Help kids explore how much sleep different animals need and then help them compare that to how much sleep humans need.
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:
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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How Much Sleep Do We Need?
Ask students to predict the amount of sleep different animals need to recharge their energy.
What Does Sleep Do For the Body?
Highlight the key points about sleep:
Check for understanding: How many hours of sleep do you need to get a full recharge?
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 from the slideshow. Encourage students to try the same activity at home when they need help falling asleep.
What are some other ways you might recharge your body, besides sleeping? How do you know that activity is recharging your body?
Time: 20 Minutes
Introduce healthy bedtime routines to kids. Part of this routine is creating a sleep zone. Kids will connect sleep zones with bedtime routines.See Unit
Kids will learn about the "sleep zone," which is an environment conducive to sleep. When a sleep zone is paired with a bedtime routine, it will help kids recharge each night.See Unit