Gratitude trees

What’s involved

Gratitude is linked to happiness so teaching students to practice gratitude is important for helping them grow up to be happier people.

  • Create a bulletin board with a big tree on it.
  • Discuss with students what gratitude is, what it looks like, sounds like, and feels like.
  • Ask the students submit messages of gratitude to their classroom teacher, principal, or other staff members.
  • Staff members will take these messages of gratitude and put them onto the tree bulletin board.
  • As the tree branches grow, staff members can share the messages on social media pages to increase engagement and excitement among their school.

NOTE: For in-person learning, students can add their own gratitude messages on the tree, or they can participate in the activity of Gratitude Grafitti.

Who can deliver it

  • Teachers
  • Principals
  • Support staff
  • Student leaders
  • Parent council

Time commitment

  • 30 minutes for the gratitude discussion
  • 45 minutes to create the bulletin board tree
  • A few additional minutes to add new posts to the tree as they come in

Resources required

For virtual:

  • Computer
  • Gratitude leaf template
  • Bulletin board materials
  • Social media access

For in-person:

  • Bulletin board materials
  • Gratitude leaf template
  • Stapler
  • Markers

Ideal learning environment

  • Long-term virtual learning
  • Short-term virtual learning
  • Summer break
  • Outdoor education
  • Hybrid classroom
  • Traditional classroom

Pictures and/or videos of this health promotion practice being delivered​


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