If I Were President or Prime Minister

If I Were President or Prime Minister lesson plan

What would you do if you were a national leader? Invite students to imagine themselves as the head of a government.

  • 1.

    Students discuss world events with classmates, family, and friends. With the many important issues facing the country and the world today, strong leadership is very important. What qualities are needed to make a strong leader? List students responses on a classroom white board using Crayola Dry-Erase Markers.

  • 2.

    Research some of the best world leaders of the past. List those traits that made them strong leaders, and discuss them with your teacher, parent, and/or friends.

  • 3.

    Invite students to imagine themselves as the president or prime minister of the country. If you had one major decision to make-a decision which could positively affect the people of the world---what would that decision be? With Crayola® Erasable Colored Pencils, students write about the decision they would make. Share decisions with classmates.

  • 4.

    Students use Crayola® Crayons to draw themselves as the leader of the country. Include the country's flag and other important symbols of leadership. Display drawings with student writing, and discuss responses with friends, parents, and teachers.


  • LA: Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
  • LA: Integrate information from several texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.
  • LA: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.
  • LA: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
  • LA: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions with diverse partners on grade level topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.
  • LA: Present claims and findings, emphasizing salient points in a focused, coherent manner with pertinent descriptions, facts, details and examples; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.
  • SS: Use appropriate resources, data sources, and geographic tools to generate, manipulate, and interpret information.
  • SS: Show how groups and institutions work to meet individual needs and promote the common good, and identify examples of where they fail to do so.
  • SS: Explain the purpose of government.
  • SS: Distinguish among local, state, an dnational government and identify representative leaders at these levels such as mayor, governor, and president.
  • VA: Intentionally take advantage of the qualities and characteristics of art media, techniques, and processes to enhance communication of experiences and ideas.
  • VA: Select and use the qualities of structures and functions of art to improve communication of ideas.


  • Possible classroom resources include: A Picture Book of George Washington by David A. Adler; A Picture Book of Abraham Lincoln by David A. Adler; A Picture Book of Benjamin Franklin by David A. Adler; If I Were President by Catherine Stier; The Story of Thomas Jefferson by Patricia A. Pingry;