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Sunday, September 2, 2018

gratitude assembly ideas

gratitude assembly ideas

Thanksgiving Gratitude Assembly

For the Thanksgiving Assembly this year, Student Council is organizing a way to show gratitude to those in our community. We have chosen to make thoughtful cards for nurses, waste management, and those who are less noticed in our Sheridan community. Students will work with their buddy to make and decorate these gratitude cards.
We will also be decorating paper bags for Hearts and Homes to use at their upcoming holiday party. These bags will have some of the candy that was donated in the recent Halloween Candy drive. Thank you for all of the donations!
While parents and caregivers are always welcome at our assemblies, please note this is not scheduled as a full community event.

Lesson Plan

Background & Learning Outcomes:

Benefits of gratitude for children include increased feelings of well-being and reduced feelings of depression and disconnection.Studies have documentedthat positive relationships and even improved school satisfaction can result from introducing the practice of gratitude in schools.
In this lesson, students will think critically, make meaningful personal connections and engage with others to share and develop ideas.

Materials Required:

  • Gratitude HD, Moving Art on Youtube
  • "The Thankful Book" by Todd Parr (or alternate)
  • A selection of photographs, calendar images or Visual Talking Cards
  • "A is for Awesome" by Dallas Clayton (or alternate)
Teaching and Learning Activities:
  1. Activate Thinking: Co-create and jot down student responses to the questions: What is gratitude? What does it mean to be grateful? According to the world’s leading gratitude researcher Robert Emmons, gratitude is an “affirmation of goodness where we affirm that there are good things in the world.”
  1. Give each student a post-it note to jot down one thing they notice, one thing they think or one thing they wonder while watching the video. After the video, invite students to post their thinking on a chart with three columns, what they notice/think/wonder.  
  1. In pairs, use the following guiding questions: What did you notice?  What did you think? What did you wonder? How did the video make you feel? What did you connect with in the short video?
  1. Introduce the book The Thankful Book by Todd Parr. (Replace or add in other gratitude related books that are age-appropriate for students.)
  • Share the image of the front cover with learners, along with the title. Have learners predict what the contents of the book might include.
  • Read the book
  1. After the story, have pairs discuss what they noticed, what they connected with and what they are thankful for?
  1. Introduce the task of finding gratitude in photographs, calendar images, or Visual Talking Cards. Display a variety of images (e.g. spread them out on the floor) and have students choose a photograph to identify, unpack and talk about. “This make me think of…” “I am grateful for…”  
    • Invite learners to self-select a photo card that they connect to or that reminds them something they are grateful for in some way.
    • Allow time for quiet thinking, then Partner Turn and Listen to communicate the  gratitude connection with the image.
    • Switch and connect with 3 different people.
    • As a whole class, invite learners to share what they heard from their classmates about gratitude.
  1. Read the book A is for Awesome by Dallas Clayton. (Replace or add in related books that are age-appropriate for students.)
  1. ABC Brainstorm: What am I grateful for? Invite learners to use an ABC Brainstorm Template to generate a list of things they are grateful for. e.g. “A is for awesome adventures outside…” 
  1. Closure: What is gratitude? What does it mean to be grateful? Share and discuss the phrase; “ We find what we look for…”
  1. Exit task: Be grateful for what you have. Notice what’s working/what’s right in the world.


  • Students create their own gratitude jar and fill it with sentence strips describing what they are grateful for. In future classes, students add more slips or draw a gratitude stip from their jar as a gratitude reminder.
  • Build on the students' co-constructed definition of gratitude with an additional lesson planusing art or photography.


  1. I wonder how many times a day you check Facebook  . . .  Twitter . . .  Vine  . . .  Snapchat  . . .  Tumblr or Instagram?

    If you have a smartphone, my guess is that you look at it at least once an hour, maybe even once every ten minutes? More maybe. Have you ever thought what you are checking for? To see if someone is still your friend? My guess is you use it to see what is going on in other people’s lives.
  2. Now ask yourself why you are looking at what is going on in other people’s lives. Are you genuinely interested or are you actually a little but jealous? Do they seem to have nicer clothes than you, nicer hair, live in a bigger house, have more fun than you do, are allowed out later than you are  . . .  ?
  3. Have you ever considered that all these social media might actually make you ungrateful for the things you do have? That they make you think everyone else’s lives are so much better than yours?This feeling of envy and jealousy is not uncommon. As you get older, people inform me, Facebook and other such sites only seem to highlight what you don’t have. People post pictures of their wedding day, their newborn children, their children playing in the park. It is a fantastic way of communicating these happy events to those around you, but it also shows others very clearly the things that they do not have. For some people who desperately want those things, it can lead to feelings of depression and inadequacy. This happened long before social media and is not a new phenomenon, but, with access to Facebook and such sites now being as easy as checking your watch, it occurs with more startling regularity.
  4. Now, consider what you write on social media sites. Are your posts completely true reflections of you or just about the good stuff, what you want people to see, what you want them to see about you rather than how things are? As you do this, do you spend time feeling envious of others rather than being grateful for what you have? How carefully do you choose your images for social media? How carefully do you edit what goes on them?
  5. I want you to have a think now about something that you are grateful for.Take some suggestions.I sense that a lot of these things might be materialistic – you are grateful for your homes and so on. I wonder if any of you considered that you should be grateful for the fact you can hear my voice, you can see your hand in front of you, you woke up this morning safe and sound in your bed, you don’t have toothache, for your family, your chance to come to school today. It is so easy to look at what we don’t have and be envious of what others have and compare our lives to theirs.
gratitude assembly ideas
  1. Within Buddhism, this kind of dissatisfaction is the truth that the Buddha realized and it helped him in the way to enlightenment. He fully understood that the very way we are as human beings means we will always want what we can’t have and continue to crave more and better things. The way to get out of this is through meditation and to understand the impermanence of things. Another, probably easier way is to look at what we do have and be grateful for those things. Even though someone might be more popular, better looking, live in a bigger house – the list is endless – what we have is what makes us who we are, someone unique and special. That alone is something to be grateful for. 

Time for reflection

Play the calm music chosen and allow a period of silence between each of the following statements.Think again about what you have to be grateful for.

Revel in it. 

Appreciate it and be grateful for it. 
PrayerDear Lord,Thank you for all the things that I have. Let me learn to be grateful for them, appreciate them and see them as the special things they really are. Help me when I have moments of jealousy or envy to dismiss them and be grateful for all the wonderful things that I do have.

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