Smart Sleep

Objective

Objective
Learn the importance of getting healthy sleep.
Key Teaching Messages
Nothing replaces sleep but sleep.
Sleep is just as important to children’s health and development as nutrition and physical activity.
Inadequate sleep can affect body weight by affecting: healthy eating decisions, body’s ability to use and break-down food, and body’s ability to perform growth processes.
Performance Standards
NATIONAL PRE-K–2nd grade HEALTH PERFORMANCE STANDARDS
Identify that healthy behaviors impact personal health.
Common Core Standards: Kindergarten-Second Grade
Speaking and Listening:
Comprehension and Collaboration

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.K.1
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.1.1
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.2.1
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.K.2
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.1.2
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.2.2
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.K.4
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.1.4
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.2.4
Reading Literature:
Key Ideas and Details

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.1
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.2
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.3
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.1
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.2
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.3
Craft and Structure
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.4
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.4
Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.7
NIH Health Messages
Healthy sleep plays a vital role in maintaining a healthy body and mind.
The activities in the lesson are included to help make bedtime a more positive experience. Singing songs, reading books and looking at images that make children happy, all add up to a pleasant bedtime routine. Act out a healthy bedtime routine and an unhealthy one. Demonstrate how you might feel the morning after each, using facial expressions and posture.
Educator Tip
Music & Movement
The Hello Song
Ask children to share some of the songs they sing at home as part of their bedtime routines. You can also sing a variation of this song, substituting the words good night for hello.
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Music & Movement
The Clean-up Song
Just like a family meal, clean-up time is a family activity as well. In school, this song can be used with any lesson, and is a nice way to keep children moving through clean-up activities.
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Art
Sleep Mobile
Sleep Mobile
Sleep Mobile
Materials
  • Cardboard arches
  • Collage materials
  • Glue
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Yarn
Instructions
  1. Hand out one cardboard arch to each child. Make all materials accessible.
  2. Discuss with children what shapes they would like to look at as they fall sleep at night and encourage them to create these shapes and pictures using the collage materials.
  3. Have children attach their shapes to the ends of pipe cleaners.
  4. Attach the pipe cleaners to the cardboard arches using glue or by hole punching the arch and tying them through.
  5. Set projects aside to dry.
Alternate Project
Materials
  • Fabric markers
  • Light colored pillowcase
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You can find kits online, or get creative with your own materials. If you do use a kit, substitute pipe cleaners for string. Pipe cleaners are easier for the children to handle.
Educator Tip
Literacy
Good Night, Gorilla
Good Night, Gorilla
Good Night, Gorilla
Overview
With very few written words, Good Night, Gorilla, by Peggy Rathmann, helps children follow a story and anticipate what will happen next. By following along with the gorilla, children learn the importance of having a bedtime routine. Look for key visuals like keys, lock, little mouse, flashlight.
Vocabulary
Challenge Word/Key Emphasis: routine
Animal Words: gorilla, elephant, lion, armadillo, hyena, giraffe
Alternate Books
Goodnight Moon
by Margaret Wise Brown
Time to Sleep
by Denise Fleming
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The gorilla in this book might remind you of a child you know — and might even remind the children of themselves. Ask your class to describe what they see. Have fun with it!
Educator Tip
Did You Know?
 
Did you know that increasing physical activity helps all family members sleep better?
Adding a family walk or dance party can help everyone get the quality sleep they need!
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Activities
Any one of the following:
Read favorite books together.
Give a backrub.
Stretch gently.
Keep bedroom comfortable, quiet, and dark.
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Recipes
Any one of the following:
Cup of warm fat-free or low-fat milk.
Banana slices.
Two slices of toast.
Cup of applesauce with cinnamon sprinkled on top.
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Printables
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New Words
  • New Words

  • Bed
  • Nap
  • Rest
  • Sleep
  • Tired

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