Hey teaching friends! I know most of us tend to think about the 12 Days of Christmas when December hits, but I was reflecting on being thankful in November, so I decided to throw a little Organized Classroom twist on the normal tradition. Introducing the 12 Days of Gratitude Jar!
How does it work? Simple! Head below to download the freebie packet which contains both color and grayscale versions of the materials. Cut the page of sentences into strips and wrap each around a pencil to curl. Toss into a mason jar and tape the header around the bottom.
Now – count 12 days before your Thanksgiving Break begins and each day for 12 days, pass the jar around for each student to pick a topic to be thankful for and write about it on the worksheet. After time is up for the activity that day, have students toss their topic back in the jar for the next day to pick again. It’s fine if they end up picking the same topic on more than one day. Just have the student choose a different item to write about that would fall under the same topic. Easy peasy!
It is not a huge assessed writing assignment, but rather something to start (or end) the day with a frame of mind that encourages gratitude. That is something that should happen all year long, but November is a particularly great month to focus on it.
And just for the record, I am super thankful for each of you! #soblessed