Sleep Tips for Kids | Sanford Fit

Lesson

Sleep Tips for Kids

Teach kids to think about how much sleep they get each night. Kids will learn how much sleep they need.

Objectives

  • Recall that children need 9-12 hours of sleep each night.

Info to Know

Recharge is your energy. It influences the choices you make. fit presents different ways to recharge and get energy: 

  • Relax, without a screen, throughout the day. 
  • Get enough sleep. Below are the minimum and maximum hours of sleep for different age groups as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics:
    • Ages 4-12 months: 12-16 hours (including naps)
    • Ages 1-2 years: 11-14 hours (including naps)
    • Ages 3-5 years: 10-13 hours (including naps)
    • Age 6-12 years: 9-12 hours
    • Age 13-18 years: 8-10 hours

This unit introduces students to the importance of getting enough sleep. They will learn about how to establish or improve their bedtime routines and how to create their own sleep zone—an environment conducive to sleep.

Set The Stage

Ask kids if they have pets, for those who do ask them to brainstorm their pet's sleep habits. They can tell a partner.

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Captivate

Sleep Habits of Animals

Can your students correctly answer the true and false questions about animal sleep from the slideshow?

Educate

Sleep Habits of Animals

Tell students their body needs 9–12 hours of sleep each night for energy and growth. Below are the minimum and maximum hours of sleep for different age groups as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics:

  • Ages 4-12 months: 12-16 hours (including naps)
  • Ages 1-2 years: 11-14 hours (including naps)
  • Ages 3-5 years: 10-13 hours (including naps)
  • Age 6-12 years: 9-12 hours
  • Age 13-18 years: 8-10 hours

As a class, talk about what time the kids need to go to bed to meet their sleep requirements. The kids can then create a diagram with the Sleep Calculator, where they count the number of hours between the time they go to bed at night and the time they wake up in the morning.

Check for understanding: What time will you need to go to bed tonight to get enough sleep?

Activate

Calculate Your Sleep

Students calculate their sleep hours with the Sleep Calculator printable.

Guide students to identify the time they need to go to bed to get 9-12 of hours of sleep.

Encourage students to set an alarm or write themselves a note so they know what time to go to bed to be fully recharged for the next day.

Close the Lesson

Today we learned exactly how much sleep we should get each night. Next, we will learn how bedtime routines can impact our sleep.

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–Get an appropriate amount of sleep and rest.
  • 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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