Mood Moments

Learners participate in circuit stations to practice self-regulation of mood.

Smiling kids showing an "I will" mood

Key Message

Talk yourself into making a fit choice!


  1. Identify various feelings and emotions that influence mood.
  2. Demonstrate using self-talk to self-direct healthy choices (e.g., choose to recharge energy, get active, do something fun, and/or do something with a friend).
  3. Apply a variety of locomotor and manipulative skills to game play.


  • 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.
  • Use cones to section play area.
  • Be prepared to demonstrate fitBoost brain break activity and fitFlow yoga.

Warm Up

Begin with a fitBoost.



Say: Let’s be actors! Use your face and body to show your feelings and emotions.

  1. Show me what you look like when you feel grouchy or grumpy and do not want to play with friends.
  2. Show me how you act when you feel excited and don't want to sit still.
  3. Show me how you sit when you feel angry and don't want to talk to anyone.
  4. Show me how you sit when you feel alert and ready to learn!


Feelings and emotions put you in a mood, and your mood influences your choices. Your mood is either “I will”—I will make a fit choice—or “I won’t”—I won’t make a fit choice. Stop and think about your mood right now. (Allow learners a moment to reflect on their mood.) Is your mood "I will" or "I won't"? Whether it is “I will,” or “I won’t,” you can make healthy choices to manage your mood.”

The number one thing you need to know is when you stop to recognize your mood, it gives you the power to manage your mood.

Today we are going to practice recognizing different mood and making healthy choices.


Diagram showing activity area set up for game

  1. Each learner selects a mood card from the teacher. Because children are learning about choices, they will choose one of three activities for each round. Limit the number of learners at each station to between 3 and 5.

  2. If an “I will” mood card is selected, shout “I feel awesome! I am ready to make a fit choice!” then choose from the following:
  • Jog around the perimeter of the gym.
  • Bounce and catch a ball. Challenge learners to bounce and catch five times without moving from their space.
  • Volley (strike) a balloon or beach ball in the air. Challenge the learner to volley five times without the ball hitting the floor.
  1. If an “I won’t” mood card is selected, the learner shouts “I can manage my mood and make a fit choice,” then choose from the following:
  • Walk around the gym.
  • With a partner, find a comfortable space to talk about your favorite games, activities, or things you are thankful for.
  • With a partner, choose a fitFlow card and do the poses.
  1. Allow 2-3 minutes per round.

Close the Lesson

  1. Partner learners.

  2. Select a fitFlow card and complete the poses.

  3. While stretching, partners discuss choices they can make when emotions and feelings put them in an "I will" or an "I won't" mood.

  4. Encourage learners to incorporate self-talk with mood:
  • When my mood is “I will,” I will (name a fit choice).
  • When my mood is “I won’t,” I will use self-talk to talk myself into (name a fit choice).
  1. Assess understanding with the following questions:

Q: What was our lesson about today?
A: Recognizing the many feelings and emotions that put you in a mood, then using self-talk to make healthy choices.

Q: What can you do when your mood is “I won’t”?
A: Decide to manage your mood with a fit choice like going for a walk, doing some stretching, or talking to a friend. Accept examples of recharge, mood, food, and move choices.

Q: How would you explain self-talk to a family member?
A: Self-talk is when you pause to recognize your mood, then tell yourself positive things about yourself and make a fit choice to manage your mood.

Q: With a partner, demonstrate what you will do when you recognize your mood and want to make a healthy choice.
A: Learners give examples of fit choices they can do alone or with family and friends.

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


Finish this sentence: My plan to manage my mood is to  __________.

What You'll Need


  • fitBoost Cards
  • fitFlow Yoga Cards
  • Balls of various sizes for throwing and catching

Health Education Standards

  • Standard 1: Core concepts-Promoting Mental and Emotional Health
  • Standard 2: Analyze Influences 
  • Standard 3: Access Valid Information
  • Standard 4: Interpersonal Communication 
  • Standard 5: Decision-Making
  • Standard 8: Advocate for Health

Social and Emotional Learning Competencies

  • Self-Awareness
  • Self Management
  • 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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