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Fundamentals Lesson 10: How Can I Be a Leader? Leadership Committees Part 1

Beginning of Class Routine

Setting the Stage: Play culturally relevant instrumental music as the students enter class.

Lead the students in a midline crossing activity. Use Educational Kinesiology document to find useful resources.

45-50 minute lesson


  • learn about leadership styles  
  • learn the purpose and responsibilities of LIA leadership committees 
  • build understanding of personal and collective agency (Self-management)
  • co-create a sense of belonging and thriving (Responsible Decision-Making)
  • determine common social goals and interests related to LIA leadership committees (Responsible Decision-Making)
21st Century Competencies Skills for Learning & Life
Critical thinking, communication, collaboration, creativity, social skills, leadership, productivity, initiative, flexibility Social Awareness, Self-Awareness, Responsible Decision-Making, Self-Management


Building The LIA Classroom Community (10-15 minutes)
Go over the objectives of this lesson.

Community Building Activity:


  • Access the Academic Vocabulary Buddy handout and add the following seven vocabulary words in the left hand column that relate to characteristics of dependability:
    • Dependable
    • Responsible
    • Reliable
    • Committed
  • Distribute the AVB handout with the 4 words to each participant and ask them to write their own name at the top of their paper.
  • Instruct participants to stand up with their AVB papers and a pencil/pen and move quietly around the room until you use your attention signal (could be music, chime or bell), indicating that they should stop and find a partner. When everyone has a partner, ask them to make sure that they can pronounce eachother’s first and last name properly. Sign each other’s paper on the vocabulary word in the space to the right. It is very important that they start with the same word.  
  • Give the signals to mix, stop, and find a new partner again until everyone has a partner for the 4 vocabulary words. 
  • After all lines are signed, invite participants to return to their seats and make sure that all the spaces have been filled out. They can repeat partners if it is a small group.
  • For the next five minutes call out the four of the words one by one and allow them 1 minute to discuss the meaning of each word. For example, if the first word is “Dependable” then you would say “Now get together with your “Dependable” AVB to reflect and discuss the meaning for one minute” Do this until you have covered all four words.
  • Use the AVB in the sections below in addition to any other LIA Lesson.

Discuss the need for organization and leadership by discussing the following questions. Have students work with their Academic Vocabulary Buddy (first word):

  • What do you think would happen if the school did away with teachers, principals and other leadership?
  • What if the president decided he no longer wanted to attend any of  his meetings?
  • Why is organization and leadership important? 


Initiate a brief discussion using the questions below.

What? What were your thoughts and feelings as you participated in this activity? (Self-Awareness)

So What? Why do you think it’s important to get to know the meaning of “dependability” and other related words?

Now What? What will you do with what you learned about being a leader? (Responsible Decision Making)

Virtual Adaptation: Show students how to use their computer to access the Academic Vocabulary Buddies and facilitate a virtual AVB list. Manually place AVBs in Breakout Rooms to get to know each other and even practice the use of the vocabulary. Emphasize Norms of Virtual Collaboration and Shared Agreements.


Activities to foster student engagement. (click link for resource)


Purpose: To facilitate student interaction so that students will better understand the qualities of leadership and the related behaviors such as dependability, responsibility, reliability and commitment. 

Skills for Learning & Life Focus: Understanding the meaning of dependability and associated behaviors will further enhance students’ Self-Awareness, Social Awareness and Responsible Decision-Making skills.

Engagement Activity:

  • Watch Video Leadership (For the Birds 3.5 min)
  • Ask students to think about the following questions. Have students work with their Academic Vocabulary Buddy (second word):
    • What poor leadership decisions were made?
    • If you were assigned to lead this small group of birds, what changes would you make to help them be more successful?
    • In what ways does LIA place you in leadership positions and allow you to influence people in the school and community?

Committee Overview


  • Explain that each LIA student will participate in regular committee meetings.
  • Show LIA Committee Video.  
  • Ask the students what they picture an LIA Leadership Meeting to be like.
  • Demonstrate a model LIA meeting by using LIA Meeting Agenda Teacher Model.

Guided Practice

  • Students will use the LIA Meeting Agenda Outline for this activity.
  • Brainstorm and discuss as a class possible activities or events they can plan and execute within the school, community and country.
  • Choose an activity then split into groups of 5-7 and hold a pretend LIA meeting using the above example handout as an agenda guide.

Independent Practice

  • Give the student time to try to plan an activity and then ask the students the following questions. Have students work with their Academic Vocabulary Buddy (third word).
    • Did anything unexpected happen?
    • Was it difficult to stay on topic?
    • How can good leaders make meetings more effective?


  • Challenge small groups of students to simulate a campaign for an assigned LIA leadership role by building arguments to support issues that are relevant to the specific role. Students research sample slogans to create a campaign slogan and digital poster.
  • Host a mock election based on the simulated campaign developed by the small groups of students. Students choose the electronic resource to be used for the voting process.



 Exit Ticket

Journal Entry Suggestions

  • How can you be a successful leader at school, at home, or in the community?


Differentiation Ideas

  • Strategy Grouping–Partner high skilled students with students with mid-level skills and/or partner mid-level skilled students with students with lower skills. 
  • New committees and new LIA students may need more support in running a committee meeting. Teacher should sit in and guide the meeting as needed.


  • Display Weblink Leadership Tips.
  • Split the students into small groups and have them each come up with 2 to 3 leadership tips and scenarios where they would be useful, then share them with the class.