Social skills cards in bright colors used for group student activity

Social Skills Cards

Social Skills Cards

Topic: Leadership

Empowerment Lesson Video: Become A Leader


  • Index cards (the social skills tasks cards are to be prepared in advance)
  • Pens/pencils

Video Discussion:

Tell the students they will be viewing a video entitled Become a Leader. Explain that the video presents role models talking about important qualities and ideas that leaders need to keep in mind so that they can be successful.

After viewing the video ask the students the following questions:

  • What are some of the qualities that make a good leader?
  • What are some of the qualities that make a good team member?
  • Can you be a good leader and also be a good team member?

Activity Preparation:

Prepare the social skills cards in advance. To prepare, write the following questions on an index card (one question per card).

  • The cafeteria worker gives you too much change at lunchtime. What do you do?
  • Your classmate is sitting outside in the hallway with her head down. Do you say anything to her? What do you say?
  • You find out that your new friend is really into country music but you hate country music. How do you handle it?
  • Your English homework is due tomorrow and you havent started. What can you do?
  • Your friend told you that another friend was saying mean things about you. What do you do?
  • You really want the new phone that is coming out in a month but you don’t have a lot of money. How can you plan a way to get the phone?
  • You were hoping to be chosen team captain but your friend was chosen instead. How do you handle it?
  • You see a classmate stealing something in a store. What do you do?
  • Your teacher asks the class to submit ideas for a class community project. You have a great idea but are nervous that others might not think it’s any good. What do you do?
  • Your class has a new exchange student and you don’t speak their language. What do you do?
  • You’re invited to a party at an older kid’s house but their parents won’t be home and you know your parents would not allow you to go if they knew. How do you handle it?
  • One of the smaller kids in your class is getting picked on by others. Do you get involved?
  • Your friend has been acting withdrawn and depressed. You’re worried about her but you’re not sure how to help. What can you do?
  • You and your sister have been fighting for days and you’re very upset about it. How do you handle it?
  • You see a student copying from your paper during a test. What do you do?
  • Your dream is to be a singer but your parents want you to study engineering. What do you do?
  • You’re working on a group project at school but one member of the group isn’t doing their share of the work. How do you handle it?
  • You told your friend a secret in confidence but later found out that she told someone else. What do you do?
  • Your grandmother invites you to spend an afternoon with her but you’d rather be with your friends. How do you handle it?
  • You want to start a dog-walking business but you’re nervous about talking to adults to find dogs to walk. What do you do?

Activity Instructions:

Have each student draw a card and read it aloud, then have a group discussion with the class to brainstorm possible solutions for each scenario.