Lesson

What is a fit-check?

Taking time to think about choices is important, we call this a fit-check.

Objectives

  • Describe the fit-check as "checking recharge and mood before making a choice."
 

Lesson Plan

Being fit is not just about what you eat or drink or how you move. Being fit is about having enough energy and motivation to make healthy nutrition and physical activity choices. Four key factors of well-being help you to be fit:

  • Mood: Motivate Your Mood
  • Food: Think Your Food
  • Recharge: Recharge Your Energy
  • Move: Move Your Body

The lessons in this unit help students connect the four parts of fit with everyday choices by teaching them how to do a fit-check. A fit-check is a tool for the moments when a child needs to make a choice. Your students will learn to be mindful and stop to think about their energy and mood before making a choice—then decide the best choice, the fit choice!

Set The Stage

After a long day at school, how do you recharge your energy? What do you choose for snacks? What do you do for physical activity?

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Captivate

Difference Between Choices

Read through Mia and Isaac's choices on the slideshow. Mia does not take the time to do a fit-check and makes an unhealthy choice. Isaac, however, does a fit-check and thinks about how his mood and recharge influence his choices.

Educate

Choices Help us Recharge Energy

Discuss Mia's choice not to do a fit-check and Isaac's decision to do a fit-check. 
 
Guide discussion so students understand that Isaac's choices of eating a healthy snack and relaxing with a card game helped him recharge his energy.

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fit-Checks Help Our Mood

Students plan to do a fit-check when they get home from school. 

Remind your students to think about recharge and mood by asking themselves: Do I have energy? Am I motivated? (Determine if mood is “I will” or “I won’t.”)

Close the Lesson

Today we learned that a fit-check is when you stop and think about your energy and mood so you can make a healthy choice. You also learned about the importance of taking time to do a fit-check.

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 - Use self-control and impulse-control strategies to promote health. 
  • Standard 2: Analyze Influences 
  • Standard 4: Interpersonal Communication 
  • Standard 5: Decision-Making

 

Social and Emotional Learning Competencies

  • Self-Awareness
  • Self-Management
  • Responsible Decision-Making

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