Focusing on gratitude for one day in the month of November is a great way to bring in holiday content that focuses on something that matters. It also is a great way to have fun with a theme! Here are some quick activity ideas!
“The Last Stop on Market Street”
This is a GREAT read aloud to use for gratitude day! I love to read this story (or do the interactive read aloud on EPIC here) and then look at how characters change throughout the story.
Letter writing is such an impactful form of writing that we don’t do enough in school. It is impactful because it is personal and can make an impact on the world.
Have them write thankful letters to their parents, friends, people that work in the school, etc.!
It isn’t hard to take math and make it match any theme!
- Have students write word problems that follow the thankful theme and then have each other solve them.
- Do a math flashcard challenge. Students complete five flashcards and then they run to the board and write something they are thankful for. They are in a race to get as many things on the board before the timer runs out.
- Do the thankful math centers that I created in this pack!
Students don’t always understand what they should be grateful for and what could be gone quickly. When you are studying your content, limited resources are a great thing to go over on your gratitude day.
Have each group of students pick one limited resource, research it, and then share their findings.
- Make a thankful tree by adding things that students are thankful for on the leaves
- Create a word art that shows all the things they are thankful for.
- Have them draw and create art to give to someone they are thankful for.
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