4-H School Enrichment
Elementary and middle school classrooms across Ohio are becoming more and more involved in Science Alive 4-H School Enrichment programs. Guided by Ohio State University Extension personnel, students in the programs develop valuable Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) skills as they participate in a variety of hands-on activities that bring difficult science concepts to life. Science Alive programs, which are designed to enhance existing classroom science units, complement selected National Science Education Standards and Ohio Science Academic Content Standards.
Join a statewide network of classroom teachers who afford their students these wholesome and unique science learning opportunities. Contact your local OSU Extension office for a complete list of the 4-H School Enrichment programs and training opportunities available in your county.
Not an Ohio resident? Books in the Science Alive 4-H School Enrichment series are appreciated by classroom teachers, home schoolers, and after-school care providers all over the country.
This three-lesson curriculum teaches the science, history, and nutrition of bread making since the pilgrims. Youth conclude by making a loaf of colonial bread. Individual youth do NOT need a separate book. Recommended for project helpers or 3rd and 4th grade teachers.
What can we learn from a chick? Find out in this school enrichment programs that challenges youth to use science, engineering, and technology to investigate the life cycle of an embryonic chicken egg. From monitoring living eggs to observing fluffy chicks, these lively activities pique curiosity, encourage collaboration and communication, and provide young scientists with unforgettable experiences. Recommended for project helpers and classroom teachers.
Water, water everywhere, and yet fish get thirsty. Why? Through observation and experimentation, students learn the answer to that question and many others in Fishy Science, a four-lesson curriculum on how fish swim and breathe, their sensory features, and their adaptation to water. units can stand alone or work as a progression. Activities include identifying body parts of fish, enabling a quarter to float, detecting carbon monoxide, exploring how fish breathe, and observing fish for color vision.
Also called Growing Opportunities with Plants!, this five-week, five-lesson unit focuses on a specific part of the plant each week: seeds, roots, stems, leaves, flowers. Lessons are designed to be taught in 60-minute sessions, with the potential to expand to 120 minutes if optional Digging Deeper and Going Beyond activities are conducted. The book includes student-ready worksheets and fact sheets to enrich the classroom experience. Designed with 4th grade science standards in mind, this curriculum is also recommended for project helpers and 3rd to 5th grade teachers.
Recommended for teachers and other group leaders, this popular favorite is now up-to-date and more effective than ever at teaching the concepts of forces and motion via rocketry. The project's exciting conclusion is building and launching 2-liter bottle water rockets. A Rockets Away Student Logbook is required for each student. A bottle-rocket launcher may be availble from your county Extension office.
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Included are activities that focus on what makes the weather and constructing instruments that accurately measure its changes. Provides an opportunity to forecast weather using folklore predictors and a web-based weather forecaster. Group project only. Individual youth do NOT need a separate project book. Recommended for 4th grade teachers or project helpers. Ideal for teaching youth about weather.