11 of My Favorite Videos to Teach Gratitude
Gratitude is such an important lesson to teach students (and adults) of all ages. It is scientifically proven that people who regularly express gratitude are happier people.
One of my favorite quotes are:
“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”
― Oprah Winfrey
To me, this quote means that we only have a certain amount of energy that we can give. We can choose to give that energy to things that help us feel joy, or feed into emotions that suck the life from us. The choice is ours.
So, with that being said, here are 11 of my FAVORITE videos I love to help teach about gratitude.
1. Kid President’s 25 Reasons to be Thankful
I LOVE this Kid President video. It is the perfect, silly video to help students think of some creative things they could be grateful for.
2. The Thankful Song by Juicebox Kids
This song is SO upbeat and SO fun for students Pre-K – 3rd grade. It gives students a bunch of synonyms for the word grateful, and will be sure to make you want to dance.
3. What Teens Are Thankful For
This is a great video for 5th-8th graders where teenagers tell people in their lives that they are grateful for them.
4. Self-Kindness Go Noodle Meditation
This is one of my FAVORITE meditations for K-4th graders. It fosters an awesome discussion about self-gratitude. We have to be kind to ourselves, and appreciate ourselves, as well as others we care about.
5. RocketKids Practicing Gratitude
RocketKids uses a list of 10 things to be grateful for to help students find and show gratitude.
6. Gratitude: A Short Film
This is a more “inspirational” type of video to explain the importance of gratitude in every day life.
7. BrainPop Gratitude
We love a good Brain Pop- this one is perfect to explain gratitude to littles.
8. How to Talk to Kids About Gratitude
A great research-based strategy to talk to kids about how to feel and show gratitude.
9. Gratitude as a Life Skill
A silly video that shows as a student looks around to find things that they are grateful for including “cat’s and birds that are friends, a teacher, and a semi-butt head sister.”
10. A Little Thankful Spot Read Aloud
The Spot series is a great book series that covers a variety of Social-Emotional Learning topics. I love to use them in my classroom! You can find the series here.
11. Kids Share Reasons to Be Thankful (2020)
Kids share reasons to be thankful!