Lesson

Techniques Kids Can Use to Take Charge of Their Moods

Here’s how to help kids recognize their mood more quickly and identify ways to manage their mood.

Objectives

  • Recognize that feelings and emotions put you in a mood.

Info to Know

This unit introduces mood. Students will learn that their feelings and emotions put them in a mood and that their mood influences their choices. 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 can be "I will make a healthy choice," or "I won't make a healthy choice."
  3. Self-motivation strategies can help you motivate your mood.
  4. Your mood can change throughout the day.

Set The Stage

Big feelings influence kids' mood and are often challenging to manage in a healthy way. Download the My Calming Choices poster set as a visual reminder of simple coping strategies kids can practice when these big feelings arise.

This lesson will help kids understand how to recognize and manage their moods. Begin by reading the book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst. Give kids time to really think about the book and share their thoughts.

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Read to Find out a Character's Mood

Read aloud the excerpt from Judith Viorist's book, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.

Ask students to supply words from your classroom's Feelings and Emotions Chart that describe Alexander's feelings.

Educate

Think About Moods

Explain that when Alexander says, “I could tell it was going to be a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day,” he's letting his feelings put him in an “I won’t” mood. Discuss how Alexander’s mood influences his choices. He needs to recognize his mood so he can manage it! Read aloud the examples of how to manage an “I won’t” mood.

Check for understanding: How does your mood impact your willingness to make healthy choices?

Activate

Discover Moods

Point out that to “know your mood” is to recognize that feelings and emotions influence your willingness to make healthy choices.

Give each student a Build an Emoji printable. Ask them to cut and arrange the pieces to create faces that show different emotions. Then, display the Managing Emotions poster and discuss ways to manage some common emotions.

Close the Lesson

Get your kids ready to investigate what influences our moods by asking them how to think about the value of mistakes, using Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day as common background.

  • Why does Alexander get upset when his teacher tells him he is making mistakes?
  • Is it bad to make a mistake?
  • How do we know when we are making mistakes?
  • Can mistakes be good sometimes?
  • Is it possible to fix mistakes? How?

Grade: K-2

Time: 20 Minutes

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

Extend the Lesson

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