Lesson

Your Mood and Your Mindset

Help empower kids to make good choices with a positive mindset. 

Objectives

  • Demonstrate how to self-assess mood and seek help when needed.

Lesson Plan

The lessons in this unit present the four parts of fit—recharge, mood, food, and move—and how they connect and support a healthy lifestyle. Students will learn that having a fit mindset is about having enough energy and the motivation to make healthy nutrition and physical activity choices. 

Set The Stage

Ask children to show you what a good mood and a bad mood look like using body language and their face. Then have them turn and talk to a partner to define the word mood. Explain that there are many ways to define mood. With fit, mood is defined as "I will" (I will make a fit choice) or "I won't" (I won't make a fit choice). Your mood is your motivation.

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Captivate

William and Jami's Bad News

The slideshow presents a story about how William and Jami react to not getting selected for the swim team. William pouts and says, "Swimming is stupid," then grabs a bottle of soda. Jami decides to calm down by taking some deep breaths, then asks William if he wants to practice with her and try again at the next try outs.
 

Educate

Motivate Your Mood

Explain mood: Feelings put you in a mood, and your mood is either “I will” (make a fit choice), or “I won’t” (make a fit choice).

Explain that “I won’t” usually leads to poor choices, however you can decide to motivate your “I won’t” mood to "I will" and make a fit choice.

Check for understanding: How do you motivate an "I won't" mood?

Activate

Check Your Mood

Students turn and talk about a time when they felt disappointed.  Next, they name a fit choice or identify an adult they can go to for help to make a fit choice.

Close the Lesson

Today we learned that we can decide to motivate an "I won't" mood and make a fit choice when we feel disappointed. Next we will learn how to think about fit food choices.

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 - Use self-control and impulse-control strategies to promote health.
  • Standard 4: Interpersonal Communication
  • Standard 5: Decision-Making
  • Standard 7: Practice Health-Enhancing Behaviors
  • Standard 8: Advocacy

 

Social and Emotional Learning Competencies

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

Extend the Lesson

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