Leading like Jesus

During the second week of  the US Government Quest, the heroes focused on the Executive Branch of the government. Their field trip to the Gerald R. Ford Museum helped them learn how to become a good leader from the life of President Gerald Ford. Hearing the stories from his childhood and growing up, the heroes discovered that because of his hard work and kind heart, people around him always asked him to be their leader.  The heroes experienced what it felt like to be in the Executive branch when they each sat in the seats of the President and his Cabinet in the Cabinet Room. The heroes learned that the president does not make decisions on his own but he listens to the ideas of his Cabinet members to make the best choices. One hero noticed that the Cabinet Room looked like our Launchpad because they do the same thing that the President and his Cabinet does every time they meet for their Socratic discussions.

Many of the heroes demonstrated their leadership skills as they campaigned to be the UCC president. Each presidential candidate convinced their friends that they would be a good president. After each hero nominated someone to run for president, each nominee had a choice to either accept or decline the nomination. Some heroes declined because they believed their “Call to Action” was to be in Congress or the Supreme Court. The heroes who accepted their nomination promised their friends that if they were elected to be president, they would  “be nice,” “be helpful,” and “think of others before themselves.” One presidential candidate promised all the heroes that if she becomes president, she will tell everyone to “worship God and love Jesus.” After the the Presidential Campaign and Debate, the heroes cast their ballots and elected Ellery as their UCC President. Ellery chose her Vice President, her sister Myla, and all the other members of her Cabinet, giving each hero a voice in the UCC Executive Branch.

The Executive Branch



Vice President


Department of Agriculture


Department of Commerce


Department of Defense


Department of Education


Department of Energy


Department of Health


Department of Homeland Security


Department of Housing


Department of the Interior


Department of Justice


Department of Labor


Department of Veterans Affairs


Department of Treasury


The ELS heroes have been owning their entire learning process each day when they set their own goals each morning and choose core skills work that they would like to work on. Their motivation to learn stems from the freedom and independence they experience when they have a choice on what they would like to learn about, how they best learn, and who they would like to learn with. The heroes continue to achieve the goals they set for themselves and make significant progress towards earning their badges.


Week 2: October 22-26, 2018



Field Trip:

Gerald R. Ford Museum




Bible verse

2 Thessalonians 1:7-10

God will give relief to you who are troubled.

How has God comforted you when you are sad?

2 Thessalonians 1:11

…by His power He may bring to fruition your every desire for goodness and your every deed prompted by faith.

How does your faith help you make good choices?

2 Thessalonians 1:12

We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

How are you glorifying God?

2 Thessalonians 2:1-3

Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way

How do you make your choices? How can you tell when your choices are good or bad?

2 Thessalonians 2:13

God chose you as firstfruits (from the beginning God chose you)

What has God chosen you to do?


What is citizenship? Why is it important?

What makes a citizen? How are you a citizen?

What are some ways you can be an active citizen in your community?

What rights do you have as a citizen of the United States?

What are your responsibilities as a citizen?


US Presidents

George Washington: A life of self-discipline

By Anne Todd

How does self-discipline help you reach your goals?

Gerald R Ford

By Megan Gunderson

How do you show your friends that you are a good leader?

Barack Obama

By Jennifer Strand

If you were the president, how would you help bring people together when they disagree a lot?

John F Kennedy

By Megan Gunderson

What part of his life helped him learn to have a growth mindset: his childhood, education, or World War II experience?

Thomas Jefferson

By Tonya Leslie

Would you accept the challenge to write a Declaration of Independence if your friends asked you? What risks are you willing to take?

Focus topic

Executive Branch

What are the levels of government?

What is the executive branch?

What three qualities do you feel are most important for a president to possess? Why?

How to become president

How would you keep your promises as a president?

President and Cabinet

If you were the president, what would you look for in choosing your Cabinet? Why is it important for the president to have a strong cabinet?

How the executive branch works

Why does our government need the executive branch?

Project time

Government for Kids

Three branches of Government

UCC national symbols

US Presidents

UCC government Presidential nominees

Presidential campaign

Presidential debate

Electing a President

Cabinet members selection

White House Virtual tour


How can we be good citizens?

Why do citizens need to follow rules?

Town hall meeting agenda

Math work mats, materials, pillow

Library maintenance

Why do citizens need to be respectful? What ways do you show respect?

Why do citizens need to take care of the environment?

What is the best way to make your voice heard?

Why do citizens need to help others?

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