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4-H School Enrichment

Yancey County 4-H has lots to offer educators to bring hands-on, experiential learning activities into the classroom, which complement your existing classroom activities. The 4-H curriculum is research-based and is aligned with the North Carolina Essential Standards. Each curriculum provides youth with valuable learning experiences which teaches content, as well as life skills such as leadership, teamwork and critical thinking.

Below is a list of all the school enrichment programs 4-H has to offer. There are programs for all grades, broken down by elementary, middle or high school, and programs specific to each grade level. Contact Jordan English, 4-H Agent to learn more or schedule a lesson!

Elementary School

Programs for All Grades (K-5)

Agricultural Literacy

Students will be read a book with an agricultural theme and then receive follow up activities to reinforce the topics presented in the book. The book will then be donated to the classroom library. Requests for specific agricultural topics are accepted, contact Jordan English for more information.

Butterflies in the Classroom

This program is very versatile in that many topics can be taught during the activity. Students can learn about metamorphosis, life cycles, food chains, the importance of pollinators, habitat conservation, and more! Classrooms will receive a kit equipped with everything needed for students to raise butterflies from larvae to adults.

Ag in the Classroom

Extension Staff can come and present a hands-on lesson involving all aspects of agriculture from crops, animals, farm to table, dairy, and much more. Just let us know what you are currently teaching and we can accommodate you!

Speedway to Healthy

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Childhood obesity is a widespread issue in the state and the nation, with North Carolina having the 23rd highest rate of childhood obesity. The Speedway to Healthy curriculum was created as a resource to fight childhood obesity and poor health among children in North Carolina. Each lesson provides hands-on, learn-by-doing experiences that enhance learning and heighten the potential for changes in behavior.

Accompanying this curriculum is the Speedway to Healthy Exhibit which is designed with 11 pit stops that engage students in five-minute activities that stress healthy eating and its relationship to good health. Student participation in this exhibit is free.

Programs for K-3

  • Birds
    • Learn all about birds, including: body parts, names for different species, what birds need for survival, bird identification and habitat. All lessons focus on experiential learning and each lesson helps children develop one or more life skills.
  • Clothing
    • Learn about different types of clothing, the clothing of other cultures and how to take care of clothing including laundering and sewing. All lessons focus on experiential learning and each lesson helps children develop one or more life skills.
  • Community Unity
    • Learn all about communities, including what makes them similar or different, how communities function and the importance of community services such as fire, police and hospitals. All lessons focus on teaching children how to become responsible citizens and teaching them life skills.
  • Exploring Farm Animals
    • Learn about animal agriculture and the role animals play in our lives. Lesson topics include types of farm animals, the specific needs of each animal, animal names, identifying animal body parts and their uses, safe behavior around animals, and careers working with animals. Each lesson focuses on experiential learning and incorporates teaching life skills.
  • Glo-Germ Hand Washing Activity
    • Students will learn about proper hygiene using a UV fluorescent potion that will glow under a black light to show how clean your hands are before and after being washed.

Grade Level Specific Programs

Kindergarten

  • Be a Bone Builder
    • A 30 minute lesson that teaches children about calcium and the Be a bone builder logoimportance of including calcium rich food in their diet using My Plate, the importance of engaging in daily physical activity, and how to safely get enough Vitamin D
      • Standard: K.NPA.1 Understand MyPlate as a tool for selecting nutritious foods

First Grade

  • Busy World of Bees
    • Learn about the benefits that bees and other pollinators provide to humans. Children will explore the survival needs of bees, bee life cycle and development and the diversity and differences of bee species. Youth will build a realization that pollinators need our help and we need them! Lessons focus on experiential, hands-on learning.
      • Standard: 1.L.1. Understand characteristics of various environments and behaviors of humans that enable plants and animals to survive
      • Standard: 1.L.2. Summarize the needs of living organisms for energy and growth

Second Grade

  • Embryology:
    • Children have a natural curiosity about living things in the world around Embryology logothem. Building on this curiosity, students can develop an understanding of biology through direct experiences with living things, their life cycles and their habitats. This program also focuses on helping students develop life skills through experiential, hands-on activities.
      • Standard: 2.L.1. Understand animal life cycles
  • Bug Out!
    • A series of insect-based activities which focuses on increasing understanding and appreciation of insects and to reduce fear of insects. Each lesson focuses on experiential, hands-on learning. Students learn about the life cycles of different insects, along with observing insect behavior, growth and development.
      • Standard: 2.L.1 Understand animal life cycles

