April 4-H Club and Activity Resources
Club Officers and Leaders are encouraged to make their club meetings as full of educational content as possible and consider how to incorporate the three mission areas (Leadership and Citizenship, Science and Healthy Living) throughout the year. Below are some helpful resources, topics, activities and more to help you plan your meetings. Feel free to use any of the ideas below during another month as well.
- True Leaders in Service Month and National 4-H Youth Service Day (April 27)
Find out more here: https://4-h.org/get-involved/true-leaders-in-service/ and join us for the Monroe County 4-H Service Day at Karst Farm Park on April 27th. Members, families and volunteers can sign up to be part of the event here: http://bit.ly/4-HService. 4-H Club are also encouraged to help us collect non-perishable items between April 1 and 27th to take to Pantry 279 in Ellettsville. Contact Anna Vincel, our high school intern at email@example.com for more info.
- Volunteer Appreciation Week - April 7-13
Volunteers make Monroe County 4-H possible. Join us in thanking our volunteers during National 4-H Volunteer Appreciation Week! Volunteers are invited to stop by the Extension Office on Monday, April 7th between 8-9:30am or 5:30-7:30pm to grab a treat and a snack!
- Earth Day is April 22
Does your club have a big event coming up? Maybe a fundraiser, open show or community service? Do you want to share something that you club did together? Check out this worksheet that will help you create a social media plan to share your story!
Your club leadership team can use this document to outline what will happen at your next club meeting. The document can be changed to reflect your club's order of business, just e-mail Katie to request the Word Document at firstname.lastname@example.org. This document can also help you build your agenda for your meeting to post ahead of time so your membership will know what to expect.
Mission Area 1: Leadership and Civic Engagement
Leadership is a very important part of a 4-H members experience. Leadership is something that officers get to practice, but other members can practice and learn more about leadership as well. Civic Engagement helps members learn about how to effectively use their leadership skills to make their communities better and get involved in the decision making around them. These activities will help officers and members brush up on and learn new leadership and civic engagement skills.
- Activity: A Good Citizen Is... (page 35) - Participants discuss citizenship and what it means to be a good citizen. They draw a picture of what a good citizen looks like. (30 minutes)
- Activity: Acting with Character (page 46) - Participants are introduced to the widely shared values of trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship, which are qualities important to the development of character. (45 minutes but can be shortened)
- Activity: Shared Values and Symbols (page 51) - Participants explore shared values within the Unites States and identify symbols that represent those values. They then create their own symbols representative American values.
Mission Area 2: Science
You may have heard that S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) is a pretty common topic in education today. Help your 4-H club members generate some science excitement with one of these easy and low-cost experiments. If you aren't sure about leading a science activity, contact Katie (email@example.com) for a club visit. She would love to introduce your club members to any of these experiments.
Earth Day is April 22!
Conserving Water Through Art - learn about the scarcity of water and create a plan to help make a difference. (45 minutes, can be shortened if small activities are eliminated)
Healthy Earth, Sick Earth - Students will learn what they can do to help make the Earth “healthy” and what others are doing that is making the earth “sick.” (30-45 minutes)
Want to look around a site for more Earth Day activities? Try Scholastic: http://teacher.scholastic.com/earth_day/
Mission Area 3: Healthy Living
Part of the 4-H Pledge that we often forget to learn about is Healthy Living. Check out these fun activities as a great way to start learning more about Healthy Living. If you would like some help leading a Healthy Living activity at your club, contact Katie (firstname.lastname@example.org) to see if the Healthy Living Teens as Teachers Team could visit your club meeting to teach something new!
Combine Healthy Living and Community Service by checking out 50 Ways to include Healthy Living in 4-H Service Learning Projects
Livestock Clubs are encouraged to use the activities above just like community clubs so try them out! Here are a couple of other activities that are specific for our 4-H clubs that deal with animals.
A Stomach at Work - This lesson is designed to teach young people about animal digestion. Participants will complete an activity in which they “digest” a slice of bread the way their stomachs would. They’ll also discuss the basic differences in how various species of livestock digest feed. In the interactive lesson, they’ll also learn the importance of acids to the process of digestion. (20-30 minutes)
Mutation Nation - The Influenza – Mutation Nation lesson is designed to encourage participants to practice habits that reduce the chance of contracting the influenza virus and transmitting it to friends and animals as well as habits that avoid the spread of the virus among their animals. This lesson features a hands-on component to help reinforce the idea of how the influenza virus mutates between species and how the virus spreads between individuals of a population. (30 minutes)
Careers: Bridging Human and Animal Health - The Careers – Bridging Human and Animal Health lesson is designed to encourage participant discussion of careers in human and animal health. During this lesson, participants will learn some of the careers important to the One Health concept that recognizes the connection between environmental health, animal health and human health. (30-45 minutes)
Other Helpful Resources
Club Unit Reports - use this to keep track of what your meeting topics were and how many people attended. These are due at the end of the year for 2019.
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