Gor­don County 4-H: 4-H is Back to School!

Calhoun Times - - GORDONLIFE - Al­lie Griner

Schools have been back in ses­sion for nearly a month now, but 4-H is headed back into schools be­gin­ning this month. Start­ing in Septem­ber and con­tin­u­ing through­out the school year, Gor­don County 4-H holds over 70 school club meet­ings each month. Th­ese school club meet­ing are the back­bone of the 4-H pro­gram, with nearly 1,600 stu­dents par­tic­i­pat­ing at the school level last year. Meet­ings are held at each of the pub­lic el­e­men­tary, mid­dle, and high schools in the city and county each month, and ev­ery youth in grades 4-12 in both the city and county school sys­tems have an op­por­tu­nity to take part in 4-H at school each month. Th­ese school club meet­ings pro­vide ed­u­ca­tional stan­dard­s­based lessons in the class­room, uti­liz­ing the re­sources and re­la­tion­ships of Univer­sity of Ge­or­gia Ex­ten­sion to of­fer value-added co-cur­ric­u­lar in­struc­tion. Each of the lessons is full of hands-on in­ter­ac­tive ac­tiv­i­ties to teach ma­te­rial in a fun and en­gag­ing way. School ad­min­is­tra­tors and class­room teach­ers choose the ed­u­ca­tional lessons that 4-H of­fers in their class­rooms and can tai­lor the con­tent di­rectly to their needs.

Be­gin­ning in 4th grade, Gor­don County 4-H comes into the class­room to pro­vide th­ese club meet­ings. This year, 4th graders across the schools will learn about top­ics as var­ied as:

• Weather, us­ing M&M’s to find weather pat­terns and draw a weather map

• Earth sci­ence, cre­at­ing mod­els of the Earth’s ro­ta­tion and rev­o­lu­tion around the sun

• Ecosys­tems, act­ing out the parts of food chains and webs

• Wa­ter, act­ing as a drop of wa­ter trav­el­ing through the wa­ter cy­cle

• Light and sound, cre­at­ing tele­phones from cups us­ing dif­fer­ent ma­te­ri­als to de­tect dif­fer­ences in sound qual­ity

• Force and mo­tion, us­ing bal­anced and un­bal­anced forces to build a cat­a­pult

• Bud­get­ing, dis­tin­guish­ing be­tween needs and wants and tak­ing a money val­ues quiz • Ca­reer ex­plo­ration in: o Ar­chi­tec­ture and con­struc­tion, build­ing a tower of straws, pa­per clips, and rub­ber bands to hold a ball

o Busi­ness man­age­ment and ad­min­is­tra­tion, play­ing a com­mu­ni­ca­tions and de­ci­sion mak­ing game

o Man­u­fac­tur­ing, us­ing an as­sem­bly line process to make origami

o STEM, engi­neer­ing a cat­a­pult to launch a ball at a target

Stu­dents in 5th grade will re­ceive in­struc­tion on:

• Elec­tric­ity, de­sign­ing a cir­cuit and test­ing com­mon ma­te­ri­als to de­ter­mine if they are con­duc­tors

• In­her­ited traits, play­ing a chance game to see how traits are passed from par­ent to off­spring

• Mi­croor­gan­isms, demon­strat­ing how germs spread from one per­son to an­other rapidly • Ca­reer ex­plo­ration in o Fi­nance, play­ing a Bud­get” game

o Mar­ket­ing, play­ing a logo and slo­gan quiz game

o Gov­ern­ment and Pub­lic Ad­min­is­tra­tion, play­ing “Who Ya Gonna Call?” when you need a gov­ern­ment ser­vice

o In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy, do­ing a sim­ple cod­ing ac­tiv­ity to learn about “Bean bi­nary code

Clubs in 6th-12th grade fo­cus more on life skill de­vel­op­ment, in­clud­ing ac­tiv­i­ties that build com­mu­ni­ca­tion, goal set­ting, and team­work. Th­ese grades also have op­por­tu­ni­ties to de­velop lead­er­ship and pub­lic speak­ing skills.

The school club meet­ing sched­ule for each week will be pub­lished on this 4-H News page and the full meet­ing sched­ule for the year is avail­able on the event cal­en­dar on the Gor­don County 4-H web­site. For more in­for­ma­tion about the in-school pro­gram­ming done by Gor­don County 4-H, please con­tact the Gor­don County Ex­ten­sion/4-H Of­fice at 706-629-8685.

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