Heroes Today, Leaders Tomorrow

Throughout the Government Quest, the ELS heroes inspired each other to become leaders. When they were campaigning for government positions, they focused on their actions and plans to help the citizens. Each candidate demonstrated high standards they set for themselves without the need to put down their opponents. They did not just talk about problems, they thought about solutions to the problems and made laws to solve the problems. Collaboration enabled the heroes to empower one another creating more leaders rather than followers.

During their Socratic discussions, the heroes reflected on different ways to lead with empathy.  They helped one another understand how their actions affect others. They shared about times they may have felt strong emotions like anger or frustration and the strategies that helped them control their emotions.They also learned the importance of “putting yourself in someone’s shoes” to help others when they have strong emotions.

As the heroes planned their Quest Exhibition,  they talked about  their ideas on how to share with their families all that they have learned throughout their United States Government Quest. They wanted to represent each branch of the government so they tried to figure out how many heroes could be in each branch. Some heroes had to convince the others that they really wanted to be a representative even when there were more representatives than the other branches. The representatives insisted that they really wanted to make laws. So the others agreed that it was okay to have more representatives than the other branches. The heroes also wanted to have name tags so that people would know their government position. Several heroes looked through books to figure out what they should wear for the exhibition. The Executive branch also wanted to set up their table just like the Cabinet Room at the Gerald R. Ford Museum and the pictures from books they read, with tea cup settings and placemats. Many of the heroes suggested more and more ideas to their Exhibition presentations to make it the best they could. As a result, their families were so blessed to see them take on the roles of government officials during the exhibition and apply what they have learned to their learning environment through their leadership responsibilities.

The UCC government was very thankful to parents and ES Buddies who introduced bills to the legislative branch that became laws. The UCC citizens enjoyed their Fun Friday wearing their PJs to the Ice Cream Party!

After the Exhibition the heroes reflected on the entire Government Quest. They completed a Quest Survey and gave five stars to the Socratic discussions, project time activities, field trip, hero talk, and the exhibition. The heroes also reflected on how they learned about things that they were curious about before the quest. Most of them glowed with pride as they recounted all they have learned throughout the quest. They truly believed that each of them had a leadership role to play in their studio and have the power to help the citizens of UCC by creating the best learning environment for everyone.

Week 5: November 12-16, 2018






Bible verse


2 Thessalonians 3:8

We worked night and day

Never give up

Think of time you never gave up. How did you face your fears?

2 Thessalonians 3:9

…to offer ourselves as a model for you to imitate.

Who would you like to imitate?

2 Thessalonians 3:13

Never tire of doing what is good

Think of time you felt tired of doing good. What helped you persevere and have grit?

Chuck Yeager breaks the sound barrier

2 Thessalonians 3:15

Do not regard them as an enemy, but warn them as you would a fellow believer

Would you tell an adult when others make sad choices or help them  make better choices yourself?

2 Thessalonians 3:16

May the Lord of peace give you peace at all time and in every way

What gives you peace?

Still by Hillsong


Leading with Empathy

Class Dojo

How does your actions affect how others feel?

Share about a time you had strong emotions and got trapped in “The Maze?”

How will you control your emotions and escape “The Maze?”

Think of a time you put yourself in someone else’s shoes.

Why is empathy important?

Project time

Government officials


Government branch signs for exhibition

Inside the White House

Exhibition preparations

UCC flags

Exhibition for ES Buddies

Government Quest Reflection

Quest Survey

Hero Feedback

Vote for squad leaders for next session

Quest planning for next session


Becoming good citizens

Do good citizens always walk away from conflict?

Town hall meeting


Storybots ROE

How did you set a good example for others? How can you set a good example  when someone is unkind to you?

How do you glorify God with all  your work?

How will you apply what you have learned to your life?

Hero bucks for ice cream party

PJ Fun Friday

Character call out for Simon

How do we show respect when we are at a birthday party? What are your strategies to have self-control when you get really excited?

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