Want to be happy? Be grateful youtu.be/UtBsl3j0YRQ
The Science of Gratitude youtu.be/JMd1CcGZYwU
Access the student reflection APP which provides an opportunity for students and teachers to reflect and respond to topic-specific prompts.
NOTE: The following activities have been designed specifically for Younger High School Students (Grade 9- Essential Foundational Activities) and Older High School Students (Grade 10- Extended Deeper Activities).
Invite students to use the Reflection APP and respond to the prompts for this lesson.
Activity 1: (25 minutes) GRATITUDE SCAVENGER HUNT
You can use an image or words to complete your Scavenger Hunt “collection”:
When you are done, spend some time sharing in small groups. Depending on time, maybe have each person choose 3 or 4 items to share. Use these to reflect on what you’re grateful for.
Activity 2: (10 minutes) GRATITUDE QUESTIONS
Start a class discussion with the prompt: “Why don’t we ask for the things we need when it comes to gratitude?” If needed, use the following prompts:
Activity 3: (15 minutes) HAPPINESS
Watch the following video: Want to be happy? Be grateful by David Steindl-Rast. Have the students take note of key phrases or new ideas of gratitude that are discussed in the video.
Activity 4: (30 minutes) GRATITUDE SCHOOL PROGRAM
Break the class into 2 groups. Each group will be designing a gratitude program for the school. This includes activities, goals, and overall purpose of the program. If needed, have the students consider the following prompts:
Each group will then create a “Club Poster” advertising the program. Once the student groups have finished, have them each present to each other; compare the similarities and differences between the 2 programs.
Activity 5: (15 minutes) GRATITUDE QUOTES
Share the following quote by Jimmy Carter: “Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” As a class, answer the follow-up questions:
Activity 6: (10 minutes) THE SCIENCE OF GRATITUDE
Watch The Science of Gratitude. After watching the video, discuss the following prompts as a class:
Activity 7: (25 minutes) A NOTE OF GRATITUDE
Share a story from your own life about someone that has mentored you or made a difference for you. Invite students to think about someone who has done the same in their own life. Tell them you are going to give them 15 minutes to connect with that person. They can write them a note, or step into the hallway to give them a call. Invite students to be specific about what they are grateful for in thanking their person. Have a class discussion: