The Grateful Brain tells about several studies that prove gratitude can keep you healthier and happier. Sounds like a good deal!
Then I started thinking about my students and how much I'd like them to be healthy and happy.
Then I thought about the Common Core standards for writing, and the need to have the children state their opinions with evidence.
So I decided to have my students write Gratitude Journals. I just pulled out some old "Composition Books" and put these labels on the covers. (Click the image to get your own labels!)
Every day, we're writing one thing we are grateful for in our lives. (Yes, I'm keeping one too!) The children write: "Today I am grateful for... because...."
We're getting into the routine of using the gratitude journals daily, and they're enjoying it! They enjoy sharing them as a warm up for writer's workshop.
It also gives them an opportunity to practice some of those skills that some second graders still struggle with: going from a fingerspace on the left to a fingerspace on the right, then sweeping all the way back to the left again. (So many kids start halfway across the page!)
What are you grateful for?