Appreciation Lesson Plan

Instructor: Maria Airth

Maria has a Doctorate of Education and over 20 years of experience teaching psychology and math related courses at the university level.

Learn by doing. In this lesson plan, students will practice showing appreciation by acting out appreciative responses to scenarios. A text lesson and worksheet will ensure an academic understanding of related terms associated with the topic.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Relate the concept of gratitude with appreciation
  • Define gratitude, reciprocity, indebtedness, and altruism
  • Demonstrate an understanding of appreciation through a role playing activity


30-60 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.


Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, using formal English when appropriate to task and situation. (See grade 5 Language standards 1 and 3 here for specific expectations.)


Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 5 topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.



  • Review the definition of synonym.
  • Write the word 'Appreciation' on the board. Ask your students for synonyms for this word.
  • Write all the correct responses on the board around the main word. Ensure that the word 'Gratitude' is mentioned (if not, bring it up yourself).
  • Ask your class to brainstorm about whether there are benefits to appreciation, showing appreciation and/or gratitude.
  • After a few minutes of discussion, tell your students that today's lesson will focus on appreciation as it relates to thankfulness or gratitude.

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