Lesson

The Kinds of Choices Kids Make That Impact Their Health

Kids make choices all day long, and those choices are affected by how they feel physically and mentally.

Objectives

  • Recognize that your energy level influences your choices.

Lesson Plan

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:

  1. Sleep 9–12 hours each night to restore energy. 
  2. Relax and do a quiet activity without screen time (e.g., draw, write, read, do puzzles, etc.). 
     

Set The Stage

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?

To use this with your students click here.

Captivate

How Does Your Body Show its Energy Level?

Students will 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 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!

Educate

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.

Activate

Observe Your Own Energy

Look back at the My Energy printable. Ask students to write or draw what they were doing when they checked their energy.

Close the Lesson

Talk with the 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?

Grade: 3-5

Time: 20 Minutes

What You'll Need

Resources

Materials
  • Markers
  • Poster Board or White Board
  • Slideshow

Health Education Standards

  • Standard 1: Core Concepts - Get an appropriate amount of sleep and rest.
  • Standard 4: Interpersonal Communication
  • Standard 5: Decision-Making 

 

Social and Emotional Learning Competencies

  • Responsible Decision-Making

Extend the Lesson

Related Content

Recharge

fitClub Recharge Activity Cards

Use these cards with fitClub activities to help kids learn many ways they can recharge their energy throughout the day.

Get Printable
Mood, Recharge

Mindful Moments

Print these cards to guide your mindful moments.

Get Printable
Recharge

fitSports: Catching

In this edition of the Sanford fitSports video series, we’ll see how adequate recovery, proper mechanics, and body movements are influential when catching the baseball. To learn how you can make recovery a priority, check out the article: An Athlete's Guide to Recharging Your Body and Brain.

Watch Video
Food, Mood, Move, Recharge

What is a fit-Check?

Read a story about two characters. One takes the time to do a fit-check and the other does not. See the differences in their outcomes.

Start Slideshow
Recharge

fit Quiz: Recharge

Take this quiz to see what you know about recharging your energy in healthy ways.

Watch Video
Move, Recharge

Switch Off Challenge

Screens are everywhere! Challenge yourself to reduce screen time, get active, and have fun!

Watch Video