Intro – 5th Grade – Lamar

Intro to Leadership


In lesson 1, students will define leadership, be reintroduced to Lamar, and identify situations in which they could be leaders.

In lesson 2, students will learn how cooperation and teamwork can enhance Leadership skills.

In lesson 3, students will incorporate their understanding of Leadership into an entry in their Career Journals, as it relates to their future work.


Students will develop self confidence in their ability to be leaders among their peers, and in other life situations by:

  • developing and employing effective interpersonal communication skills and demonstrating empathy
  • creating positive and supportive relationships with peers and adults
  • employing leadership and teamwork skills in diverse groups
  • using effective collaboration and cooperation skills
  • demonstrating social maturity, ethical behavior, and appropriate self-advocacy skills


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  1. Using the Project TEAM House Guide, draw the PT house, indicating the Door.
  2. Re-introduce Lamar and briefly discuss his leadership abilities.
  3. Ask students to identify a leader that they know or have heard of. Write these leaders on the board. Try to get an equal number of responses from boys and girls. If they bring up fictional characters, that’s okay. The focus of this lesson is to recognize leadership qualities.
  4. Once you have written six names, ask the students to list a quality or characteristic that makes the identified person or character a good leader.  Write some of their answers on the board underneath the identified leaders.
  5. Write the word Leadership on the board and ask students to define what they think it means. Once they have provided some answers, introduce the definition.
  6. Ask the class to name some skills a leader needs in order to guide or direct a group.  Write some of the skills the students provide on the board.  (Some of the skills they list may tie into previous foundations. This is good, as the previous foundations are intended to make a good leader).
  7. Add the following skills if they are not already on the list:
    • Speaking Up
    • Offering Good Ideas
    • Being a Good Listener
    • Taking Turns
    • Cooperating
    • Being a Good Role Model
  8. Ask why the skills listed are important for a leader to have. As students answer this question, point out links that exist between their answers and previous foundations. Some examples are: Speaking Up (Anti-Bullying, Helping Others, Positive Change, Problem-Solving); Offering Good Ideas (Helping Others, Positive Change, Problem-Solving, Resilience); Being a Good Listener (Problem-Solving, Positive Change, Helping Others, Anti-Bullying); Taking Turns (Positive Change, Helping Others, Anti-Bullying); Cooperating (Problem-Solving, Positive Change, Helping Others, Anti-Bullying, Resilience); Being a Good Role Model (Helping Others, Positive Change, Problem-Solving, Anti-Bullying, Resilience).
  9. Ask students to come with ways that they can be leaders in school using the previous foundations. Allow students time to answer.
  10. Then ask students to come up with ways they can leaders at home using the foundations. Allow time for answers.
  11. Finally ask the students to come up with ways they can be leaders in the community by using the foundations. Allow time for answers.

Making Foundation Connections 

* The above lesson makes connections between all the foundations.

20 minutes