Leadership Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Help your students better understand leadership with the help of this lesson plan. Students will read a text lesson that explains what a leader is and describes different types of leaders, then show their understanding with a play-acting activity and a quiz.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define 'leadership'
  • explain types of leadership styles
  • determine which type of leader they are


1 hour


Key Vocabulary

  • Leader
  • Leadership style

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.1

Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.2

Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.4

Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words or phrases in a text relevant to a grade 4 topic or subject area.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.4.1

Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 4 topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.

Warm-Up and Preparation

  • Ask students to think of someone they know personally who they consider a leader, such as a coach, teacher, pastor, or family member.
  • Have students write the person's name in their notebooks and brainstorm qualities that this person has. Do an example, such as your college professor, listing a few qualities such as 'intelligent' and 'generous.'
  • After about five minutes, divide students into partner-pairs and have them share their work, then discuss as a whole class, asking:
    • What qualities do our leaders all have in common? Why?
    • What role do these leaders play in our lives?
  • Now have students make a two-column chart labeled 'What Leaders Are' and 'What Leaders Are Not' in their notebooks as you write the two headers on the board.
  • Beginning with the 'What Leaders Are' column, have the class generate a list of qualities out loud that leaders have. They can allow the qualities of their example leader to begin the conversation.
  • When this list has been generated, ask students to think of qualities that are NOT exhibited by a leader.
  • Tell students they will be taking a closer look at leadership today and preview vocabulary.

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