As we enter the holiday season, it may be a good time to consider conducting a unit of service learning in your classroom. For secondary students, a service learning unit might begin before the Thanksgiving break and continue until the semester ends late in January. For elementary students, a unit of service learning that begins upon students’ return from their Thanksgiving break and ends just before Winter Break may be enough.
This two-minute video, The Science of Gratitude, emphasizes the physical, mental, emotional and social benefits of practicing gratitude. Ten sources of further information are listed at the end of the video.
Check out NCESD's new Wellness Event Guide and be sure to bookmark it! The guide includes things like checklists, timelines, templates, and more to help you host your own Wellness Event in your school.
The Healthy Relationship Toolkit, adapted from Safe Dates, teaches communication and conflict resolution skills, challenges gender stereotypes and includes an extensive list of feeling words.
Introduce gratitude into the classroom with a Gratitude Journal activity for students. Learn about the activity and get inspiration with some guiding discussion questions.
Kindness in the Classroom© is a free social-emotional learning curriculum from the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation (RAK). There are resources available for grades PK-12.