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November 1, 2018

6 Books to Inspire Students to Give Thanks Each Day

By Scholastic Editors
Grades PreK–K, 1–2

    When it comes to creating a culture of kindness in the classroom, gratitude is an important quality to instill in students. Being thankful, and showing it, not only strengthens bonds between your students, their friends, and their teachers, it resonates beyond your classroom into the community and into the world. When gratitude becomes second nature, it has far-reaching effects!

    As with most areas related to social-emotional learning, teaching your students to be grateful and to give thanks begins with you. Modeling the type of behavior you want to see from your students goes a long way in creating a learning atmosphere that bridges academic learning with important social skills crucial to student success beyond the classroom. But modeling isn’t the only way to teach students the importance of gratitude.

    For young students, books and activities are a wonderful way to engage them and show just what it means to be truly grateful. Here are 6 books and activities that will enhance the social-emotional learning experience and inspire any student to give thanks each and every day:

    1. Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message

    This book shows students exactly what it means to give thanks and express one’s gratitude for all living things each and every morning.

    2. Feeling Thankful

    But living things aren’t the only things students should be grateful for in the world. From walks in the rain to the special people in their life, children learn they have a lot to be thankful for from this book.

    3. The Thankful Book

    Whether it’s for underwear or for a perfectly sized birthday cake, giving thanks should be an everyday occurrence.

    4. Give Thanks for Each Day

    This book shows students that one can never run out of things to be grateful for in this world.

    5. Bear Says Thanks

    What better way is there to show your appreciation for your friends than by organizing a big dinner party and sharing a special gift!

    6. Splat the Cat: Splat Says Thank You

    Students will definitely relate to the strong bond between Splat and Seymour, and how important it is to show our true friends just how grateful we are for their friendship.

    These 6 books are perfect lead-ins to discussions and writing activities focused on gratitude and giving thanks. After reading, bring students together to talk about the big things and small things in their lives that they are thankful for. Once they share with the class, have them choose a very special one to write about.

    Showing your own appreciation for your students’ gratitude is another great way to complement these books and activities. When you see a student express gratitude for something or someone in class, be sure to show them just how much that means to you by giving them a big, heartfelt thank you!

    When it comes to creating a culture of kindness in the classroom, gratitude is an important quality to instill in students. Being thankful, and showing it, not only strengthens bonds between your students, their friends, and their teachers, it resonates beyond your classroom into the community and into the world. When gratitude becomes second nature, it has far-reaching effects!

    As with most areas related to social-emotional learning, teaching your students to be grateful and to give thanks begins with you. Modeling the type of behavior you want to see from your students goes a long way in creating a learning atmosphere that bridges academic learning with important social skills crucial to student success beyond the classroom. But modeling isn’t the only way to teach students the importance of gratitude.

    For young students, books and activities are a wonderful way to engage them and show just what it means to be truly grateful. Here are 6 books and activities that will enhance the social-emotional learning experience and inspire any student to give thanks each and every day:

    1. Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message

    This book shows students exactly what it means to give thanks and express one’s gratitude for all living things each and every morning.

    2. Feeling Thankful

    But living things aren’t the only things students should be grateful for in the world. From walks in the rain to the special people in their life, children learn they have a lot to be thankful for from this book.

    3. The Thankful Book

    Whether it’s for underwear or for a perfectly sized birthday cake, giving thanks should be an everyday occurrence.

    4. Give Thanks for Each Day

    This book shows students that one can never run out of things to be grateful for in this world.

    5. Bear Says Thanks

    What better way is there to show your appreciation for your friends than by organizing a big dinner party and sharing a special gift!

    6. Splat the Cat: Splat Says Thank You

    Students will definitely relate to the strong bond between Splat and Seymour, and how important it is to show our true friends just how grateful we are for their friendship.

    These 6 books are perfect lead-ins to discussions and writing activities focused on gratitude and giving thanks. After reading, bring students together to talk about the big things and small things in their lives that they are thankful for. Once they share with the class, have them choose a very special one to write about.

    Showing your own appreciation for your students’ gratitude is another great way to complement these books and activities. When you see a student express gratitude for something or someone in class, be sure to show them just how much that means to you by giving them a big, heartfelt thank you!

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