4-H Resources for Educators
Kent County educators... 4-H is for you too!!
4-H has a variety of curriculum, lesson plans and equipment. Teachers and 4-H club leaders use it for FREE!
These resources are also great for homeschool families if you are looking for ways to spice up your youth's education. Contact Kent County MSU Extension 4-H staff for more information (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Below are some examples of programs that we already have established that might be of interest for you to get your class involved in, but dont worry... these are not the only programs we can offer!
4-H Children's Activity at the West Michigan Home & Garden Show
A field trip for grades 1 - 5 is an educational morning with experts. Youth will enjoy an engaging presentation performed by MSU Extension Master Gardener volunteers, followed by an educational scavenger hunt throughout the landscapes in place for the West Michigan Home & Garden Show. The youth will spend an hour learning with volunteers, participating in a hands-on activity (planting seeds, seedlings or related activity), and decorating lunch bags for Kids Food Basket with what they have learned on their trip. This is a fun filled day that receives praises from teachers, volunteers, and youth every year!
School Requirements: School district in Kent County (public or private), provide transportation and requested student data
The 4-H Children's Activity is a partnership between 4-H Youth Development and MSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteers.
Bring a hands-on agricultural experience to your classroom! The 4-H embryology project approaches a variety of hot topics with kid-friendly and hands-on methods. Teachers and school professionals have a broad spectrum of ways to implement egg hatching in classrooms or libraries in their schools to fit required curriculum. The youth participants gain exposure to a segment of agriculture in a manner that forms a bond between the youth and another living thing. Youth also practice life skills, such as responsibility while they care for the eggs during the incubation period and after hatching and planning/organizing, as they plan their incubator schedules for checking temperatures and monitoring moisture. Teachers can leave incubating eggs in the classroom over a weekend's time. We also provide assistance for finding homes for the chickens after they are hatched if needed.
Each kit includes an incubator, egg turner, brooding box, feeder, water dish, heat lamp and curriculum binder. Five kits are available.
School Requirements: $25 refundable deposit, purchase of fertilized eggs (approximately $12 from Townline Poultry), brooding supplies (shavings, chick feed), requested student data
For more than 100 years, 4-H has been at the forefront of teaching young people about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Our hands-on programs empower youth and provide them with opportunities to grown, learn, and become confident kids.
The Kent County MSU Extension program has kits available to share. Each kit is designed for use with up to 10 youth ages 10 and up. We can also provide assistance in using these kits and providing the programming to your students!
School Requirements: School district in Kent County (public or private), some supplemental materials (tape, etc) and requested student data
Looking for something different not listed above? Feel free to contact us and let us know what you are looking for! These are not the only programs we can offer for your students, but just a glimpse at what we can do. For more resources from across the state visit: https://www.canr.msu.edu/virtual-learning-tools/