Grade 1 Lesson 10

Grade 1    Lesson 10:  Thankfulness


As always, you and a few of the students recite prayers to open the class. You can then help them start to memorize the following prayer, on which they will continue to focus their efforts over the next two lessons. You will review the entire prayer with them in Lesson 13.

“Blessed is the spot, and the house, and the place, and the city, and the heart, and the mountain, and the refuge, and the cave, and the valley, and the land, and the sea, and the island, and the meadow where mention of God hath been made, and His praise glorified.”

So many choices of Music to Blessed is the Spot

Blessed is the Spot by Talia Safa
   Listen HERE            Baha'i Song Project Blessed #1 Listen Here          Baha'i Song Project Blessed #2  Listen Here

Baha'i Song Project Blessed #3  Listen Here                           Baha'i Blog Blessed is the Spot Vancouver friends  Listen Here  or on SOUNDCLOUD

Baha'i Blog Blessed is the Spot by Jamesley & Leon  Listen Here   or on SOUNDCLOUD

Music / Song
Moving on to the next activity, the children can learn to sing the following song and review the songs they have learned in previous lessons:  
Link to  Music sheet

I Thank and Praise Thee Lord   mp3 HERE
I thank and praise Thee Lord
For the crown of mercy
Set upon my head
It will forever glow
The more gratitude I show
I thank and praise Thee Lord

I thank and praise Thee Lord
For the love and knowledge
Implanted in my heart
They will grow and grow
The more gratitude I show
I thank and praise Thee Lord

I thank and praise Thee Lord
For the light of truth
That illumines my eyes
I will see Thy bounties flow
The more gratitude I show
I thank and praise Thee Lord
I thank and praise Thee Lord

Alternative Song:     "We have come to sing Praises to Our Lord" song.  Listen HERE. 

Memorization of Quotation
The next activity is to memorize a quotation from the Baha'i Holy Writings. 
The children will find the quotation easier to memorize if they understand it well.  
It is recommended, therefore, that you spend some time discussing the meaning of the words and phrases with them. 

The new quotation for memorization can be introduced to your students in the following way.

When we receive even the smallest of gifts, we thank the person who gave it to us. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá tells us that we should be thankful to God for having showered His bounties upon us and for having caused our hearts to overflow with His love. We must be thankful to God at all times, even in times of difficulty. Giving thanks to God enables us to receive more and more of His infinite bounties. Let us memorize the following quotation:

[Thankfulness is being grateful for what happens in your life and for everything around you. It is being open to receive God’s blessings and appreciating each as part of the gift of life. Being thankful helps you stay content and keep a sense of wonder as you go through life. It is realizing how much you have to be grateful for within yourself and for what happens to you. When we are grateful, we see challenges as opportunities for growth and do not take even little things for granted;

What does someone practising Thankfulness look like? 
How can you show Thankfulness each day? 
How do you feel when someone shows Thankfulness to you?
It's easy to be thankful when you're having fun with your friends and you're happy.  How about at other times?]

[A big part of gratitude is saying thank you. When someone does something nice or gives you something, you say thanks. It’s also saying thank you to God for this amazing, beautiful world He has given us. Let’s think of some things—big or small— that we are grateful for that start with each of these letters: T-H-A-N-K-S (invite kids to respond).Gratitude is more than just saying thank you, though. It’s also looking at the good side of things, noticing the beauty around us, and expecting the best. And it’s about choosing to be happy about what we DO have or CAN do, rather than unhappy about what we DON’T have or CAN’T do.]

“Be thou happy and well pleased and arise to offer thanks to God, 
in order that thanksgiving may conduce to the increase of bounty.”

   Put to music HERE.

Pictures used for Memorization of Quotes for Lessons 1 - 10   Link to Download here

Picture Cards used for Memorization of Quotes & Prayers for Grade 1 lessons  Link to Download here

You can now tell the children the following story, which will illustrate for them the concept of thankfulness.

Here is the story about Thankfulness which is used in the Lesson. You can choose to download  HERE
Here is a link to a pdf file with all the stories in Grade 1 Illustrated.   Link to Illustrated Stories for Grade 1 
There are many ways to make the story come alive.  It's always nice to act this story out with props - Having pictures as you go through the story.
Having the class act out or tell the story.  Use puppets.

Game  Now you can play the "Quick Impulse" game which is in the lesson.


HERE is a Pdf with all the colouring sheets for each lesson  

List of Grade 1 Themes & pictures  Download here
Here you will find all the colouring-in images with quotes for the New Grade 1.  On each A4 sheet there is 2 pictures.
It has been found that an A4 size colouring often takes longer than what we had time for, hence has halved time & 
your have less photo copies to do.

Closing Prayer

Extra ideas Link for Lesson 10 
Have a look at Rebekah's great Children's class ideas for Lesson 10   HERE

    Great Website sharing ideas to support the Core Activities