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Lesson

Kids Sleep Habits Influence Healthy Habits

Kids will revisit what they have learned about sleep habits, bedtime routines, and sleep zones.

Objectives

  • Recall that children need 9–12 hours of sleep each night.
  • Identify a sequence of activities that make up a bedtime routine.
  • Describe a sleep zone as an "environment to get your best sleep."

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 to talk about any changes they made to their sleep zones or bedtime routines since starting this unit.

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Captivate

Recharging Energy Levels

Once again, ask students to show their energy level by either sitting on the floor (low), standing (in the middle), or standing with their hands in the air (fully recharged).

How do students' energy levels compare with Lesson 1?

Educate

Sleep Tips for Kids

Read aloud the sleep tips from the slideshow. Highlight three factors that contribute to good sleep:

  • The number of hours you sleep.
  • What you do to prepare for sleep.
  • Your sleep zone environment.

Check for understanding:  _ _ _ _ _ restores your energy.

Activate

Sleep Habits Influence Healthy Choices

Create a classroom sleep quilt. Have kids illustrate tips for bedtime routines and sleep zones and display the illustrations close together like quilt squares. Your quilt can be made from any size paper.

Close the Lesson

Today we revisited what we have learned about sleep habits, bedtime routines, and sleep zones. Now you are ready to revisit your bedtime routine plan to see if you want to make changes for weekend nights!

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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