One purpose of Leaders UNITE is to help students see that leadership can be fun, and that anyone can step up as a leader in any situation. Think about your own school/a program you are a part of. Now take the time to think about how that school/program could incorporate leadership more into their curriculum. What would you do to provide more opportunities for students to be leaders/feel comfortable speaking out at your school?
This can be done as an activity or a discussion. For the discussion, just answer the question above. For an activity, do the discussion and then create a letter that you would send to your school showing them what they can do to create more opportunities for leadership in the classroom. If you have time, even think of actual changes you would implement and write them out in a detailed plan.
Students will have 25 minutes to do this discussion and activity. Be creative and try to think outside of the box!
*Note: If you are stuck for ideas, here are a few:
- Creating more opportunities for small group learning.
- Creating more opportunities for students to step up as leaders in the classroom.
- Having afterschool leadership programs.
- Having a debate or discussion team where you get to discuss important topics in leadership.
- Creating opportunities for people to share their culture/identity with the class.
As we are learning through this club, leadership can come about in many different ways, and in many different situations. In this activity, it is your turn to show us what a leader would do in a particular situations. You will be given one of the following scenarios, and you and your team must create a scene to resolve the conflict. You and your group will have to act this out, so make sure your skit really shows what a leader would do in these situations.
Your group will have 15 minutes to create and plan your skit!
- You are working on a group project with a few of your classmates, and you notice that one of the students always comes late to group meetings. When he is there, you notice that he never says anything, and that he is always yawning. What would a leader do?
- You see one kid getting picked on at school by some of his classmates. They claim that they are just joking around, but you see that the student actually looks hurt. What would a leader do?
- Your friend comes to you and tells you that she is feeling sad. What would a leader do?
- You see a girl sitting by herself during lunch time at school. What would a leader do?
Congratulations! You have been selected to create the newest videogame! In this activity (which is similar to The Newest App activity), students will work together to create their own videogame and then will create a commercial pitch to sell their videogame to the “audience”. Students must include the game logo, purpose, rules, and features in their commercial pitch, and every person in the group must speak in their presentation.
For younger age groups or for a fun twist, teachers, start by asking the students to name seven things they like in their games (without telling them that they will be creating a videogame). Then once they list their seven things, tell them that they must combine these seven things together to make a brand new videogame. See how they work together to combine these things!
Groups will have 15 minutes to create their videogame and their commercial pitch!
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.