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Move Your Mood: How Movement Keeps You Healthy Inside & Out

Lesson Title: Move Your Mood – How Exercise Keeps Us Healthy Inside & Out

Grade(s): K-5

ASCA Standards:

  • PS:A1.2 Identify values, attitudes and beliefs
  • PS:A1.5 Identify and express feelings
  • PS:B1.4 Develop effective coping skills for dealing with problems

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will understand what a mood is and what can help put you in a good or bad mood
  • Students will understand the benefits of movement to improve mood


  • Technology to play videos and to read 2 articles online
  • Large pieces of paper and writing utensils for group work
  • Move Your Mood book by Brenda S. Miles and Colleen A. Patterson


Introduce the lesson. “Have you ever been in a bad mood? I know I have! Sometimes I wake up in a bad mood for no apparent reason, sometimes I am running late and it puts me in a bad mood, or something happens to me that gets me in a bad mood – like being left out or getting a ticket. I have also had good moods for no apparent reason or because I got to eat my favorite type of cereal in the morning or because the weather is nice outside. Moods are similar to feelings or attitudes, it’s the way that we feel because of what is going on around us or inside of us.”


  • What gets you in a good mood?
  • What gets you in a bad mood?
  • Can you control what type of mood you are in?
  • Are we responsible for our mood? How about the actions that we take because of our mood?

K-1: “Today we are going to read a book called Move Your Mood! to explore how movement can help us to be in a better move!” Read Move Your Mood by Brenda S. Miles and Colleen A. Patterson.

2-5: “Today we are going to watch a short video that explores how movement or exercise can help us to be in a better mood!”

Read some of the following articles with students to learn about the benefits of movement and mental/emotional health:

K-5: “One thing that is especially helpful for helping us to get in a better mood is to keep our bodies moving!”

K-1: “We are going to practice moving our bodies to help us get into a good mood!”

Use a video to guide students in movement or use the following video (and the videos that follow):

At the end of class, poll students on how many of them are in a better mood than when they started class. Ask students to share how they will use movement to get in a better mood this week.

2-5: Group students together in groups of 3-5 and provide each group 1 large piece of paper. Ask students to make a list of things that they can do to help them to get in a better mood. Provide some examples:

  • Movement/Exercise
  • Art/crafts
  • Reading a book
  • Talking to a friend
  • Journaling
  • Getting a hug
  • Eating a snack
  • Sensory activities (Slime, playdough, pottery, etc.)
  • Listening to upbeat music
  • Going for a walk outside
  • Watching funny videos

Next, ask students to make a list of things of things that can get them in a bad mood that they should try to avoid. For example:

  • Too much technology
  • Staying inside too much
  • Spending time with other people who are in a bad mood
  • Getting in trouble
  • Eating too much unhealthy food
  • Working too much without a break

K-5 Closing Discussion:

  • Why is it important that we try to improve our mood?
  • What are some ways that we can improve our mood?
  • What should we stay away from as it may put us in a bad mood?
  • Why are we responsible for the actions we make, even if we are in a bad mood?
Posted in Love For The Elementary Counselor, School Counseling Program

Resources for Parents & Students regarding COVID-19

There are a lot of different ways that counselors can help students during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic and distance learning. We have all been adapting our roles to online platforms as we can no longer meet with our students in person or teach SEL lessons like we used to, but students need us now more than ever as they are required to deal with a new and scary virus that is hard for many adults to deal with, not to mention that they are being asked to do work on an online platform most have never used before, and stresses that were in their home before the pandemic are as obvious as ever.

I want to encourage you to explore how you can be intentional about each of these areas as you work with your students. I have posted food resources, counseling resources, etc. on my school page for students and parents to access. I have been calling students that I had been meeting with prior to schools closing to find ways to gain parental consent to meet with students over video chat or over a google voice number that allows me to keep my own phone number private (see more here: I adjusted my previous group counseling curriculum to be interactive over video chat and scheduled times with my groups to meet together online. I am also checking in on students with 504’s, have had a suicide assessment in the last couple of months, and anyone that teachers have struggled to get a hold of in order to encourage their students to begin their online coursework.

I wanted to share some of the resources I shared with families regarding COVID-19. I know that a lot of students are confused, worried, and frightened so I wanted to share anything that might help educate our students and their families and to provide resources to help manage the concerns and worries of their children. It’s so important for us to provide resources for parents in order for them to cope with the changes and concerns revolving this virus; children learn how to deal with what is going on around them from their parents, so the better parents handle this time the better their children will as well!

This is what I shared on my page with parents:
Here you will find several resources for parents and students in regards to concerns surrounding COVID-19. Please remember that children are very perceptive and can sense the stress and confusion surrounding all of the changes we have been experiencing, not to mention that they are undergoing a huge transition from learning at school with their teachers and friends to learning online with the help of loved ones. Mental health, social emotional learning, and checking in on the feelings, worries, and understanding of our children of all that is going on around them is a priority. I hope these resources are helpful and I encourage you to utilize the resources around you at this time.

Here you will find some great insight on how to talk to kids about COVID-19 & how to address anxiety/worries that arise in response to this virus. (Links to an external site.) (Links to an external site.)


The following website provides a great resource for students to learn more about COVID-19

Counselors, I understand that our roles during this time may vary drastically. I would love to hear what you have been doing during this time to help our students! Please share below!