Category Archives: Middle School Activities

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.)

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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…

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!

First Day Questionnaire

On the first day of the club, you will fill out this short questionnaire in order to help you individually to become a more effective leader. Your teacher will collect and store the forms after completion. General answers should be emailed to leadersuniteclub@gmail.com for more individualized variation to the curriculum.

Leaders UNITE first day form

You will complete the same form again at the end of the year and be able to compare answers from the two forms. It should be interesting to notice your growth as a leader!

A Leader Is… (Creativity Project)

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!

Leadership Around School

Leadership is a skill that can be used directly or indirectly in many circumstances. Using the three topics provided, create a short (30 second- 1 minute) skit that shows an example of how leadership could be used in this situation.

1. Finding a song for your band to play at the school talent show

2. Working on a science presentation with a group

3. Planning a trip to the pool with some friends

 

In your groups, you will have 20 minutes to plan out the skits. After time is up, you will present them to the class. Be creative!

Creating a Poem

What does it feel like to be a leader during a situation? What feelings are most prominent for you? Do you feel worried, nervous, supported, or even determined? Individually, write a poem (of any style and length) that describes your personal feelings when you are a leader in a certain activity.

 

You will have 20 minutes to complete this activity. After time is up, you will share your poem to the class.