Individual lessons and curricula on social and emotional skills, healthy living, college readiness, STEM and more.
Civic engagement and leadership
In this curriculum, youth explore their role as participants in a global society and are prepared to thrive in culturally-diverse settings. It is ideal for youth in grades 6-8, but can be adapted for other age groups. It is also effective as a program model.
In this lesson, youth learn about the dimensions of human identity by using props to build a likeness of Martin Luther King Jr. It is ideal for youth in grades 6-8 and is a sample from WeConnect: A Global Youth Citizenship Curriculum.
Environment and earth science
With this learning guide, youth can work independently to look closely at nature and make observations about the world around them. Learn how to record observations, make sketches, and employ senses beyond sight to hear, touch and smell differences in our environment. Ideal for grades 3-8.
With this independent learning guide, youth can work on their own to look at key characteristics of bees and differentiate them from a fly or wasp. They'll learn about native pollinators, focusing specifically on the Rusty Patched Bumble Bee, and they'll explore native plants that benefit the Rusty Patched Bumble Bee and other pollinators. Ideal for grades 3-8.
Expressive arts and communication
In this independent learning guide, youth work on their own to develop experience and skills in the 4-H Shop-Wood and Metal Project area while using reclaimed materials to create their very own clock. Designed for grades 3-8, this project may require adult assistance for younger youth or youth who have never used a drill or hammer.
Family and consumer science
Gardening and agriculture
In this lesson, youth learn about the plant growing process and the benefits of home gardening by planting herb seeds in a hanging greenhouse they make out of a two-liter bottle. Ideal for youth in grades 3-8.
In this lesson, youth explore the importance and impact of technology in agriculture by experiencing a milking simulation, seeing how farming has changed over the last 500 years through short videos and a timeline activity, and designing preliminary solutions for agriculture challenges. Ideal for grades 3-8.
Social and emotional learning (SEL) helps youth to be aware of and manage emotions, work well with others and work hard when faced with challenges. This toolkit includes activities, templates and tools organized around four ways to help support staff and youth in SEL.
In this lesson, youth learn about the chemical reaction between acids and bases by combining citric acid and gelatin in their mouths and by designing their own experiments. Ideal for grades 3-6.
In this lesson, youth gain an introductory understanding of how matter changes from one state to another by exploring the behavior of dry ice through dry ice tricks and making root beer. Ideal for grades 3-8.
In this curriculum, youth explore the concepts of materials; plastics; reuse, recycle, and reduce; and the work of scientists and engineers. The curriculum set covers three grade bands: K-2, 3-5, and 6-8 and aligns with Next Generation Science Standards.
In this lesson, youth learn how matter (solid, liquid, gas) can change form by mixing two common household substances to cause a chemical reaction that creates a third substance. Ideal for grades K-6.
Reviewed in 2021