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Writers Workshop: Operation Gratitude

Grades: 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade
Subjects: Home Learning, Character Building, Reading

Student Instructions

There are people in our communities and around the world that work hard to help us daily. Let's thank them! Operation Gratitude sends letters to first responders and our military. 1. 🤔 Brainstorm a list of service providers who are helping keep us safe. Ask a family member to brainstorm with you if you need help. Some people to consider include: Doctors, nurses, paramedics, firefighters, police officers, food service workers, military members etc. 2. Pick one service provider that you would like to make a thank you note or card for. 3. ✍️ Create your thank you note or drawing. 4. add tap the add button. 5. photo Tap the camera to take a picture of your note or video yourself reading it aloud. 6. check Tap the green check to add to your journal. 7. 🗣 Ask an adult to help you mail your card. You can mail your note to your local service provider or: Operation Gratitude ATTN: Letter Writing Program 9409 Owensmouth Avenue Chatsworth, CA 91311 Family Why: Gratitude can reduce stress and build empathy. Writing for a real audience allows students to apply the skills they are learning in class to meaningful real-life situations.

Teacher Notes (not visible to students)

Encourage your students to show gratitude and kindness. It helps reduce stress and builds empathy. Letter writing for an authentic audience is a practical readers and writers workshop activity. Modify this activity based on the age of your students and the country you are teaching in. CSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.1.5 CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.2.5 CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.4