Lesson

Ways Healthy Choices Impact Kids' Moods

Encourage kids to stop and think about their mood and energy levels. This leads to better decision making.

Objectives

  • A fit-check is a self-awareness tool that helps with healthy decision-making.

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

This unit will 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

Ask kids to raise their hands if they have seen a stop sign on the road while they are in the car or bus. Ask students to explain what the purpose of a stop sign is. 

To use this with your students click here.

Captivate

Making Choices

Noah and Carmen both walk to different locations. What are the obstacles they run into? What are their choices?

Educate

Making Healthy Choices

The fit-check is a tool to help you to stop and think about making healthy choices.

Activate

Reminders Help Us Make Healthy Choices

Students make a fit-check sign to remind themselves to stop and think about fit choices. 
Option: Download the fit-check Door Sign printable.

 

Close the Lesson

In this lesson we learned to stop and think about choices. When we take the time to think, we make better choices.

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-Self-control and impulse-control strategies
  • Standard 2: Analyze Influences 
  • Standard 4: Interpersonal Communication 
  • Standard 5: Decision-Making

Social and Emotional Learning Competencies

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

Extend the Lesson

Play the fitGame, Stop and Think.

Related Content

Food, Mood, Move, Recharge

You Can Make fit Choices

Demonstrate a fit choice at home and school.

Start Slideshow
Food, Mood, Move, Recharge

fit-Check Poster

Create a poster to show the times and places you can do a fit-check.

Get Printable
Food, Mood, Move, Recharge

Do the fit Thing

This song has a bouncy beat and teaches kids about how to "do the fit thing" by making good choices, like drinking water and eating healthy foods.

Play Song