Third Grade

  • Soil Solutions:
    • A series of hands-on science lessons that utilize the local school Soil Solutions logolandscape to connect students to the world of soils and plants. Students will learn about soil and water relationships, soil and plant growth,seed germination, pollinators and their importance, soil nutrients and composting through experiential, hands-on activities.
      • Standard: 3.L.2. Understand how plants survive in their environments
  • Shoot for the Stars
    • Learn about the major components and patterns observed in the earth/moon/sun system through a series of experiential lessons in the classroom, and also activities for learning at home.
      • Standard: 3.E.1. Recognize the major components and patterns observed in the earth/moon/sun system

Fourth Grade

  • Hive Helpers
    • Through hands-on and engaging activities, students will explore habitat differences, diversity, survival needs and the importance of native bees and other pollinators and the human impact on pollinators.
      • Standard: 4.L.1. Understand the effects of environmental changes, adaptations and behaviors that enable animals (including humans) to survive in changing habitats
    • Magic of Electricity
      • Have you ever wondered why just some of the lights go out, why Magic of electricity logocertain things insulate us from electricity better than others, or the effect of magnetism on various substances? Electricity is everywhere. Through this series of lessons, learn all about electricity through experiential, hands-on activities.
        • Standard: 4.P.3. Recognize that energy takes various forms that may be grouped based on their interaction with matter

Fifth Grade

  • Eco-Wonders
    • Have you ever wondered how clean is the air you breather? How can you turn your waste into something valuable? How does the food you eat and the clothes you wear affect the environment? Eco-Wonders will help you answer some of these questions and many ore, learning about how the environment works and real-world issues trough hands-on investigations and explorations.
      • Standard: 5.L.2. Understand the interdependence of plants and animals with their ecosystem
  • Vermicomposting
    • Students will explore the life of an earthworm through a micro-Vermicomposting logocommunity that contains producers, consumers and decomposers.
    • Students will also learn how to identify ways to reduce the amount of waste in their lives to support a sustainable environment!
      • Standard: 5.L.2. Understand the interdependence of plants and animals with their ecosystem
  • I Am An Ecosystem
    • In this curriculum, students will confront some of the myths and facts surrounding microbes in general and Salmonella in particular. Students will examine where microbes grow in the environment and under what conditions. They will investigate the roles that microbes play in a healthy ecosystem as well as the roles that microbes play in our own bodies through a series of hands-on, experiential lessons.
      • Standard: 5.L.1. Understand how structures and systems of organisms (to include the human body) perform functions necessary for life
      • Standard: 5.L.2. Understand the interdependence of plants and animals with their ecosystem

Middle School

Programs for All Grades (6-8)

 Safety Through Design

Using the scientific method, students will explore safety elements in vehicles fromSafety through design logo a design perspective. Lessons include safety harnesses, flame retardancy, car crash safety, repeatability of color, and designing safety features to protect passengers. Each lesson focuses on the engineering design process through experiential activities.

Teen Cuisine

Teaching teens to cook and choose heathier foods empowers them to make behavior changes that persist into adulthood. Lessons are designed for youth grades 6-12 and use a learner-centered approach, encouraging students to adopt healthy behaviors. Each of the six lessons includes a nutrition, food safety, food preparation, and physical activity component. Kitchen facilities are not required for these lessons, activities can be completed in the classroom.

Grade Level Specific Programs

Sixth Grade

  • Owl Encounters
    • Students will learn about the predatory adaptations, eating habits, characteristics and behavior of owls through participating in an experiential learning activity dissecting owl pellets.
      • L.2. Understand the flow of energy through ecosystems and the responses of populations to the biotic and abiotic factors in their environment.
  • Shoot for the Stars
    • Students will explore the reasons for Earth’s seasons, the phases of the moon, the rotation of the Earth upon its axis and the history of space exploration through hands-on, experiential learning activities.
      • E.1. Understand the earth/moon/sun system and the properties, structures, and predictable motions of celestial bodies in the universe
    • Energy Transformation
      • Explore the effects of energy use in our world using scientificEnergy Transformation logoinquiry. Students will learn about the sources and history of the energy we use and observe how their energy consumption will affect the future. Connecting this understanding to their own lives, students will see that they have the power not only to reduce their parents’ electric bill, but also to improve the health of the Earth.
        • Standard: 6.P.2. Understand the structure, classifications and physical properties of matter
        • Standard: 6.P.3. Understand characteristics of energy transfer and interactions of matter and energy
  • Nutrition & Physical Activity
    • Standard: 6.PCH.3 Analyze measures necessary to protect the environment
    • Standard: 6.NPA.1 Analyze tools such as dietary guidelines and nutrition facts label as they relate to the planning of healthy nutrition and fitness
    • Standard: 6.NPA.2 Create strategies to consume a variety of nutrient-dense foods and beverages and to consume less nutrient-dense foods in moderation
    • Standard: 6.NPA.3 Apply lifelong nutrition and health-related fitness concepts to enhance quality of life

