Lesson

How Kids Can Recharge

Show kids where the body’s energy comes from and how important sleep and relaxation are for being active.

Objectives

  • Describe how energy levels vary throughout the day.
  • Define recharge as "to sleep or relax to get energy."

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

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 for reference.

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Captivate

Learn About Recharging Your Body

Ask students to guess how they are like a handheld game, remote-control toy car, or a computer. (They too must recharge to get energy!)

Educate

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 they need to recharge by sleeping and relaxing, which gives them the energy they need to be active!

Check for understanding:  _ _ _ _ _ _ _  to get energy.

Activate

Help Kids Study Their Energy Levels

Students observe others to see who has energy. Next, they turn their attention to themselves and show how much energy they have at different times during the day by coloring in batteries on the My Energy printable.

Close the Lesson

Review the poster about ways things recharge that you created together as a class. Is there anything you or the kids might add to this poster? Ask the kids to fold a piece of paper in half. On one side, they will draw a picture showing what one thing looks like when it is low on energy. On the other side, they will draw a picture showing the same thing when it is fully recharged.

Grade: K-2

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

  • Play the fitGame, Energy Tag.
  • Do a fitBoost or fitFlow yoga. Have Kids talk about their energy before and after each activity.
  • Listen to I Need My Energy from the fit music playlist to help kids learn about healthy ways to get energy to play and grow.

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