Grades K-2

I’m Grateful For...

Use these fun printables to help younger students learn about and express gratitude!

Activity Partner
Total time estimate:
15-20 minutes
Activity Objectives
  • Students will learn about gratitude and reflect on who (or what) they are thankful for
  • Then, students will express their appreciation by writing "thank you" letters

This activity supports the development of the following social-emotional skill: social awareness.


Engage students in a discussion about gratitude. You might explain: "Gratitude is when we notice something special, like a person who helped us, an item or place that brings us joy, or a goal that we achieved. We think about what makes this so special to us, and how it makes us feel. Then, we show our appreciation by saying "thank you" or returning the kindness."


Share the handout below with students and ask them to write about (or draw) three things they are grateful for (and why). How do they feel when they think about them?

Then, ask students to write a "thank you" letter to someone they are grateful for, and share why they appreciate them. Consider using the templates below, or ask students to come up with their own design!


Guide students through a post-activity reflection by asking the following questions: 

  • Why is it important to appreciate others?
  • How did this activity make you feel? 
  • What did you learn about your classmates? Did you share anything in common?
  • Did their responses help you think of more things that you are grateful for?
  • What are other ways we can practice gratitude?
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