When it comes to creating a culture of kindness inside and outside your classroom, gratitude is a key ingredient—and during the month of November, there’s no better time to help students reflect upon what they can be grateful for in their lives.

Plus, check out these 28 read alouds that teach about gratitude. 

As you and your students count down the days to the break, these gratitude writing prompts will not only help your students reflect on the spirit of the season but will also show them just how much there is to be thankful for in their classroom, at home, and in their community.

1.     Describe your favorite season. What’s makes it so special?

2.     What’s your favorite holiday? Why?

3.     Describe one of your greatest accomplishments. How did it make you feel?

4.     What is one goal you have for the school year? What can you do now to achieve your future it?

5.     Describe your dream job.

6.     What does gratitude mean to you?

7.     Describe three different ways you can show gratitude without saying “thank you.”

8.     How does it make you feel when someone thanks you? Describe a time when someone thanked you for helping them.

9.     Estimate how many times you express gratitude each day. Do you think the amount is just right or could you give thanks even more? Why or why not?

10.  What is your favorite thing to do at school? Why?

11.  What is your favorite thing to do at home? Why?

12.  Describe the most beautiful thing you’ve seen this week.

13.  What is your favorite weekend activity? Why?

14.  Describe something special about your family that you’re grateful for.

15.  Describe something special about a friend that you’re grateful for.

16.  Choose three people to write thank you notes to today.

17.  Write a thank you note to yourself.

18.  Describe a time when you did something to help a classmate.

19.  Describe a time when you did something to help a family member.

20.  What are your most looking forward to today? Why?

21.  Describe a time when you learned something new.

22.  Describe something good that happened to you today.

23.  What are three things you love most about yourself?

24.  Describe an event from your past that made you smile.

25.  Write a thank you poem to someone special in your life.

By writing about gratitude every day during the month of November, your students will realize just how much they have to be thankful for in their lives. Daily writing is a great habit for them to get into, and by encouraging your students to take a few minutes each day to jot down their thoughts on gratitude, you’ll sustain and strengthen the culture of kindness within your classroom. 

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