I’ve created an “I Am Thankful” poem template for students to share their gratitude and I love how simple and beautiful the poems turn out! Students just need to come up with something or someone they are thankful for and write their ideas around that topic. The most popular topic is FAMILY. I model an example for them using my family to help them get started.
Next, they create a “Give Thanks” mini-poster. There are two boxes to complete for family and friends, and a third box to write about why they are thankful for their family and friends. I allow students to write or draw (or both) in the family and friends boxes and require to complete the “why” box in writing.
Finally, students write notes of gratitude to special people in their lives. I ask students to write at least two (but more are encouraged) – one to a family member and one to someone outside their own family – such as a favorite teacher, the principal, a custodian, a bus driver, a babysitter, etc.
I ask my students to share their poems and mini-posters with their families on Thanksgiving day and help them deliver their notes of gratitude to the special people outside of their family.
The Give Thanks poem template, mini-poster, and notes of gratitude are available in a print version in my TeachersPayTeachers store, HERE. I also have a DIGITAL version for Google Slides™ bundled with the print version available HERE.
I am thankful to YOU and for all that you do for students!