Lesson

How to Talk Yourself into a fit Choice

Empower kids to identify ways they can motivate their mood.

Objectives

  • Describe healthy choices that can help you motivate your mood (e.g., choose to recharge energy, get active, do something fun, and/or do something with a friend).

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

Have kids brainstorm a list of movements or exercises that start with the letter M. 

To use this with your students click here.

Captivate

Think About Ways to Motivate a Mood

As a class, read aloud the captions on each slide.

What "MOOVELOUS" words can your students create?

Educate

Use Play to Motivate Your Mood

The slideshow helps kids understand that they can choose to move when they want to motivate their mood. They can decide to play a game, ride a bike, walk, play ball, stretch, or compete against themselves by timing how fast they run or how many jumping jacks they can do in a minute.

Check for understanding: What does it mean to "motivate your mood"?

Activate

Tips to Motivate Mood

Each student writes down at least three things they can do when they decide to motivate their mood. Put the ideas in a jar to draw from when students need a movement break.

Option: Print the fit Mood Word Search to give kids ideas about ways to practice self-motivation.

Close the Lesson

We learned about how to recognize mood and the many ways to use self-talk to motivate your mood! What kinds of choices will you 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

Extend the Lesson

View the fit Units and Lessons Scope and Sequence Chart.

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