Listed below are Activity Plans
pertaining to 4-H Afterschool activities and curricula. For information on how to create Activity Plans,see Designing Great Learning Opportunities for 4-H Youth.
Juried Stand-Alone Activities
- Friendship (3 pages, 138 KB) Activity in which youth in grades 3-4 will learn to interact with others in a group.
- Genealogy – Going to the Source (5 pages, 100 KB) Activity for youth in grades 5 and above to extract family history information from census records.
- Leading Games, Part 1 (7 pages, 84 KB) In this activity youth in grades 4-5 will learn why we use games and how to effectively lead them.
- Leading Games, Part 2 (6 pages, 75 KB) This is a continuation of Leading Games, Part 1. In this activity youth will practice leading games.
- Listening for Sounds (4 pages, 173 KB) Activity for youth in grades 3-4 to learn the importance of listening.
- Makin' Tracks (2 pages, 73 KB) In this activity youth in grades 4 and above will learn to make a plaster cast of an animal track.
- Today I Feel Silly (3 pages, 96 KB) Activity where youth K-2 can identify and express a variety of feelings.
- What's So Special About Water: Absorption (2 pages, 73 KB) In this activity
youth will learn
science skills along with exploring the natural world of water.
Juried Activity Series
4-H Camp Comes to Afterschool - 7 Part Series
Between the Pages - 9 Part Series
- Between the Pages: Overview (3 pages, 66 KB) Overview of a series of 4-H Afterschool activities that will help youth in grades K-2 improve their reading skills.
- Between the Pages: Evaluation (2 pages, 46 KB)
Instrument to evaluate the "Between the Pages" series of activities.
- Between the Pages: Anansi the Spider (3 pages, 72 KB) 4-H Afterschool activity where youth study the Anansi the Spider book and make an Anansi-style spider.
- Between the Pages: Animal Action ABC (2 pages, 64 KB) 4-H Afterschool activity where youth study the Animal Action ABC book then explore fun things to do, including make an animal wire sculpture and play animal relay games.
- Between the Pages: Delightful Dogs (3 pages, 143 KB) 4-H Afterschool activity where youth study Clifford the Big Red Dog book and explore fun things to do, like make edible dog bones, play the Dog Bone game and make cute dog cards out of paper.
- Between the Pages: Honeybees (4 pages, 83 KB) 4-H Afterschool activity where youth study The Bee Tree book and explore fun things to do, including make bee dough sing The Bee Song.
- Between the Pages: I Want a Pet (3 pages, 113 KB)
4-H Afterschool activity where youth study That Pesky Rat and I Want a Pet books and explore fun things to do, including play Pet Charades and make a paper bag pet.
- Between the Pages: Pete's a Pizza (3 pages, 83 KB) 4-H Afterschool activity where youth study the book Pete's a Pizza, then are introduced to the concept of pointillism as they create pizza art on sandpaper.
- Between the Pages: Box Contents (5 pages, 191 KB)
This list contains the lesson plans and materials to complete the six activities in the “Between the Pages” series. Also available as a Microsoft Word document.
Going Buggy . . . With Insects - 8 Part Series
- Going Buggy: Overview (2 pages, 71 KB) Overview of a
series of 4-H Afterschool activities on "Going Buggy . .
. With Insects," including building a bug, taking a feeding
hike, and doing a bug walk.
Buggy: Evaluation (3 pages, 72 KB) Instrument to evaluate
the "Going Buggy . . . With Insects" series of 4-H Afterschool
- Going Buggy: Bug Walk (2 pages, 87 KB) Youth learn that many insects walk
by using their legs to create "alternating triangles."
Includes observing insect specimens with scopes and performing
a "bug walk."
- Going Buggy: Hungry as a Caterpillar (2 pages, 92 KB) Youth learn that
insects grow and develop as do all living things.
Includes a feeding hike to see what caterpillars and other insects eat.
- Going Buggy: I Spy, Describing Insects (2 pages, 76 KB) Youth identify
physical and behavioral characteristics of insects. Includes building
a cricket house and observing crickets.
- Going Buggy: Lupine and Butterflies (2 pages, 118 KB) Youth are introduced
to the concept that living things grow and develop. Includes studying
the life cycle of a butterfly and creating a butterfly.
- Going Buggy: Three Body Parts (2 pages, 65 KB) Youth name the three body
parts common to all insects. Includes singing the bug body song
and making a model of an insect.
- Going Buggy: Box Contents (3 pages, 131 KB)
This list contains the lesson plans and materials to complete the five activities in the “Going Buggy” series. Also available as a Microsoft Word document.
