Give It a Rest!

9, 10, 11, 12
Keywords & Concepts: 

Sleep, rest, mindfulness, and taking time away from busyness help our overall health and wellbeing. Participants learn about the importance of sleep and analyze their own rest and wellness patterns. They determine how they can improve their own rest and mindfulness and encourage others.

PrintOne 50-Minute Session

The learner will:

  • research and share information about sleep habits, rest, and wellness.
  • copies of handout below: Sleep Fact Sheet


  1. Anticipatory Set

    Spark a discussion about sleep habits and routines. Ask about how much sleep they get and whether it is enough. Discuss how it feels to get enough sleep. Talk about what gets in the way of getting enough sleep and rest from work, in general. This may lead to a discussion of mental health and the need to turn off spinning thoughts and give their brain a rest.

    Tell the learners that sleep and rest are essential to good health. Rest is as important as eating well and getting exercise. 

  2. Give the learners ten minutes to do their own Internet research on the importance of sleep. Distribute copies of the handout below, Sleep Fact Sheet. They may begin on the website for the National Institute of Health.

  3. Discuss what they learned and share their tips on getting better sleep and rest. 

  4. Ask them to reflect quietly on one sleep or rest habit they would like to adopt for themselves.

Philanthropy Framework

  1. Strand PHIL.II Philanthropy and Civil Society
    1. Standard PCS 07. Skills of Civic Engagement
      1. Benchmark HS.1 Utilize the persuasive power of written or oral communication as an instrument of change in the community, nation or the world.
      2. Benchmark HS.4 Analyze and synthesize information to differentiate fact from opinion based on the investigation of issues related to public policy. Discuss these issues evaluating the effects of individual actions on other people, the rule of law and ethical behavior.
  2. Strand PHIL.IV Volunteering and Service
    1. Standard VS 01. Needs Assessment
      1. Benchmark HS.1 Identify a need in the school, local community, state, nation, or world.