Cues for Helping Kids Think About Their Moods | Sanford Fit

Lesson

Cues for Helping Kids to Think About Their Moods

Help kids to think about their moods and how they have the power to motivate them.

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

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 brainstorm their favorite things to do on a rainy day (or snow day). Have students talk to a partner about which activities listed are healthy choices.

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Captivate

Empower Kids to Motivate their Mood

Read aloud from the slides that tell about how Finn and Rosa deal with a rainy day. Which child notices their mood, then chooses to motivate that mood?

Educate

Have Kids Think About Their Mood

Key Points:

  • Everyone experiences different feelings and emotions that put them in a mood.
  • Take charge of your mood:
  1. Know your mood. Recognize that feelings and emotions put you in a mood.
  2. Before you choose, think about all of your options.
  3. Use positive self-talk for motivation.
  4. Make a healthy (fit) choice!

Check for understanding: How will you motivate your mood to make choices that are great for your body and brain?

Activate

Help Kids Motivate Their Mood

Ask for examples of choices students can make when they decide to motivate their mood.

Guide responses by asking about move and recharge choices that are fun to do alone or with a friend.

Create a fit tip! Students use the fit Tip printable to show when to take charge of their mood and make a fit choice.

Close the Lesson

Today we learned about how to motivate a mood and make fit choices. Next, we will learn about how recharge and mood are connected.

Grade: K-2

Time: 20 Minutes

What You'll Need

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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