Class Meeting: Zest

What's Zest, and Why is being Zesty Important?

Kinder - 2nd

We will be talking to students today about Zest. Start off by showing them the zest poster in your classroom. Read it and talk about zest with them.Then, show them the short video clip below: titled View The Pass It On: Values. (Look at the very bottom of the page.) While they are watching it, tell them to look at the people in the video and try to guess what they are feeling.


Follow up with this:


How can you tell that the person/people in the clip were happy?

What types of activities/things make you happy?

How can we have zest even when we're doing something that is not our favorite activity?


Follow up with having them share how they would like to be zesty this week.


(Some examples: Smile when working or talking to people, look interested in what other people are saying, think positively when working on something they don't like.)

3rd - 5th

The focus of today's class meeting is Zest. Start off by showing them the zest poster in your classroom. Read it and talk about zest with them.Then, show them the short video clip below: titled View The Pass It On: Values. (Look at the very bottom of the page.)


Follow up with this:


How do you think this video relates to zest?

When do you tend to show the most zest?

When do you show the least amount of zest?

Why is it important to have zest for things that we don't like or are challenging?

What is an area where you would like to show more zest?


Follow up with having them share how they would like to be zesty this week.


(Some examples: Smile when working or talking to people, look interested in what other people are saying, think positively when working on something they don't like.)


Take it a step further: Encourage them to celebrate one another in the up and coming weeks when they see someone showing zest!

Teachers: Zest for You

Please check out the video and link below for more information on zest!
The Kinesthetic Classroom: Teaching and Learning through Movement | Michael Kuczala | TEDxAshburn

Ana Travis

School Counselor

Sonntag Elementary