Thank You!

K, 1, 2

Students show their appreciation for the efforts of those who are willing to donate their time and talents to make the school a better place.

Lesson Rating 
PrintOne Forty-Five Minute Class Period

The learner will:

  • brainstorm ways to show appreciation for volunteer workers at his/her school.
  • create a card, picture, poem, letter, note, artwork, etc. to give in appreciation to a volunteer worker.
  • Several examples of notes, cards, pictures, letters, etc. that might be sent to show appreciation to someone.
  • A variety of art supplies for children to use to make their projects (writing paper, construction paper, crayons, markers, scissors, glue, collage materials, etc.)
Home Connection 

None for this lesson.


None for this lesson.


  1. Anticipatory Set:

    Say something kind to each student to recognize their contributions to the class. This can be done as they enter the room after a break. For example,“I really appreciate that you picked up the trash you saw in the hallway (other examples: worked quietly, helped someone with work, listened to a friend, etc.). This makes the classroom a better place because _________. Thank you!”

  2. When everyone has received a “thank you” from the teacher, ask, “How does it feel when you receive a gift of appreciation?” Ask students to recall times when a thank you they gave or received felt good or changed their behavior.

  3. Allow time to discuss thepositive aspectsof showing others appreciation when they volunteer their time and talents to help.

  4. Show examples of possible “gifts” of thanks, which may include a card, photo, or handmade item.

  5. Discuss ways that they might show appreciation to volunteers who have helped at school. One idea is to make a collage of materials and images related to the work that the individual has done. Example: for a kitchen helper the collage may include magazine pictures of food, smiling faces and kitchen supplies as well as bits of pasta, a plastic fork and other materials to pull the images together and make the collage attractive.

  6. Assign each student a specific volunteer for whom he will make a thank-you gift. Have students decide what they would like to do as a thank you.

  7. Put out art supplies for students to use.

  8. Students should also write/dictate at least one sentence of thank you that includes why the specific volunteer work is important to the school/classroom.


Through teacher observation, assess whether the student has a desire to produce a token of appreciation for someone who volunteered at school. Do the students recognize the value of the volunteer and the importance of showing appreciation?

Cross Curriculum 

Students create small tokens of thanks to people who have served their school community.

Philanthropy Framework

  1. Strand PHIL.II Philanthropy and Civil Society
    1. Standard PCS 01. Self, citizenship, and society
      1. Benchmark E.4 Describe the characteristics of someone who helps others.
  2. Strand PHIL.III Philanthropy and the Individual
    1. Standard PI 01. Reasons for Individual Philanthropy
      1. Benchmark E.1 Describe one reason why a person might give or volunteer.