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.

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 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 Affect 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: 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

Extend the Lesson

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