Lesson

How Moving Can Help Improve Kids' Moods

Kids will learn about how being active and moving can help their mood.

Objectives

  •  Describe the benefits of physical activity (e.g., energy, focus, motivation).

Lesson Plan

Move is physical activity. To move is to participate in a sport, play, exercise, or do a leisure activity such as walking. Health experts recommend that youth get at least an hour of physical activity each day, but you do not have to do it all at once! Choosing to move throughout one’s day will benefit both body and brain.

Set The Stage

Ask kids to talk to a partner about why they like recess. What is their favorite activity? How do they feel after recess?

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Exercises for Kids

Do some moves!

  • Stand and stretch
  • Stand and do toe raises
  • Pretend to play basketball
  • Stand and skip
  • Stand and pretend to jump rope

Educate

Benefits of Being Active

Highlight the benefits of being active during the day:

  • Activity gives you energy.
  • You make healthier food choices.
  • Being active keeps you from feeling bored and sitting on the couch.
  • Being active improves your sleep at night.

Check for understanding: What does moving do for your body and brain?

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Morning Move Choices

Students write or draw their morning move choices on the Add Move to Your Day printable.

Close the Lesson

Today we learned about how being active and moving can help our mood. Next, we will learn about moving at school.

Grade: 3-5

Time: 20 Minutes

What You'll Need

Resources

Materials
  • Markers
  • Poster Board or White Board
  • Slideshow

Health Education Standards

  • Standard 1: Core Concepts - Regularly engage in physical activities to enhance body and brain
  • Standard 4: Interpersonal Communication 
  • Standard 5: Decision-Making

Social and Emotional Learning Competencies

  • Self-Awareness
  • Self-Management
  • Responsible Decision-Making

Extend the Lesson

  • Play the fitGame, Daily Moves to help kids think about ways to be active throughout the day.
  • Play the fitGame Memory Power to build awareness of how movement connects to learning.
  • Watch the video, Be Active Every Day, to learn how movement benefits your body and brain.

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