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November is Gratitude Month

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November is National Gratitude Month, offering an ideal opportunity to focus on and model this key social and emotional skill. Simply expressing gratitude can boost your students’ confidence,  and when kids feel appreciated and valued, they’re more likely to behave in a pro-social way–the benefits are endless. 

It is important, however, that students recognize being grateful goes much deeper than saying “thank you;” it’s about appreciating the positive aspects of their lives and learning to tune out the negatives. It sounds easier than it is! To help you help your students, we encourage you to explore BrainPOP’s SEL collection during Gratitude Month and all year long! 

Here are some ideas to get you started:

BrainPOP-Style Gratitude Movie: Who has helped you this year? A coach? Friend? Teacher? Parent? Make a movie expressing gratitude to this person and share it with him or her!

Exhibit of Gratitude: Watch the Parenthood movie, then code a museum exhibit that expresses your gratitude for a parent, grandparent, or caregiver.

Gratitude Map: Clearing your mind of clutter can help you focus on what’s most important! Watch the Mindfulness Movie, then make a concept map of what you’re grateful for.