Sometimes it is the most simple of things that can make the greatest of impact. Two little words can heal, build bridges, and bring happiness. What are those little words?
The Gratitude Project was something I designed in the first year of Quantum Academy. The intention behind this project was to inspire kids to see their words and actions can not only create a positive impact on the community, but also build happiness into their world.
The guiding question for this project is:
How can sharing your gratitude with others impact you and your community?
This project was designed for 4th-8th graders and meant to take only a small portion of the week in which we called “Homeroom Time” where students developed social emotional skills and skills based on the Quantum Academy values (see image below).
The project was originally inspired by this video called “The Science of Happiness: An Experiment in Gratitude” which explains the link between showing others gratitude and one’s own happiness. Would the world be a better place if we just told people how much they really mean to us?
In this project students partake in a journey to write 3 letters of gratitude and to actually attempt to read that letter to the person who impacts them them most. The first letter students write is someone important in their lives such as a close friend or family member. The second letter is to someone within the school community and the last letter (which may prove the most difficult to deliver) is to someone in the world who makes a positive impact on the world.
This project is organized to span three weeks and each week contains 3 lessons:
Week 1: Impact Those Close To You
Week 2: Impact Your School Community
Week 3: Making an Impact Beyond!
Here is a link to the Google Slidedeck which contains all of the lessons and resources. This link will force a copy to you so that you can redesign or personalize this project for your students. Please share any changes or enhancements you made in the comments below!