a school craft: gratitude chain

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November has blown into our midst and with it, at least in the elementary school library, comes discussions about gratitude, songs about turkeys and books about special holiday family gatherings. I started our school gratitude chain this morning with my 3rd, 4th and 5th graders and each time they visit the library I’ll have them write little or big things that they are grateful for up to Thanksgiving break.

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This is such a quick and easy way to talk about how feeling grateful for things in our life links us together. I love doing these school wide bonding projects where my students can pick out the small part they play in the big picture. They’re part of something. I had students who wrote that they were thankful for their breakfast, their parents, their pets and others who said they were thankful for God, the world, and their education (whoa). It’s all gravy! It took five minutes of my precious class time after book check out which, in my opinion, is well worth it.  It was also nice to tell them that for my link in our gratitude chain, I wrote “I’m thankful for my students.” I hope it made them feel good.

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For this project you need:

  • scissors or a paper cutter
  • construction paper
  • tape
  • markers

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First, I used a paper cutter to cut the construction paper about 2-3″ by 9″ (short ways if using standard 9″ x 12″ construction paper.  I put stacks out for students to choose from along with a little container of markers. I had another empty container for them to place their strip when they were done.

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I later taped the ends together by weaving the links in a circle around the last one to form a chain. Keep adding to your chain as long as you’d like and hang up with either tape or pushpins.

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This is just from one day. I think we’ll make our way all the way around the library at this rate! Happy month of gratitude, friends!