Lesson

How fit Choices Affect Kids' Moods

Give your students opportunities to evaluate choices and discuss how choices affect mood.

Objectives

  • Recognize one's mood and make a healthy (fit) choice.

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

Feeling a negative emotion, like anger or loneliness, can be a difficult experience and inhibit making a healthy choice. It is well known that making one healthy choice can help you motivate your mood. And that can lead to making additional healthy choices. In this lesson, you’ll help kids get really good at identifying their own moods and other people’s moods, which can help them make healthy choices every day.

If you've ever found yourself in front of the TV after a bad day, mindlessly digging ice cream out of the container with a spoon, you know that mood and food are sometimes linked. But, did you know that all the choices you make throughout the day are connected to your mood as well?

Now that your students have learned to identify their moods, they are ready to find out how to make better choices.

Follow along with the slideshow as you continue the lesson.

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Identifying Feelings

Students partner with a friend. First, one partner selects a word from the class Feelings and Emotions Chart, created in Lesson 1, then and acts it out. Next, the other partner guesses the feeling. Then they both decide if the feeling influences an “I will” mood or an “I won’t” mood. Switch roles and play again. (Refer to slide 1 of slideshow.)

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Identifying How Feelings Affect Mood

Children identify the feelings and emotions, and the resulting mood for each  slide scenario. Encourage children to talk about times when they turned an “I won’t” mood around to “I will.”

Examples of fit choices include doing a physical activity, eating healthy snacks (for energy, not to feed boredom), stretching, resting, and/or relaxing without screen time.

Check for understanding: What is the difference between an "I will" and an "I won't" mood?

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Encourage Talk About Feelings

Encourage kids to play mood-guessing games with their friends and family members to practice the skill of turning an “I won’t” mood into an “I will” mood and making a fit choice.

Close the Lesson

Remind kids that when they stop and think about their feelings and emotions, they are more aware of their mood and can make better choices. One fit choice leads to another! 

Grade: K-2

Time: 20 Minutes

What You'll Need

Resources

Materials
  • Feelings Chart
  • Markers
  • Poster Board or White Board
  • Slideshow

Health Education Standards

  • Standard 1: Core Concepts - Express feelings in a healthy way. Use self-control and impulse-control strategies to promote health.
  • Standard 4: Interpersonal Communication 
  • Standard 5: Decision-Making
  • Standard 7: Self-Management

 

Social and Emotional Learning Competencies

  • Responsible Decision-Making
  • Self-Management

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