National 4-H Rabbit Curriculum
April 17, 2015
The 4-H publications that follow are available from the National 4-H Curriculum System.
This section of the National 4-H Curriculum Library site linked here provides links to sample activities from the curriculum and links to rabbit-related organizations.
You have many interesting and exciting activities ahead in this series. You’ll learn about rabbit parts, breeds, costs of raising a rabbit, how to care for a rabbit and much, much more. If you don’t have a rabbit, some of the activities will help you decide what kind of rabbit might be best for you. Don’t be afraid to jump right in and don’t give up if the activity doesn’t work right the first time. You’re still learning, right? The most important thing is trying.
- Rabbit 1: What’s Hoppening – Young people will discover how to identify breeds, handle and show rabbits, identify rabbit parts and equipment, recognize a healthy rabbit, read a pedigree and kindle a litter. Grades 3 to 5.
- Rabbit 2: Making Tracks – Young people will learn to recognize body types, judge and show rabbits, tattoo a rabbit, keep records, identify diseases, administer medication, record growth rates and market products. Grades 6 to 8.
- Rabbit 3: All Ears – Young people will learn to develop a breeding program, design a rabbitry, cull based on production, prevent diseases, develop sportsmanship and develop a marketing plan. Grades 9 to 12.
- Rabbit Helper’s Guide – The helper’s guide features group activities and answer keys. The Model Rabbit Pattern is an excellent tool for identifying parts, determining sex, practicing handling, trimming nails and other management practices.