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Gratitude Letter Scrapbook/Digital Canva Activity/SEL/Special Education


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About This Lesson

Are you looking to practice gratitude with your students? Use this activity to help students express gratitude to someone they love by creating a Gratitude Scrapbook! 

This fun activity includes two Gratitude Scrapbook templates in Canva (each with 5+ templated scrapbook pages) for your student(s) to choose from. Students will choose who they'd like to express gratitude toward and can personalize the scrapbook with photos, stickers, notes, etc. After creating the scrapbook, they can share it—whether digitally, live, or printed—with the person who's positively impacted their life! 

This is a great activity for students who prefer a visual option or for special education students who may not have access to written or spoken language.  

Here's what you'll get:

* Two Gratitude Scrapbook Templates in Canva

* Instructions for creating a Gratitude Scrapbook in Canva

* Guidance on implementing gratitude in the classroom

* Access to Gratitude Letter Writing lesson plans and a unit study

Why you'll love this scrapbook activity:

*Expressing gratitude has a tremendous impact on our wellbeing and relationships - for both the sender and the recipient

* The activity is easy to read and implement.

* You can use this resource as a standalone activity or as part of a comprehensive, science-based unit study.

* The associated free unit study for Gratitude Letter Writing comes with IEP and BIP recommendations tailored specifically to students with autism

Ways to Use

  • Incorporate into SEL curriculum
  • Integrate into small groups and/or individual counseling sessions
  • Families can use this at home, too!

What is Gratitude Letter Writing? 

Gratitude is often thought of as thankfulness, appreciation, or a sense of wonder. By intentionally practicing skills like Gratitude Letter Writing, we can all learn to experience, enhance, and express more gratitude.

A Gratitude Letter is more than a thank-you note. It's a formal letter that you write to someone who has had a profound impact on your life and whom you have not yet properly thanked. This could be a family member, mentor, student, friend, or colleague. 

Reflect on the people who have helped shape your life — people who have taken the time to share their strengths with you, guide you, or help you in a meaningful way. Now, write a letter that thoroughly expresses your gratitude — describe, in detail, what their role in your life has meant to you. Once you have written your Gratitude Letter, schedule a time to hand deliver or read the letter to them if possible. Something remarkable happens when gratitude letters are shared in person.

Science of Gratitude

The science is clear — pausing, reflecting, and writing gratitude letters can positively benefit both the writer and the recipient. Recalling past experiences through the lens of gratitude enhances positive affect, writing about them enables the mind to broaden and build, and taking the time to deliver and read gratitude letters to the recipient boosts both parties' wellbeing and has a positive impact on the relationship. Believe it or not, this positive intervention can impact your wellbeing for weeks or even months.

People who engage in the practice of writing gratitude letters are more likely to experience:

  • Increased happiness
  • Boosted immune system
  • Increased positive affect
  • Increased life satisfaction
  • Enhanced gratitude
  • Stronger relationships

Looking for more gratitude resources? 

* Explore the free Gratitude Letter Writing Unit Study, which includes teaching slides, additional worksheets and activities, and even IEP and BIP recommendations tailored specifically to students with autism. 

Proof Positive's resources are and will always be free. Be well!

Bonus access to full lesson plans and unit studies on the skills of happiness at our Skill Center




Activity, Interactive
June 3, 2024
2.61 MB


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