Kids make choices all day long, and those choices are affected by how they feel physically and mentally.
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:
Talk to your students about times when they feel tired. Ask students to show you with their bodies what it looks like to be tired. Ask them what kinds of things they choose to do when they are tired. Then switch gears and ask them to show you what their bodies look like when they are wide awake and full of energy. Ask them what kinds of things they choose to do when they are full of energy. Finally, ask them to show you what they feel like when they aren’t tired yet they aren’t full of energy. Can they tell the difference between the three?
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How Does Your Body Show its Energy Level?
Follow along with the slideshow and have students show their energy level by either sitting on the floor (low), standing (in the middle), or standing with hands in the air (fully recharged).
First, ask students to show what their energy level was after school the previous day. Then, they show their energy from the night before. Conclude by asking students to show what their energy level is right now!
Energy Influences Choices
Explain that energy influences the choices we make each day. Invite students to talk about a time when their energy influenced a choice.
Check for understanding: Your _ _ _ _ _ _ influences your choices.
Observe Your Own Energy
Ask students to share how their energy has influenced their choices today.
Talk with kids about ways we recharge our energy. Ask them to share tips for sleeping more or better at night. Do they have bedtime routines? How do they know they’ve gotten enough sleep?
Time: 20 Minutes
Teach kids to think about how much sleep they get each night. Kids will learn how much sleep they need.Start Lesson
Kids will learn about the importance of bedtime routines and they will reflect on their current routines.Start Lesson
Kids will learn what a sleep zone is and how to create one. Sleep zones can help kids recharge each night.Start Lesson
Kids will revisit what they have learned about sleep habits, bedtime routines, and sleep zones.Start Lesson
We make choices all day long. Let’s help kids identify times during the day when they make choices and practice giving reasons why they made certain choices.Start Lesson
Help kids think more carefully about responsible decision-making. Introduce the idea of making a choice because it's good for your body and brain.Start Lesson