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It’s Dance Time!

Students will work together in groups to think of a dance for one of the following songs. Note: The dance must be your own unique creation, not one that already exists (unless you are tweaking it!)

  1. Let it Go (Frozen)
  2. A Whole New World (Aladdin)
  3. Hakuna Matata (Lion King)
  4. Part of Your World (Little Mermaid)

All students will have 15 minutes to think of their dance. All students in the group should perform this dance together after time is up.

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YAS (You Are Special) Leadership!

YAS (You are Special) is a central component of the Leaders UNITE curriculum because we believe that a good leader encourages his/her teammates and takes the time to learn why each team member is special and unique. Because of the success of the YAS movement, we have decided to add a YAS activity for our elementary school students.

In this activity, students will write cards for their classmates that begin with, “YAS (You Are Special) because…”. The cards will be based on the YAS Valentine’s Day Cards that Leaders UNITE created a few years ago, and students will get to give these to their friends and teachers during this activity!

Christmas Gifts

With Christmas and other December holidays coming up, it is important to return to ideas of teamwork and learning more about the people you work with. A leaders job is not only to “lead,” but also to genuinely take time to learn about all of the members of a team.

In this activity, students will write one thing that they want for Christmas on a piece of paper (without saying the thing out loud). Then, students will sit in a circle and place all of the pieces of paper in the middle of the circle. Students will go around the classroom picking out a piece of paper and guessing which person wanted which gift. Once they find out who wrote which gift, the person who wrote the gift will tell the class a little bit about why they want that gift, or why it is special to them.

If you finish the activity early, go around and do it again, but with Christmas wishes instead!

Time for Thanks(giving)

Thanksgiving is a time to think about what and who we are thankful for. It is also a time to spread positivity towards one another, which is something that the Leaders UNITE YAS movement encourages.

For this activity, students sit in a circle in a random order. Then, they go around the classroom and say why they are thankful for the person sitting next to them. Students say why they are thankful for the person, and also one nice thing the person next to them has done.

Drawing a Leader

After thinking about what a leader is, it is important to think about some leaders in your lives. Remember- leaders come in all forms and do not need to have an official title to be a leader. Who are some people who have helped you, set an example for you, or encouraged you? Take this time to draw a picture of someone who is a leader in your life. Afterwards, feel free to tell this person that they are a leader in your eyes!

Students will have 15 minutes to complete this activity. They will then present their drawings to the class and explain why this person is a leader in their eyes.

Hand Signs

**assigned leader activity

Being the leader of a group can sometimes be difficult. It is not always easy to communicate your ideas to others, especially when there are major obstacles in the way. In your group, there will be one assigned leader who will be tasked with directing the class in drawing a scene (listed below.) There is one catch- the assigned leader cannot speak to the group and must use other forms of communication (not including writing words) to communicate the scene.

 

In your group, you will have 15 minutes to complete this activity. Enjoy and don’t get frustrated!

Scene: (assigned leader read only): It is a forest setting with large trees and a cloudy blue sky above. There is a toucan on a tree to the right of the page and small lake on the center of the page. There is a hippopotamus drinking some water from the lake (on the left-hand side of the lake.)

Find someone who…

A good team must play to the strengths of the group. Therefore, it is important to have an idea of everyone’s abilities. Each person will have one of these sheets. In order to complete one of the numbers, another person must sign his/her name on your sheet. Be honest about your talents. The first one to have 20 signatures win!

*Note: If your class is smaller than 20 people, some people can sign for more than one number on the sheet.

Find someone who…

Find Someone Who (Younger Student Version)

 

Show and Learn

**assigned leader activity

In this activity, a member of your group will demonstrate and teach the other members of the class how to perform a certain activity or talent that they possess. This gives a chance for students to recognize one another’s talents, because it is important for a group to play to the strengths of the individuals within it. Also, this gives students a chance to explore new activities and practice explaining and getting ideas across in an audible and comprehensive manner. A leader must also possess patience, because not everyone in the group will have the same amount of experience.

In your group, you will have 20 minutes to watch the demonstration and learn an aspect from the person presenting. For example, a dancer can perform a dance and then teach the choreography (or a beginning-level dance) to the class. Have fun and get to know one another’s talents.

Bossy Says “Go Fish”

**assigned leader activity

People should be able to handle difficult conditions within a group. This activity will help reinforce that. One member of the class will be the assigned leader for this activity. Another member of the class (who should read the section under “Note to follower” prior to the beginning of the activity) will be a controlled obstacle during this activity. Note: the follower must be chosen in secret.

The assigned leader will teach the whole group how to play a card game. Although the card game can be similar to or based off of a real card game, it should have aspects that are invented by the leader and be an original game. The leader will first explain the game to the group and then everyone will play the game- including the leader.

 

In your group, you will have 15 minutes to play the card game.

Note to follower: You are the assigned obstacle. It is your job to try to change the leader’s rule, question his/her authority, try to create your own rules, and even attempt to cheat. As the obstacle, you should do all of these things, but do them subtly. If people figure out that you are the obstacle, then the game will lose its purpose. So have fun with the task, but don’t be too obvious.

The Tallest Tower

**assigned leader activity

Split into three, even groups (as even as possible.) In your groups, you will be tasked with constructing the tallest towards out of the materials provided by your teacher. Typically, each group would have 2 textbooks, 7 Styrofoam cups, and a deck of cards; however, use whatever material the teacher has available. Each group will have the same materials.

 

In your groups, you will 10 minutes to construct the tallest tower possible. Good luck and may the best group win!