Show kids where the body’s energy comes from and how important sleep and relaxation are for being active.
The lessons in this unit teach kids that recharge is all about energy—and that your energy is a key influencer of healthy choices. You recharge your energy two ways:
*Following are the minimum and maximum hours of sleep for different age groups as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics:
Ask students, “What does a car need to go? What happens if it uses all the gas in its tank?” Talk about how we have to care for things and recharge them by filling them with what they need. Let them brainstorm ways things recharge; write their ideas on a poster board or a white board for reference.
Share a quick and easy way to recharge their energy by having them pick from the fitBoost in Place Cards.
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Learn About Recharging Your Body
Ask students to guess what they have in common with a video game, remote-control toy car, and a computer. (They too must recharge to get energy!)
What Does Having Energy Mean?
Lead a class discussion about how students look and feel when their energy is low. Follow with a discussion about how students look and feel when they have all the energy they need. Tell students that their bodies need to recharge by sleeping and relaxing to have the energy they need to be active!
Check for understanding: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ to get energy.
Help Kids Study Their Energy Levels
Students complete The Secret to Recharging printable to uncover activities they can do to recharge their energy.
Review the poster or white board list you created at the beginning of the lesson about ways to recharge. Is there anything you or the students might add to this poster?
Ask the kids to fold a piece of paper in half. On one side, draw a picture showing what one thing looks like when it is low on energy. On the other side, draw a picture showing the same thing when it is fully recharged.
Time: 20 Minutes
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