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

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, “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 opporunity 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.

  • 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.

Check for understanding: How many hours of sleep do you need to get a full recharge?

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How Can You Get Enough Sleep?

Calculate what time students need to go to bed for them 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: K-2

Time: 20 Minutes

What You'll Need

Resources

Materials
  • Slideshow
  • Poster Board or White Board
  • Markers

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

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