5th Grade Introduction To Digital Wellness Lesson Plan (Health)

Topic: Introduction to Digital Wellness

Objectives & Outcomes

  • Students will be able to define the terms "posture," "eye strain," and "ergonomics."
  • Students will be able to identify risks for poor posture, eye strain, and ergonomic injuries when using digital devices.


  • Digital device (optional)
  • Handouts with definitions and illustrations of posture, eye strain, and ergonomics
  • Markers or pens


  • Have students stand up and stretch. Ask them to pay attention to their body and identify any areas of pain or discomfort.
  • After a few minutes, ask students to sit down and observe their posture. Ask them to think about how their body feels in the new position.
  • Finally, have students close their eyes and relax for a few seconds. Then, ask them to describe what they see when they open their eyes.

Direct Instruction

  • Introduce the concept of digital wellness and explain that it refers to the health and well-being of the body and mind when using digital devices.
  • Discuss the importance of proper posture and ergonomics when using digital devices. Show examples of proper posture and hand/wrist positioning.
  • Discuss the risks of eye strain and provide tips on how to prevent it. Provide examples of appropriate screen time and usage limits.
  • Emphasize the importance of taking breaks and giving the body a chance to rest and recover.

Guided Practice

  • Have students practice proper posture while using a digital device. -Have students practice proper hand/wrist positioning while using a digital device.
  • Show students how to adjust the settings on their device to minimize the risk of eye strain.
  • Discuss the benefits of taking breaks and encourage students to take a break at least every half hour.

Independent Practice

  • Have students create a "digital wellness" poster that illustrates proper posture, hand/wrist positioning, and eye strain prevention.
  • Encourage students to include additional tips for staying healthy and productive while using digital devices.


  • Have students share their posters with the class.
  • Discuss any additional insights or recommendations that were included on the posters.


  • Observe students during the digital break to ensure they are applying the correct posture and not straining their eyes.
  • Collect and review the posters to assess student understanding of the topic.

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