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?
You are currently working at a startup company who wants to create a new consumer product. You must create a new product based on one item in the room, and you will create a pitch about to show on a tv commercial. Your instructor (aka the head of your company) will tell you which item you must create a pitch about. Here’s the catch: the function of your consumer product must be different from the actual function of the object you are given! For example, if you are given a pencil, the function of your new product cannot be to write, or if you are given a cup, the function of the new product cannot be to drink from it. So be creative in coming up with the function of your new product.
After creating your product, you must create a pitch for a tv commercial, including the name of your product, its function, any special features, and where people can buy this product. Each person in your team must speak in your commercial.
Your team will have 15 minutes to create your product and commercial.
Notes for instructors: If students complete this quickly, give them another object. You can also give them another object and make it so one person in the group is not allowed to talk or write anything down.
For a similar version of this activity, see our Commercial activity.
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!
**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.)
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.
**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.
**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!
It is your job to create the epitome of leadership and a team that can get work done efficiently and successfully. Although it is nearly impossible to have a perfect team, it is quite possible to have an efficient and successful team.
In your group, you will have 15 minutes to create different roles for each member of your class in order to have a successful team. Remember, every person in the team is important in some way! Your team methodology should be structured so that you can complete any group task assigned in a classroom setting. Feel free to create a “problem” so that you can construct which aspects may be important for a team to possess. Good luck!