Water is a statewide 4-H project. It features curriculum that will guide you through the project. For a copy contact your County 4-H Office or order online at Extension Publications. For additional curriculum possibilities, explore the National Directory of 4-H Materials and do a key word search for Water.
What you can do in this project: identify water conservation and pollution issues; explore issues in your home, community or school; select an issue to focus on; develop and implement a plan.
Resource: 4H855, Give Water A Hand – Action Guide
Want to learn more about Water? Try the links below.
Water Project Training
Many counties hold local training for members and leaders in their favorite project areas, including water. Watch your county 4-H Family newsletter or contact your county Extension office for details.
Wisconsin 4-H and Youth Conference
If you’re in grades 8-10, check out the next Wisconsin 4-H and Youth Conference, scheduled each June at the UW-Madison campus. The conference offers educational seminars in most areas of 4-H. Contact your county Extension office for details.
Learning by doing . . . that’s been the 4-H way for 100 years! Dive into these fun Water activities.
- Catch a Wave: How Waves Are Formed (5 pages, 129 KB) Find out how waves are formed and why some waves are bigger than others.
- Science with Kids, Science by Kids (6 pages, 455 KB) Introduction on teaching science to kids by stimulating their curiosity and provoking wonder through hands-on investigations. Supplement to the “What’s So Special About Water” activity series.
- What’s So Special About Water: Overview (2 pages, 56 KB) Introduction to the “What’s So Special About Water” activity series.
- What’s So Special About Water: Evaluation (6 pages, 85 KB) Instrument to evaluate the “What’s So Special About Water” activity series.
- What’s So Special About Water: Absorption (2 pages, 73 KB) Learn about the cohesive and adhesive properties of water and why water molecules are attracted to each other.
- What’s So Special About Water: It’s Ice, Water, Steam (3 pages, 74 KB) A lesson about water and its different forms. Water is one of the few substances on earth that can be easily found in all three states — solid, liquid and gas.
- What’s So Special About Water: Solubility & Density (2 pages, 68 KB) Have fun discovering and using your critical thinking to determine why water can dissolve some things but not others.
- What’s So Special About Water: Surface Tension (3 pages, 371 KB) Learn about the strong force that holds the surface of liquids together.
There’s so much more to learn in the 4-H Water Project. Just follow these links!
Give Water A Hand
Information on how you can take action in your community to save your water resources.
Go Wild With Wisconsin Wildcards
An activity kit from the Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources that includes more than 250 “trading cards,” featuring some of Wisconsin’s plants, wildlife and special places. Great resource for helping Wisconsinites (of all ages) get to know their state and its natural resource issues.
Great Web Sites for Kids
List produced by the Association for Library Service to Children. Categories include science, weather and the environment.
TEACH Great Lakes
This web site features mini-lessons on many Great Lakes topics. Geared for elementary through high school youth, the modules are continually expanded and updated and include links to a glossary to explain scientific terms and acronyms.
Upham Woods Environmental Education Center
The best way to learn about the environment is to experience it! Upham Woods offers water and fishing activities at its 310-acre site on the Wisconsin River near Wisconsin Dells.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Drinking water and groundwater “kid’s stuff,” featuring games and activities for kids and teachers.
UW-Extension Water Resources Programs
I nformation about water quality and natural resources education programs in Wisconsin.
UW-Madison Steenbock Library Resource Guide: Water Resources
Guide to links for many water-related sites.
Do you know what the water and hydrologic cycles are? Here is your chance to find out! This site is filled with fun and interesting science projects that deal with water.
Wisconsin 4-H STEM
Resources and links to science, engineering, and technology activities.
Wisconsin Drinking Water and Groundwater
Access to Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources and other agencies who are working to keep our ground and drinking water safe.
UW-Extension County 4-H Offices
This is your link to a list of Wisconsin County Extension Offices. Select the county of your choice.