Image of the Gratefulness Teacher PackGratefulness is “showing appreciation for what I have.” This means recognizing what others have done for you and showing your gratitude. This kind of positive and thankful attitude makes someone pleasant to be with—especially compared to an ungrateful person who takes things for granted. No matter what your circumstance, you can always find something to be grateful for—if you look for it!  

Children can develop gratefulness by saying “thank you” for their food, clothing, shelter, and the many “extra” things they enjoy such as toys, books, a bicycle, games, music lessons, and the ability to live in a free country.


  1. Appreciate the people in my life.
  2. Say "please" and "thank you."
  3. Enjoy what I have instead of complaining about what I don't have.
  4. Take care of my belongings.
  5. Write thank you notes.


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Learn hand motions for the poem and song. Taught by Robert Greenlaw.

Get lyrics to the poem in the Gratefulness Teacher Pack.

Read the full nature story in the Gratefulness Teacher Pack.

Get music for “The Gratefulness Song” in the Songbook & CD set.