Lesson

Four Types of Healthy Choices for Kids

Position kids to make better choices by teaching them about the benefits of resting, having a positive mindset, eating healthy foods, and engaging in physical activity.

Objectives

  • Name the four types of healthy choices (recharge your energy, motivate your mood, think your food, and move your body).

Lesson Plan

First and foremost, fit is about choices. Each day a child, no matter their age, makes many choices that impact their health and well-being. The lessons in this unit build awareness of the many moments each day when they can make a choice, then empowers them to make the best choice—the fit choice!

Set The Stage

Give a few examples of choices students might make after school and ask students to give a thumbs-up or thumbs-down about whether the choice is good for the body and brain (e.g., Apple or candy bar? Brownies or celery with peanut butter? Computer games or hide-and-seek?).

Follow along with the slideshow as you continue the lesson.

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Captivate

Noticing Types of Healthy Choices

How many parts does a square have? How many legs does a dog have?  What about a car, how many wheels does a racecar have?

Just like
fit, they all have four parts.

Educate

Evaluating Choices

Explain that fit has four parts: 

Recharge your energy. 
Motivate your mood. 
Think your food. 
Move your body. 

Check for understanding: What are the four parts of fit?

Activate

Identifying Choices

Students write or draw a choice for each part of fit.

Option: Download the fit Choices printable for students to draw their choices for each part of
fit.

Close the Lesson

Take time throughout the day to call out examples of the different types of fit choices you observe kids making. Pay special attention to modeling motivating self-talk and calling out examples of recharging energy. Get ready to think about what kinds of things influence the choices we make.

Grade: 3-5

Time: 20 Minutes

What You'll Need

Resources

Materials
  • Slideshow
  • Markers
  • Poster Board or White Board

Health Education Standards

  • Standard 1: Core Concepts - Engage in activities that are mentally and emotionally healthy.
  • Standard 4: Interpersonal Communication 
  • Standard 5: Decision-Making

 

Social and Emotional Learning Competencies

  • Responsible Decision-Making

Extend the Lesson

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