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!)
- Let it Go (Frozen)
- A Whole New World (Aladdin)
- Hakuna Matata (Lion King)
- 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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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)
**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.
A huge aspect of leadership is thinking “outside the box” and using one’s own strengths to help benefit the task. First, complete the sentence, “A leader is ____” with a word or phrase that you believe is most important in regards to leadership. Next, create your own representation of this sentence in a tangible or non-tangible form (for example: a sculpture, a skit, a song, a poem, a story, artwork made from recycled material, a monologue, etc.)
In your group (or individually,) you will have 30 minutes to complete the sentence and create your representation. Be creative and play to your strengths!
Either watch a movie in class or discuss a movie that everyone has recently watched. Discuss how leadership was incorporated into the plot of the story and also if some major conflicts could have been avoided by using leadership practices/traits.
In your group, you will have 20 minutes to complete the discussion.
Decide which animal you think best represents your personality. Draw this animal and tell the class why you chose it.
You will have 10 minutes to complete this activity. You will share with the class after time is up.