Lesson

Why Kids Need A Lot of Sleep

Help kids explore how much sleep different animals need and then help them compare that to how much sleep humans need.

Objectives

  • Recall that children need 9-12 hours of sleep each night.

Lesson Plan

Recharge is all about your energy. Recharge is a key influencer of healthy choices. You recharge your energy in two ways:
1. Sleep 9–12 hours each night to restore energy.
2. Relax to refresh energy with a quiet activity that does not involve a screen (draw, write, read, do puzzles, etc.).

Set The Stage

Ask students, “Why do you think people and animals need to sleep? What do the places where animals and people sleep look like?” This will give kids the opportunity to talk about everything they already know about sleep—which is a lot.

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Captivate

How Much Sleep Do We Need?

Ask students to predict the amount of sleep different animals need to recharge their energy.

  • A giraffe only sleeps about two hours.
  • Children between the ages of six and 12 need 9–12 hours of sleep each night.
  • Rabbits sleep 11–12 hours.
  • A brown bat sleeps nearly 20 hours.

Educate

What Does Sleep Do For the Body?

Highlight the key points about sleep:
•Your body and brain need 9–12 hours of sleep every night to restore energy, which helps you make healthy choices.
•Sleep gives you energy to play and have fun.
•Sleep helps you recall what you have learned.
•Sleep helps your body and brain grow.

 

Activate

How Can You Get Enough Sleep?

Calculate the time students need to go to bed to get the 9–12 hours of sleep they need.

For those students who find falling asleep difficult, practice the “I Can’t Sleep” activity.  Encourage students to try the same activity at home when they need help falling asleep.

Close the Lesson

What are some other ways you might recharge your body, besides sleeping?  How do you know that activity is recharging your body?

Grade: 3-5

Time: 20 Minutes

What You'll Need

Resources

Materials
  • Slideshow
  • Poster Board or White Board
  • Markers

Health Education Standards

Standard 1: Core concepts-Sleep and rest
Standard 4: Interpersonal Communication 
Standard 5: Decision-Making
 
Social and Emotional Learning Competencies
  • Self-Awareness
  • Responsible Decision-Making

Extend the Lesson

Play the fitGame, Energy Tag.

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