Energy Tag

Learners move quickly or in slow motion to show energy levels while playing an offensive/defensive partner tag game.

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Key Message

Sleep and relax without screen time to recharge your energy.


  1. Identify sleeping for 9–12 hours, following a bedtime routine, and relaxing without screens as examples of fit choices to recharge energy.
  2. Identify actions that decrease energy such as lack of sleep and too much screen time
  3. Identify when adult assistance is needed to make fit recharge choices.
  4. Demonstrate sliding as a movement skill.


  • Safety: Allow enough space to move freely and minimize collisions.
  • Determine boundaries that are a safe distance from obstacles and walls.
  • Determine how you will group learners, using best practice guidelines from the Teacher's Guide.
  • Determine locomotor movements for game play.
  • Be prepared to demonstrate fitBoost brain break activity and fitFlow yoga.

Warm Up

Begin with a fitBoost.



Say: Stand next to a spot marker and use body movements to answer the following energy questions:

  1. If you had a lot of energy after school yesterday, jump up! Low energy? Sit down.

  2. If you had a lot of energy before school this morning, jump up! Low energy? Sit down.

  3. If you have a lot of energy right now, jump up! Low energy? sit down.


Did you know that your energy affects your choices? Getting enough sleep at night gives your body time to restore and build up energy. Relaxing during the day gives you energy too.

You recharge your energy with fit choices that are “energy makers,” like getting 9–12 hours of sleep, relaxing without screen time, and physical activities.

Your energy gets zapped by “energy takers,” like staying up too late and channel surfing.

The number one thing you need to know is getting 9–12 hours of sleep each night and relaxing without screen time are fit choices you can make to give your body and brain energy to move and think!

Today’s activity will help you learn more about fit “energy maker” choices.



  1. Demonstrate and rehearse sliding to the right and to the left. Provide cue reminders for correct performance of the skill.

  2. Review safety. Remind learners of activity boundaries and the personal space of others.

  3. Be prepared to change partners after each round.

  4. Partners face one another with a spot marker between them. One player is on offense, and the other is on defense. The game objective is for the offensive player to slide left or right to pull a flag or scarf from the defensive player without crossing the spot marker.

  5. Randomly select an energy maker or energy taker statement (see step 7) to read aloud. Learners move quickly to tag their partner for energy maker statements or in slow motion for energy taker statements.

  6. Players move side to side to avoid being tagged (getting the scarf or flag pulled). Moving more than three steps away from the spot is an automatic tag. Learners switch roles once they are tagged. Learners continue play until a new statement is read aloud.

  7. Randomly select from the following lists of energy maker and energy taker statements:

    Energy Makers: 
     • Turn off screens at least one hour before bed.
     • Get 9–12 hours of sleep each night.
     • Follow a bedtime routine.
     • Relax by doing a puzzle.
     • Relax while reading a book.
     • Play outside.

    Energy Takers: 
    • Stay up past your bedtime.
    • Play so hard that you work up a sweat right before bedtime.
    • Channel surf.
    • Screen time less than an hour before bed.
    • Leave a bright light on at bedtime. 

  8. After all statements have been read, reassign partners and repeat play.

Close the Lesson

  1. Partner learners. 

  2. Select a fitFlow card and complete the poses.

  3. Discuss which energy makers learners can do on their own and which to ask for help from a trusted adult.

  4. Assess understanding with the following questions:

    Q: How many hours of sleep do you need each night?
    A: Children need 9–12 of sleep every night.

    Q: Name some fit recharge energy maker choices.
    A: Acknowledge examples such as: Turn off screens at least one hour before bed; get 9–12 hours of sleep each night; follow a bedtime routine; relax by doing a puzzle (or quiet activity); relax while reading a book; play outside.

    Q: How would you explain fit recharge choices to a family member?
    A: You recharge your energy by getting 9-12 hours of sleep and by relaxing during the day.

    Q: What fit choices will you make to recharge your energy during the day?
    A: Listen for energy maker activities, e.g. relax, quiet activity without a screen, physical activity, etc.

  5. Use the Assessment Rubric (see Teacher's Guide) as a checklist to assess understanding, skill development, and personal responsibility.


Name one energy maker and one energy taker. What is your favorite energy maker?

What You'll Need


  • fitBoost Cards
  • fitFlow Yoga Cards
  • Scarves
  • Cones or Place Markers

Health Education Standards

  • Standard 1: Core concepts-Sleep and Rest
  • Standard 4: Interpersonal Communication
  • Standard 5: Decision-Making 

Social and Emotional Learning Competencies

  • Self-Awareness
  • Responsible Decision-Making

Extend the Lesson

Adaptations and Modifications

  • Adjust locomotor skills and movement patterns to match the developmental levels of the children.
  • Modify game setup so that all children, regardless of age, size, ability or disability, are able to participate.
  • Play a fit Workout video for activity warm up and cool down.

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