Lesson

Ways Kids Can Move to Increase Energy

Kids will learn about the connection between energy levels and movement. This lesson will encourage them to think about ways to move.

Objectives

  • Describe how move links to recharge, mood, and food.

 

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

As a large group, have kids list what they think gives them energy.

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Captivate

Increasing Energy Levels

Students show their energy level by sitting, standing, or standing with arms in the air. 

Do a fitBoost together! 

Students show their energy level a second time. Does moving make a difference?

Educate

Movement Benefits Our Bodies

Discuss how move connects to fit.

  • Recharge: Move to boost your energy.
  • Mood: Moving motivates an "I won't" mood to an "I will" mood.
  • Food: Healthy food choices give you energy to move.

Check for understanding:  _ _ _ _ _ _ your body plays a key role in the fit connection.

Activate

Be Reminded to Move

Students make a sign to remind themselves to move, using the Move Poster.

Encourage students to take their sign home and place it near a TV or in their bedroom.

Close the Lesson

Today we looked at how we can increase energy levels with movement. Next, we will learn how to incorporate movement into our day.

Grade: K-2

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

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