About the 4-H Weather & Climate Science Project
Do you wonder what causes weather changes or why we have different seasons and climates? Learn all about how to observe and record weather conditions and what weather symbols and terms mean.
Contact the Marion County 4-H office:
Weather & Climate Science Project Resources
You can learn more about weather and climate science by completing one of the project activity guides, based on your grade level:
- Weather and Climate Science Level 1 (Grades 3-5) (PDF Version)
- Weather and Climate Science Level 1 Facilitator’s Guide
- Weather and Climate Science Level 2 (Grades 6-8)
- Weather and Climate Science Level 2 Facilitator’s Guide
- Weather and Climate Science Level 3 (Grades 9-12)
- Weather and Climate Science Level 3 Facilitator’s Guide
Project manuals may also be available to purchase at the Marion County Extension office, and older editions of manuals (if available) are free. Contact us to ask about availability!
Keep track of what you learn using a record sheet:
- Weather and Climate Science Record Sheet
- Weather and Climate Science Independent Study Record Sheet (Advanced)
- Weather and Climate Science Independent Study Record Sheet (Mentoring)
Showcasing What You’ve Learned
You can create a project exhibit to showcase what you’ve learned while working your project. Project exhibits are submitted for judging at the annual Marion County Showcase.
- Weather and climate science exhibit guidelines for 4-H members grades 3-12
- Marion County 4-H poster exhibit guidelines and tips
- A reference list must be included with your poster.
Advancing to the State Fair
- Yes! Weather and climate science projects exhibits from 4-H members grades 3-12 are eligible to advance to the State Fair.
Cloverbuds (Grades K-2)
Pick a weather/climate-related subject that interests you. Learn about it and then create a poster or notebook to teach others about it. Ideas include:
- Defining five words that are “weather” words;
- Describing what to do in case of severe weather conditions
- A weather notebook (or diary) of the weather for 30 days with descriptions of what is different on each of the days
- Describing the effect weather has on the environment
- Conducting a “weather” experiment by creating a tornado in a bottle or making fog and describing why you did the experiment, what you wanted to learn/know, what you did, and what materials you used
- Showing different types of clouds or precipitation
- Making something you can use to measure weather conditions such as a windsock or rain gauge
Cloverbud projects are for exhibition only (not judged), so there are no score cards, and exhibits are not eligible to advance to the State Fair.
More Weather & Climate Science Project Resources
- See Indiana 4-H’s weather and climate science project page for more resources.