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Gratitude Journals

I read THIS ARTICLE from Psychology Today called The Grateful Brain.  (Yes, I confess, I'm a geek when it comes to the brain and how it works.  I read at least a couple of articles a day online about the brain!)

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?


  1. This is the best idea! What a great way to practice all the necessary writing skills, while finding the "positive" in life each and every day. I think I may need a gratitude journal for myself!:)

    Granny Goes to School

    1. Cindy,

      I'm so glad I started the gratitude journals! My kids have been loving them, and they serve as a great warm up for writing!


  2. What a fabulous idea! Thanks so much for sharing - I will definitely use this with my class next year! :)

    Mrs. Beattie's Classroom

  3. I love it too! Thanks for the idea. I'll be using it as well.


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