Did you know that the more grateful you are, the happier you are? Thanksgiving provides a great opportunity to get students practicing gratitude. Begin by identifying reasons to be grateful, then practice gratitude, and finally amplify your gratitude to spread happiness to others. Here are a few ways Wixie can help.
1. Identify reasons to be grateful
A cornucopia, or horn of plenty, filled with fruits, vegetables, nuts, and flowers has been a symbol of abundance used for thousands of years. Assign the I am thankful for template to each student in your class to have them identify things in their individual lives that nourish their body, mind, and spirit or that they have in abundance.
2. Practice gratitude
Thank you cards aren’t just for gift recipients. Are you grateful for friendship, assistance, or support from a teammate? Identify a person who is responsible for one of the things you are grateful for and send them a thank you note.
Asking students to design a card allows them to practice gratitude and empathy as they consider questions like:
- What does gratitude look like and sound like?
- What types of things am I grateful for?
- How can my design help recipients understand and feel my gratitude?
Students can simply start a new blank project and create a cover design with the paint tools and image options. Students can also use their device's camera to capture hand-crafted artwork they have made, capture a video thank you or even take a selfie and use the microphone to record a message.
If you don’t have time for the design piece, simply assign a thank you card template students can complete. To promote student self-direction, ask them to open the Templates >Stationery folder at their Wixie home page and choose a design from the gallery.
Use Wixie's print booklet features to create paper products students can fold into greeting cards and then mail.
You can also ask students to design their own thanksgiving cards to share and send to family and friends.
3. Amplify gratitude
Help others more easily identify what they have to be grateful for. For example, create an artifact that memorializes how you feel about a shared event with family or friends.
Print and mail the memory, or share it digitally, with those who joined you.
You can also use templates like the 5 senses poem and Thanksgiving plate to have each student make Thanksgiving traditions and memories tangible. When students are finished, print their work. Have students work with a partner or small group to share and compare family traditions... and maybe even start some new ones!
So much of Thanksgiving also centers around food. In the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, have students work with family members to write down the recipe for a dish their family eats at Thanksgiving.
Print and share or combine student recipes together to create a "So Many Delicious Ways to Celebrate" cookbook you distribute to families.
It's easy to export the combined book as a PDF to share digitally. For a more professional-looking print version, export student's individual recipes as an image. Then, upload to a photo-sharing service and publish the combined images as a soft-cover book!
May your Thanksgiving be filled with family, friends, joy, and gratitude.