- Discuss the definition of gratitude
- Write a letter to a member of their community they are thankful for
- Letter Template Sheet printable
- Chart paper or whiteboard
- Computer with Internet access
- Optional: Show Someone You Care Poster printable
- Distribute copies of the Letter Template Sheet printable to the class.
- Optional: Print and display the Show Someone You Care Poster printable.
Step 1: Discuss what gratitude means. Who do students feel thankful toward? Students may mention family members, friends, and teachers. Encourage students to brainstorm examples of people who help us every day but who may not get the recognition they deserve — for example, firefighters, police officers, nurses, and custodians.
Step 2: Brainstorm ways that people show they are thankful. Explain that sending a card or letter can be a meaningful way to show gratitude.
Step 3: Create a model letter of gratitude as a class. Invite students to discuss and decide what the letter will say as you write the letter on chart paper or the whiteboard. Be sure the class model includes:
- An appropriate greeting
- A statement of appreciation (e.g., Thank you for the work you do to keep our community safe.)
- Specific details about the person’s impact
- An appropriate closing and signature
Step 4: Have each student select a community worker to thank with a letter. Give students time to draft their own letters using the Letter Template Sheet printable.
Step 5: Explain how to locate the addresses for local agencies online. Allow students to search for needed addresses in class or assign this research as homework.
Step 6: Remind students of the due date to bring in a stamp from home so that their letters can be mailed along with their classmates’ letters.
Step 7: Use the Final Project Lesson Plan instructions to guide students to complete and mail their letters.