A Thanksgiving Bell Ringer—From Us To You

Adee Braun

Hi teachers!

If your life is anything like mine, each day seems to speed by in a blur. That's why I'm always grateful for an opportunity to pause and take a moment to think about all the things and people I am grateful for—my friends, my family, and all of you!

I've put together a few of my favorite quotes about gratitude for you and your students to use as a bell ringer or do-now. Have students read the three quotes below (you can print them and post them around your classroom). Then have students read the writing prompts below and chose one to respond to.


Writing prompts about gratitude:

  • Close your eyes and slowly go through your typical day. What do you take for granted in your day-to-day life that you can be thankful for?
  • Think of a time when someone gave you the right kind of help at the moment you needed it. Write a letter thanking this person. If possible, mail you letter of appreciation to this person.
  • Close your eyes and think of someone who plays an influential role in your life. Why is this person important to you? Write this person a letter to express your gratitude for his or her presence in your life.
  • In what ways are you fortunate? Make a list of 10 things you are grateful for. Include people, things, and experiences past and present. Keep the list and continue to add to it throughout the year.
  • Think of something you've accomplished so far this year. Who helped you along the way? Write a letter expressing your gratitude to that person.
  • Think about a challenge you've experienced in the past or that you're experiencing now. What about that experience can you be thankful for?


Click on each image to download and print, then display them in your classroom.




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