Connecting Kids' Energy and Mood | Sanford Fit

Lesson

Connecting Kids' Energy and Mood

Teach kids to restore their energy levels by learning the connection between energy and mood.

Objectives

  • Describe the connection between energy (recharge) and 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

Ask kids to talk about what it feels like when they don’t get a good night of sleep. Record the list of adjectives that students use to describe this feeling. 

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Captivate

Show Kids How Energy Can Impact Mood

Watch the video Recharge Your Energy and Motivate Your Mood.

Pay close attention to the mime’s mood. She begins in a positive mood, but then her low energy drags her down until she decides to motivate her mood and make a fit choice! 

Educate

Teach Kids How to Restore Their Energy

Explain that recharge and mood are linked. If your energy is low, it can put you in an "I Won't" mood. Tell students they get energy every night when they sleep 9-12 hours. They also get energy during the day when they take a few moments to do a relaxing activity.

Check for understanding: How does your energy affect your mood?

Activate

Help Kids Manage Their Mood

Use the Recharge for a Better Mood printable to make a poster to take home as a reminder to recharge your energy and motivate your mood.

Close the Lesson

Today we talked about how recharge and mood can have a negative influence your food and move choices. Next, we will learn more about choices you can make when you decide to 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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