Lesson

Ways That Feelings Affect Kids' Moods

Teach kids not only to understand how their feelings and emotion affect their mood, but also how to mange that mood!

Objectives

  • Describe one's feelings and emotions.
  • Recognize that feelings and emotions change throughout the day.

Lesson Plan

This unit introduces mood. Students will learn that their feelings and emotions put them in a mood and that their mood influences their choices. For example, feeling bored or grumpy can lead to an “I won’t” mood, while feeling cheerful or content can lead to an "I will" mood. An "I will" mood can make it easier to make a fit choice; however, an “I won’t” mood needs to be motivated (turned around) for someone to make a fit choice.

Four essential concepts form an understanding of mood:

  1. Mood (along with recharge) is a key influencer of fit choices.
  2. Mood is your motivation. Mood is either "I will" (I will make a fit choice) or "I won't" (I won't make a fit choice).
  3. You can motivate an “I won’t” mood to an “I will” mood and make a fit choice.
  4. Your mood can change throughout the day.
 

 

Set The Stage

Help kids understand that their feelings and emotions change throughout the day and can impact their motivation. For example, when you are feeling bummed out, how often do you go outside and play? When you are feeling super excited, how often do you go outside and play?  Feelings and emotions put you in a mood, and your mood affects your willingness to make healthy choices.

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Captivate

Practice Facial Expressions to Show Feelings

Watch the Get to Know Your Feelings video of the mime’s presentation of different feelings. Ask students to stand up and make their favorite face from the video. Next, ask them to make a face to show how they feel right now.

Educate

Mood Affects Change

Explain that feelings and emotions put you in a mood and your mood impacts your willingness to make a fit choice. For example, sometimes when you feel:

  • Tired...you don’t want to play outside.
  • Bored...you don’t want to eat a healthy snack.
  • Grumpy...you don't want to do anything but pout.

Check for understanding: Name some of the feelings and emotions you have throughout the day.

Activate

Learning to Manage Mood

Students partner with a friend. Ask them to tell one another about a time when they said, “I don’t want to...” or “I won’t…” Have students describe the feeling or emotion that put them in that mood.

Close the Lesson

Consider reading a picture book about growth mindset and asking students to identify the character's feelings and emotions. When students can identify how characters' moods change, they start to recognize their own changing moods. You may extend your discussion by talking about how growth mindset can help students manage and motivate their mood.

Grade: 3-5

Time: 20 Minutes

What You'll Need

Health Education Standards

  • Standard 1: Core Concepts - Express feelings in a healthy way.
  • Standard 4: Interpersonal Communication 
  • Standard 5: Decision-Making

 

Social and Emotional Learning Competencies

  • Responsible Decision-Making

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