Hiking and Backpacking - 4 Part Series
- Hiking Series - Gearing Up! (4 pages, 108 KB)
Learn how to identify and select the proper gear or equipment for a healthy, safe, and successful hiking or backpacking trip.
- Hiking Series - Leave No Trace (9 pages, 252 KB)
Learn the seven principles of Leave No Trace (LNT), which promotes and inspires responsible hiking, backpacking, and other outdoor recreation activities.
- Hiking Series - Planning Your Trek (7 pages, 108 KB)
Learn how to plan, organize, and lead a day hike or backpacking trip.
- Hiking Series - Survival Skills (13 pages, 205 KB)
Learn the seven basic surival needs of our bodies; discover the materials that will help us meet these needs to survive emergency situations, especially when hiking and backpacking.
It's a Small World - 7 Part Series
- It's a Small World: Overview (2 pages, 95 KB) Introduction to the It's a Small World activity series. Through books, games, food and activities, learners will explore various aspects of the world’s cultures.
- It's a Small World: Evaluation Tool (1 page, 43 KB) A suggested instrument to evaluate activities in the It's a Small World series.
- It's a Small World: American Indian (2 pages, 73 KB) Activity for youth in grade 3 to help them understand how American Indians prepared and used natural materials.
- It's a Small World: China (2 pages, 123 KB) In this activity youth celebrate a traditional Chinese festival with food and decorations that they have made.
- It's a Small World: Guatemala (3 pages, 86 KB) Youth explore the differences and similarities between Guatemalan culture and their own, as they explore the Spanish language and make a Guatemalan "Worry Doll."
- It's a Small World: South Africa (2 pages, 179 KB) In this activity youth make two craft projects related to South Africa and experience a folk story representative of the nation.
- It's a Small World: Box Contents (4 pages, 149 KB)
This list contains the lesson plans and materials to complete the four activities in the “It’s a Small World” series. Also available as a Microsoft Word document.
District Activity Series
County 4-H staff used UW-Extension's Northeast District Resource Management Funds to hire a writer to adapt existing 4-H project materials into a 4-H activity template that was created by the 4-H Curriculum Team. Although these activities were developed before the Wisconsin 4-H Curriculum Review process was in place, the original sources of these activities have all passed the National 4-H Curriculum Jury. Permission to adapt has been gained from the original source. The intent of the project was to provide 4-H staff with model teaching kits on how to adapt existing 4-H project materials for use in Afterschool settings. However, 4-H staff found that these activities also worked in 4-H community clubs, at summer day camps and with 4-H project groups.
Aerospace - 5 Part Series
- Family Flyers (4 pages, 43 KB) Build and test fly paper airplanes.
- From Nose to Tail (5 pages, 385 KB) Identify the functions of the basic parts of an airplane.
- Rippin Rockets (2 pages, 54 KB) Build a drinking straw and balloon rocket.
- Rockets Away (2 pages, 64 KB) Construct and test fly a drinking straw rocket.
- Round and Round (3 pages, 43 KB) Make and test fly a paper helicopter.
Clothing - 6 Part Series
- Bag It! (2 pages, 142 KB) Hand stitch a bean bag animal.
- Collage Banner (1 page, 45 KB) Sew and decorate a banner.
- Holes and More Holes (2 pages, 42 KB) Test fabric with sandpaper.
- License to Drive (3 pages, 62 KB) Use a sewing machine to stitch a pattern on a paper template.
- Puppet Party (2 pages, 134 KB) Use a sewing machine to make a puppet.
- Stitch It! (4 pages, 308 KB) Use yarn and tapestry needle to sew basic stitches on to pattern cards.
Electricity - 5 Part Series
Natural Science - 5 Part Series
- Life In The Sidewalk Cracks (1 page, 36 KB) Compare plant and animal life in different habitats.
- Orienteering (4 pages, 136 KB) Use a compass to navigate a course.
- Pop Can Casting (2 pages, 45 KB) Make a pop can casting rig and conduct a casting contest.
- Quick Frozen Critters (1 page, 39 KB) An active version of freeze tag based on predator/prey relationships.
- Whatta Web (7 pages, 201 KB) Simulate animal food chains in a game environment.
Plant Science - 3 Part Series
- A Balancing Act (8 pages, 64 KB) Youth role play vegetables and weeds competing for nutrients.
- From The Ground Up (2 pages, 48 KB) Youth observe how plants respond to gravity and sunlight.
- Skin Deep (2 pages, 43 KB) Youth explore how to protect their skin while applying pesticides.
Theatre Arts - 4 Part Series