Positive Attitude Lesson Plan

Instructor: Mary Beth Burns

Mary Beth has taught 1st, 4th and 5th grade and has a specialist degree in Educational Leadership. She is currently an assistant principal.

In this lesson plan, students will learn more about what it means to maintain a positive attitude. This lesson plan involves students brainstorming, discussing and writing about positive attitudes.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe what it means to have a positive attitude
  • Determine whether a choice reflected a positive attitude or negative attitude
  • Evaluate a real-world situation and determine how to maintain a positive attitude


45-60 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.6.3

Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.6.1

Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 6 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.


  • Blank writing paper

Lesson Instructions

  • To start the lesson, ask:
    • What is a positive attitude?
  • Write student responses on the board working together to create a definition.
  • Now, have students listen to a series of statements and decide if it is a positive attitude or negative attitude. If they think it is positive, they will smile and give a thumbs up. If they think it is negative, it will frown and give a thumbs down.
  • Read the following statements aloud:
    • Michael's soccer game gets rained out, so he has a temper tantrum in the parking lot of the field.
    • Jim was nervous for his math test, so he pretended to be sick and went home.
    • Pam's class field trip was cancelled, so she told her classmates that they will have a fun day at school anyways.
    • Kevin fell off his bike, so he brushed off his shoulders, got back on the bike and tried again.
    • Ryan lost the school election. He told the person who beat him 'Congratulations!' and shook his hand.
    • Meredith does not like Monday mornings, so she goes to school with a scowl on her face.
  • If the answer is negative, ask students how it could have been turned into a positive attitude.

Discussion Questions

Use these discussion questions to allow students to think more in-depth about positive attitude and how it affects them and others.

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