Seventh Grade

  • Exploring the Built Environment
    • Explore architecture in North Carolina, including a look at North Carolina’s Built logoarchitectural past and looking ahead to sustainable design and green building processes to reduce the global impact of the built environment. Each lesson focuses on experiential learning and hands-on activities.
      • G.1. Understand how geography, demographic trends, and environmental conditions shape modern societies and regions
  • Microbes On My Mind
    • As you are reading this you have already come in contact with millions of microbes. In this curriculum, students will discover the role microbes play in our bodies, our ecosystem, and out food. These lessons are designed to encourage curiosity which will allow students to develop an understanding of the relationship between food safety, microbiology, and diseases, as well as the careers associated with microbiology.
      • L.1. Understand the processes, structures, and function of living organisms that enable them to survive, reproduce and carry out the basic functions of life
  • Nutrition & Physical Activity
    • Standard: 7.NPA.1 Apply tools (MyPlate, Nutrition Facts Label) to plan healthy nutrition and fitness
    • Standard: 7.NPA.2 Create strategies to consume a variety of nutrient-dense foods and beverages and to consume less nutrient-dense foods in moderation
    • Standard: 7.NPA.4 Apply lifelong nutrition and health-related fitness concepts to enhance quality of life

Eighth Grade

  • Hydrosphere
    • Take an in-depth exploration into the hydrosphere, including: water chemistry, watersheds, riparian zones, bioindicators, geomorphology, restoration & stewardship through hands on experiments and activities.
      • Standard: E.1. Understand the hydrosphere and the impact of humans on local systems and the effects of the hydrosphere on humans
  • Kitchen Chemistry
    • Explore properties of matter, find out about acids and bases, and discover how everyday items and kitchen ingredients can be used in cool science experiments!
      • Standard: 8.P.1. Understand the properties of matter and changes that occur when matter interacts in an open and closed container
  • Nutrition & Physical Activity
    • Standard: 8.PCH.3 Analyze measures necessary to protect the environment
    • Standard: 8.NPA.1 Apply tools (Body Mass Index) to plan healthy nutrition and fitness
    • Standard: 8.NPA.2 Create strategies to consume a variety of nutrient-dense foods and beverages and to consume less nutrient-dense foods in moderation
    • Standard: 8.NPA.4 Analyze plans for lifelong nutrition and health-related fitness to enhance quality of life

High School (9-12)

CTE: Agriculture & Natural Resources

  • Soil to Seed
    • From the food we eat, to the water we drink, to the places where we live Soil to seed logoand play, soil erosion and sedimentation profoundly affects our everyday lives. Students will explore the principles of erosion and sediment control through hands-on, experiential learning activities.

Biology

  • Microbes: The World Within
    • The unseen world of bacteria, the microscopic kingdom of life, has an enormous impact on our everyday lives. Students explore the distinguishing characteristics of bacteria commonly found in association with humans, investigate microbiomes and mechanisms by which the human body keeps any harmful invaders at bay and explore the importance of public health organizations and surveillance. Students participate in experiential learning and gain experience with several essential lab techniques.
  • From Natural Selection to Classification
    • Explore the process of natural selection and its impact on species over time, then explore the process of classification through hands-on, experiential learning activities.
      • 3.4. Explain the theory of evolution by natural selection as a mechanism for how species change over time
      • 3.5. Analyze how classification systems are developed upon speciation 

Earth & Environmental Science

  • Soil to Seed
    • From the food we eat, to the water we drink, to the places where we live and play, soil erosion and sedimentation profoundly affects our everyday lives. Students will explore the principles of erosion and sediment control through hands-on, experiential learning activities.
      • 2.1 Explain how processes and forces affect the lithosphere
      • 2.2 Understand how human influences impact the lithosphere
      • 2.8 Evaluate human behaviors in terms of how likely they are to ensure the ability to live sustainably on Earth