A Spin on Charades

We know most of you already know how to play charades. But this activity is a little bit different.

In this activity, the class will split into groups of two. The facilitator (or one person from each group) will act out different words (see word bank below), and the rest of the team will have to guess which word they are acting out. Both teams will act out the same word, so it’s a race to see which team can guess the word first! But there’s a catch- only one person from each group can raise their hand to guess which word their teammate is acting out. This person, the assigned leader, is the only one who will be allowed to guess the word. And after each round, a new assigned leader will be picked from each group. So get excited to have dynamic shifts in leadership and communication in each round of the game. The first team to 10 points wins!

Word bank (only visible to the facilitator and one actor from each team):

  1. Love
  2. Friends
  3. Bird
  4. Pencil
  5. School
  6. Sick
  7. Tree
  8. Grapes
  9. Family
  10. Soccer
  11. Basketball
  12. Ballerina
  13. Rain
  14. Nail polish
  15. Teacher
  16. Doctor
  17. School bus
  18. Gloves
  19. Snow
  20. Water
  21. Computer
  22. Pillow
  23. Cat
  24. Dog
  25. Dentist
  26. Hair scrunchie
  27. Sister
  28. Cellphone
  29. Baby
  30. Elephant

YAS it’s Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is a great time to tell people you are grateful for them. This Valentine’s Day, we want you to celebrate everyone who is special in your life, whether that be your family, friends, teachers, peers, or anyone else important in your life. During this YAS (You are Special) activity, you will create two Valentines- one for someone you know very well, and one for someone you do not know as well. Decorate the Valentine’s in any way you want, and make sure to write, “YAS because…” on the person’s card and say something nice about them!

Leadership lessons from TV

Do you have a favorite TV show? Did you know that many TV shows actually include many important life lessons in their episodes? And many of these same TV shows also teach us very important lessons about leadership too!

Take 15 minutes to think about a lesson about leadership you learned from a TV show. It could be something obvious (ex. an example of someone being a leader in a workplace or school, someone leading a sports team, etc.) or something less obvious (ex. someone encouraging another person, someone standing up for another person, causing a change or making a difference in their community, etc.). Then, if you are doing this as a public speaking activity, you will come to the front of the class and present your scenario to your peers, answering these questions in your presentation:

  1. What is the name of the TV show?
  2. What happens in the episode where a character uses leadership?
  3. How can this be applied to our own lives?

If you are doing this activity as a team building activity, instead of presenting the scene to the class, you and your group will pick one scene together and act out the scene for the class! You do not have to act it out word for word, so you can feel free to put your own spin on the scene.

Public Speaking Reflection Questions

At the end of every public speaking activity, the club supervisor will lead a reflection session for students, separate from the reflection questions that are used for other activities. The supervisor should guide (not directly give the answer) students to come up with their own answers or address important patterns that arose during the activity. Although supervisors can think of any questions they want relating to the activity or patterns they noticed, here are a few reflection questions that can be used for any activity.

  1. How did this activity feel? Was it hard or easy?
  2. What was the easiest part about this activity? What was the most challenging?
  3. How nervous were you to speak in front of your peers?
  4. How did your feeling beforehand compare to the feeling when you actually presented for your peers?
  5. What was something you say another person do well during his/her public speaking?
  6. What would you like to improve on next time?