Innovative
Classroom

Center Focus

Take for Granted

  1. It is often said that we don't realize what we have until it's gone. Wouldn't it be nice if we could appreciate things on a daily basis rather than taking them for granted. Thanksgiving is the perfect time to have your kids ponder the meaning of this saying.
  2. They should make a list of things that they take for granted, really thinking about the idea of it or them not being there anymore.
  3. Have them then choose one thing that they would miss the most. The idea is for them to delve deep into their thinking and consider intangible things like health, security, love, etc.
  4. They should then write about a situation that would make them realize how grateful they really are for that one thing. For example, if it's their freedom for which they are grateful, they might consider being in a prison or concentration camp or even a country where they are not allowed to practice a particular belief. They should consider the aspect of that "one thing" that they value the most.
  5. Lastly have them write a short essay explaining what they can do now to stop taking this thing for granted and how they will do this on a daily basis.

More Center Focus Ideas

Valentine Placemats
Hurricane by David Weisner
Irish Stained Glass Scene
Different Perspectives on Columbus
Area of a Shamrock
How fast Can You Run?
Rebus Stories
Original Nature Tales
The Mayflower Compact
Base10 Blocks
Bean Bag Throw-and-Catch
Dough Dreidel
Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot!
Olympic Rings
Inching Along
Sort the States of Matter
How Far is Sydney?
Guided by the Stars
What Happens to the Paper?
Melting Ice
Time Capsule Diorama
Decorative Vase
Beast Feast
Count Pine Cone Scales
Historical Trivia
Balloon Rocket
Journal Topic: Space Exploration
Food For Thought
Walk a Mile in Their Boots
Halloween Word Search
What Weighs More?
U.S. Percentages
Author Spotlight
Corn on the Cob
Washer Weights
Jacks
Write the Words
Columbus Portraits
European vs. Taino
Does It Measure Up?
Bottle Flutes
Grateful for Acrostic
Pattern Necklaces
"A Busy Year" Reading
Pocket Chart
American Anthems
Fact and Opinion
Totem Pole
Haikon Mosaics
Pumpkin Measurements