Lesson

Methods for Motivating Kids' Moods

Teach kids how to motivate their mood when they have an "I Won't" mood.

Objectives

  • Describe how to use positive self-talk to motivate mood (e.g, choose to recharge energy, get active, do something fun, and/or do something with a friend).
 

Lesson Plan

Students are learning that feelings and emotions put them in a mood. For example, feeling excited or cheerful puts you in an “I will” mood, while feeling frustrated or grumpy translates to an “I won’t” mood. The lessons in this unit create awareness about what it means to “motivate your mood.” Students will learn about using positive self-talk to explore options to motivate their mood, such as recharging their energy, getting active, doing a fun activity, and/or doing something with a friend.

Set The Stage

Ask, “What is one thing you don’t like to do?” Have kids turn and talk to a partner to share their dislike. Revisit at the end of the lesson to have kids rework this dislike with how they could change their view on this.

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Captivate

How Can Kids Motivate Their Mood?

View the slideshow for examples of kids turning an “I won’t” mood into an “I will” mood. 

Draw students’ attention to the choices each kid can make: Anna can stay upset or re-energize with dance and music; Liam can stay sad or relax with a book; Gemma can stay bored or play outside.

Educate

Teach Kids to Self-Talk

Key points:

  • You can motivate your mood with self-talk. Thoughts like “I can’t," or “It’s too hard," or “I don’t want to,” are examples of thoughts that make it hard for you to do things that are good for your body and brain.
  • You can take charge of your mood and motivate your "I Won't" to "I Will" and make a fit choice.

Activate

Help Kids Turn Their Mood Around

Ask students to share what they will do the next time they need to motivate their mood.What will they talk themselves into doing?

  • A move choice?
  • A recharge choice?
  • A combination of fit choices?
  • Who will they talk to if assistance is needed?

Option: Students record their ideas on the Healthy Choices printable.

Close the Lesson

Today we learned about using positive self-talk to motivate mood. Next we will learn about the many choices you can make when you decide to motivate your mood.

Grade: 3-5

Time: 20 Minutes

What You'll Need

Resources

Materials
  • Slideshow
  • Markers
  • Poster Board or White Board

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

Extend the Lesson

Related Content

Mood

fit Quiz: Mood

Being aware of your mood is the first step to being able to manage your mood. Take this quiz to test your knowledge about mood and motivation.

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Food, Mood, Move, Recharge

Be Mindful of Your Mood and Energy

Read the slides slowly and quickly depending upon whether they refer to low or high energy.

Start Slideshow
Food, Mood, Move, Recharge

Make a fit Choice

Kids brainstorm fit choices they can make throughout the day.

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