This lesson focuses on the meaning and benefits of gratitude. Students listen to a read-aloud book about a gratitude jar and brainstorm things they are grateful for right now. For their service project, students will 'deliver gratitude' to others in the school community by saying thank you and observing the reactions of the person they thanked, as well as how they feel. They will keep a gratitude jar and add to it each day; they may look at their entries on tough days. They may add to others' jars with kind words.

In this one period lesson, students learn about people and children who are homeless and make bedtime bags for children in shelters as their service project. 

"I always wondered why somebody doesn't do something about that. Then I realized I was somebody."  - Lily Tomlin

Students learn about the role of bees as pollinators and learn about reasons their population numbers have been declining in recent years.  They write a letter or create a handout to teach others how to help bees through planting native species.

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