Gratitude Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

This lesson plan is a tool for helping students learn about gratitude. Students will read a lesson and answer questions about the benefits of gratitude using new vocabulary.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion, students will be able to:

  • Describe the personal and social benefits of gratitude.
  • Understand and use new vocabulary related to gratitude.

Length

90 minutes

Common Core Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.1

Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.2

Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.

Vocabulary

  • altruism
  • gratitude
  • indebtedness
  • perspective
  • network
  • optimism
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • reciprocity

Materials

  • Copies of the quiz
  • Copies of the lesson
  • Paper
  • Pens
  • Chart paper
  • Markers
  • Miscellaneous materials as determined by each student, such as stationary, construction paper, markers, crayons, card stock, etc.
  • Clip from movie 'Pay It Forward.'

Reading & Discussion Questions

  • Review vocabulary words.
  • Read Gratitude: Definition & Benefits as a class.
  • Pause after 'Benefits of Gratitude: Perspective', then discuss:
    • Turn and talk: How do you show gratitude to others?
    • Turn and talk: Describe a time that you showed gratitude to someone. How did you feel?
    • What is gratitude?
    • What is reciprocity?
    • Turn and talk: Tell about a time you felt indebted to someone. How did you feel?
  • Read the remainder of the lesson then discuss:
    • What are some personal benefits of gratitude?
    • What are some things that a person acknowledges when they show gratitude?
    • What are some social benefits of gratitude?
    • What is altruism?
    • What affect does gratitude have on a person's health?
  • Pass out the printable worksheet. Have students complete the questions independently, then check the answers together.

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