Helping Kids Make Choices That Result in Positive Moods | Sanford Fit

Lesson

Helping Kids Make Choices That Result in Positive Moods

Have kids reflect on their moods and the choices that follow.

Objectives

  • Recall that feelings and emotions put you in a mood.
  • Recognize ways to motivate your mood.

Info to Know

This unit helps kids understand that feelings and emotions put them in a mood, and their mood influences their choices. The lessons in this unit will build awareness of what it means to “motivate your mood.” Download the Positivity Posters and Positive Self-Talk Coloring Pages to help your students understand the power of positive self-talk and choices they can make to motivate their mood, such as recharging their energy, getting active, doing a fun activity, or doing something with a friend.

Set The Stage

Get your kids ready for lessons about building a positive mindset with the It's a Good Day for a Good Day door kit! This kit contains everything you need to create a door display to promote a positive attitude.

As a class, brainstorm a list of 5 things that students usually don’t want to do. After creating the list, have kids turn and talk to a partner about motivating one of the I-don’t-want-to statements into a positive statement. (Example: "I don’t want to eat broccoli," becomes "Vegetables are healthy food choices.") This might be a difficult task! View the slideshow for more examples.

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Captivate

Motivate Kids to Make Better Choices

After viewing the slideshow, ask students to think about the times they've said, "I don't want to..." What was their mood at the time?

Educate

Help Kids Make Healthy Choices

Discuss different feelings and emotions that impact mood and motivation. Remind students that by doing a fit-check (i.e., pausing to think about their energy and mood before making a choice), they can help themselves to make healthy choices.

Check for understanding: When might you be tempted to say "I don't want to"?

Activate

Help Kids Regulate Mood

Ask students to think about a time when they said, "I don't want to." If they were in the same situation again, what healthy choice could they make?

Close the Lesson

Today we talked about how your mood can make you think "I don't want to." Next, we will learn how self-talk can help you motivate your mood.

Grade: 3-5

Time: 20 Minutes

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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