How can prayers encourage us to exercise our “gratitude muscles” and be more present in our daily lives? In this lesson, learners will study the words of the daily prayer, Modeh Ani, and then reflect upon whether the way they feel upon waking each morning aligns with the spirit of the prayer. Students will look at different kinds of faces and expressions (see Modeh-Ani-Feelings template attached below as well as the further study section) and select the face/s that most closely match how s/he feels when starting the day.  Finally, a  “gratitude circle”, which gives learners the opportunity to articulate something for which they are grateful, is an excellent way to close the lesson.

Lesson Attachments​

The learner will:

  1. Understand how feelings and expressions of gratitude impacts the way we live each day

  2. know the words of the Modeh Ani prayer and why it is placed at the very beginning of the morning prayers

  3. be able to articulate things for which they are grateful and to suggest things they can do in the morning that exercise their “gratitude muscles”

When you click on the Jewish Education by Design resource link featured above, you will find the following educational building blocks for the creation of a lesson plan:

  1. Essential questions that get to the “heart” of the learning

  2. A hook/s to open the lesson in an engaging fashion and spark the learners’ curiosity

  3. In depth discussion questions that are designed to elicit conceptual thinking and personal reflections about the featured source/s

  4. Suggested activities that enable the students to both process and apply what was learned in a thought provoking and creative fashion

  5. Further Study option/s linked to JEBD materials and related links

Student handouts, computer, projector

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