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5.1 WWW

Domain: Positive Emotions

Module: Gratitude

BOOST IT!

Students use magazines to create a class ‘gratitude collage’.

DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME

Identifies opportunities for gratitude in their own life and expresses an appreciation for nature

LEARNING INTENTION

Express gratitude for different experiences

ASSESSMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Students’ contributions during circle time

‘Grateful Kid’ statements

RESOURCES

Audiovisual equipment

Coloured paddle pop sticks

‘Grateful Game’ chart (provided)

Paper

Pencils/crayons

MINDFUL MOMENT

BRAIN BREAK

REMOTE OPPORTUNITIES

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STRATEGIES AND QUESTIONS

Optional: Play ‘Thanksgiving Song-I’m Thankful For What I’ve Got’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PI0AkJ8PCL4 (2:53) as students enter the room, or use it as a lesson transition.


INTRODUCTION – WHERE THE LESSON IS GOING AND WHAT IS EXPECTED

Big questions: What are we learning about? Why?

Introduce the learning intention and contextualise the lesson for your class.


ACTIVITY 1 – GRATEFUL KIDS

Discuss the meaning of thankfulness and gratitude, to ensure students have a clear understanding of these terms. Play ‘I am Grateful kid video’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6yuQXUn3MEg (0:50). Explain to students that they will be able to record what they’re grateful for during this lesson.

Questions could include: What are you grateful for? Why are you grateful for that? How could your life be different without that thing/person/concept?

Success criteria: Watch and listen carefully, take turns, listen to others


ACTIVITY 2 – CIRCLE TIME GRATITUDE

Explain and model the ‘Grateful Game’, using the provided sheet. Students sit in a circle with a pile of coloured paddle pop sticks in the centre. They then take turns to select one of the paddle pop sticks and share something for which they are grateful. Students may then keep the paddle pop stick as a symbol of the many things they have to be grateful for.

Success criteria: Take turns, listen to others


ACTIVITY 3 – WWW DRAWINGS

Explain the concept of ‘What Went Well’ – that it is a reflective activity used to highlight past positive experiences. Students are to select something from today that went well, whether it is at home or school, in the classroom or the playground. They then draw this event and, after a given amount of time, share their WWW with a partner.

You might like to play some appropriate music quietly in the background, while students are working. E.g. ‘Thankful’ by Josh Groban.

Success criteria: Select a past positive event, work quietly and independently


REFLECTION – RETHINKING AND REVISING

Big Ideas: What have I learnt about being grateful?

See above for the filming of students’ ‘Grateful Kid’ statements.

Success criteria: Take turns, listen to others