Chicks and Butterflies From Andrews to Ranger

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Students at Andrews Elementary learn about eggs and the parts of the egg.

For over 100 years, North Carolina 4-H has been connecting the youth in our state to the work of world-class researchers at North Carolina A&T and North Carolina State Universities. We partner with schools, clubs, families, and others across the state to provide experiential learning opportunities and grow the whole child. Our STEM, health, and civic engagement curricula include comprehensive lesson plans, materials, and support to help you educate the next generation of leaders.

North Carolina 4-H is proud to provide educators of all kinds with high-quality, research-based teaching materials. We specialize in translating cutting-edge university research in

  • science,
  • engineering,
  • technology,
  • math,
  • agriculture,
  • health, and
  • civic engagement

into lesson plans and STEM units that feature hands-on, experiential learning and an interdisciplinary approach to real-world problems for elementary, middle, and high school-aged youth. All of our materials:

  • Are designed by content area experts from North Carolina State University and North Carolina A&T State University
  • Undergo a rigorous vetting process, including field tests and revisions
  • Are aligned to North Carolina and National K-12 educational standards
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Candling the eggs to see if they have life. Students get to see the chick as it develops in the egg through this process.

In Cherokee County, 4-H has a long history of partnering with the local schools to provide great 4-H School Enrichment programs to the classrooms across the county. This year is no different. Currently, 4-H has programs at Murphy Elementary, Ranger Elementary Middle, and Andrews Elementary and we are advising Oaks Academy about a future raised bed garden spot. We also partner with Big Brothers, Big Sisters, 21st Century Learning Centers, and Cherokee County After School.

At Murphy Elementary, 4-H has programs currently in the 1st and 2nd grades but earlier in the school year did have programs in the 3rd and 4th grades. All five first grade classrooms are participating in the Busy World of Bees 4-H Curriculum. They are learning the importance of pollinators and our honey bees. In second grade, at Murphy, Ranger, and Andrews we have 10 classrooms participating in the 4-H embryology curriculum, Hatching Classroom Projects, and the butterfly curriculum, Winged Wonders which is teaching life cycles, data collection, . There is only one incubator per school with 12 eggs in each and we are hopefully to have most of them hatch. The butterfly curriculum is a wonderful curriculum and all 10 classrooms have their own caterpillars that will transform into Painted Lady Butterflies. Each classroom has anywhere from 3 to 6 caterpillars and the habitats for them to transform from chrysalis to butterflies in front of the students.

The Winged Wonders 4-H Curriculum meets these standards:

  • Next Generation Science Standards (Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems: 2-LS4-1): Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats.
  • North Carolina Essential Standards (Structures and Functions of Living Organisms:  2.L.1.1) Summarize the life cycle of animals.
  • North Carolina Essential Standards (Structures and Functions of Living Organisms:  2.L.1.2) Compare life cycles of different animals.
  • Common Core State Standards (Research to Build and Present Knowledge, ELA-LITERACY.W.2.7) Participate in shared research and writing projects.

4-H provides these programs at no cost to the schools and the schools get the hands on programs that makes learning fun for the students.

Cherokee County 4-H offers programs to all Cherokee County Schools teachers and width="236" height="313"home school families. Recently, I trained a home school parent in several 4-H school enrichment programs for them to use at home while there students were doing their educational lessons. She reported that they were having a great time getting to do the fun hands on lessons that 4-H school enrichment has to offer.

If you would like to know how to get 4-H School Enrichment into your classroom or into your home school family please contact, Shannon Coleman, or call 828-837-2210 ext. 4.

Some information in this article is from our NC 4-H Curriculum website and was not written by Shannon Coleman. Check out our NC 4-H Curriculum website.