Teaching Kids and Teens to Express Gratitude

Posted by Kristy Beaudry McCain on Nov 25, 2014 9:00:15 PM

Teaching Kids Respect, Gratitude and Appreciation Builds Character

Being thankful is important. Expressing gratitude promotes positive relationships. Showing appreciation for acts of kindness and generosity is something that should be taught to children.

Books That Inspire Gratitude

Readers have the opportunity to enjoy these titles about stories of gratitude. These books offer a great opportunity to build student's moral values as well as enrich student’s vocabulary and content knowledge. Big Universe offers hundreds of titles in many different languages on thousands of topics. Find these delightful and engaging texts at www.biguniverse.com

Teach children to appreciate things using these texts...

thumb-4Keep Your Chin Up
by Colleen Hord (author) © 2013
ISBN: 9781618104366
Calypson Cat is having a hard time with all the other cats on the ship. They always complained and were not grateful for the place they had to live, or the fish they had to eat, or the mice they had to chase. After calling a meeting to remind them how lucky they are, the other cats have a change of attitude and come to appreciate what they have.

thumb.jpgBen's Big Dig
by Daniel Wakeman (illustrator), Dirk Van Stralen (illustrator)
ISBN: 9781551433844
Take a wetsuit on this trip!

If you dug a hole to the other side of the earth, where do you think you would end up? In this wordless picturebook, pictures tell Ben’s story of a midnight journey through the center of the earth and the surprising journey home. Ben’s mother has dropped him off for a visit with his grandmother, a woman with a penchant for baking. Ben feels lost and lonely until he discovers a chest full of mining gear. He embarks on an adventure that will make him grateful for the hundreds of pies stacked in his grandmother’s kitchen.

Teach children to value the work of others while reading...

thumb-5Thanks, NASA!
by Tom Greve (author) © 2013
ISBN: 9781618103802
This Book Explores The Tremendous Contribution That NASA Has Made Over The Last Half Century. Detailed Timelines About Space Exploration And The Development Of The Space Program Are All Discussed In Detail. Also Gives Detailed Information About Astronauts And Their Explorations.

Teach children about the value of sharing while reading...

thumb-8Thanks for Sharing, Tommy
by Julia Giachetti (author), Marc Mons (illustrator) © 2014
ISBN: 9781478804666 AR: Book Level 0.0 / Points 0.0 / Quiz NA
I Get Along with Others


Teach children about the importance of using good manners while reading...

thumbThe Magic of Manners
by Tracy Maurer (author) © 2011
ISBN: 9780983340782
A fun look at manners. Children will learn the meaning of thank you, please, and being kind.


Want To Create Grateful and Appreciative Children and Teens?

Try These Tips...

Have Students Create an A to Z Gratitude List


Educating students about the power of thankfulness can help them to build positive lifelong relationships. Gratitude can strengthen bonds between others. It can better communities, schools and classrooms. Kids can create an A to Z list of things that they are grateful for.

Write a Thank You Note Everyday For One Week

Students can write thank you notes to people that have given them gifts or have helped them. They can write one note per day, everyday for one week. Pupils can write notes to:

  • Parents
  • Friends
  • Teachers
  • The Post Man or Woman
  • Doctors
  • Dentists
  • Coaches
  • The Principal
  • Aunts and Uncles
  • Siblings
  • Babysitters
  • Anyone that they want to thank








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