Communications is a national 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 National 4-H Service Supply. For additional curriculum possibilities, explore the National Directory of 4-H Materials and do a key word search for Communication.
What you can do in this project: engage in non-verbal, verbal and written activities; strengthen your personal communication skills; encrypt codes, write songs and give directions.
Resource: 08156, Picking Up the Pieces
What you can do in this project: learn to become a confident communicator; present oral reasons, plan and present speeches; practice making good first impressions.
Resource: 08157, Putting It Together
What you can do in this project: polish your communication skills; explore communication careers; write résumés and interview for a job.
Resource: 08158, The Perfect Fit
What you can do in this project: explore language and creative expression; stimulate your creativity and self-expression; enrich your joy of book reading.
Resources: COMM01, Creative Wordworking
COMM03, Crazy about Books Reading Circle
What you can do in this project: plan, practice and present an effective speech; gain confidence in public speaking; plan, practice and present an effective demonstration.
Resources: COMM02, 4-H Public Speakers Handbook
COMM06, 4-H Public Speaking Opportunities – A Parent’s Handbook
Resources: 08159, Communication Helper’s Guide
COMM04, Voices From the Past
COMM05, It’s All in the Family
COMM07, Communication Activities for 4-H Clubs
4H500, I’m a 4-H Project Leader. Now What Do I Do?
Want to learn more about Communications? Try the links below.
County 4-H Ambassador Program
Many counties offer Teen Ambassador programs to help promote 4-H. Check out the Ambassador and Advisory Guidebook for common Ambassador roles and responsibilities, profiles of county Ambassador programs, and a number of Ambassador tools. Ambassadors are trained locally and may attend Wisconsin 4-H Youth Conference for further training. The conference, for youth in grades 8-10, is scheduled each June at the UW-Madison campus. Contact your county Extension office for details.
Learning by doing . . . that’s been the 4-H way for 100 years! Dive into these fun Communications activities.
- 4-H Camp Comes to Afterschool: Overview (3 pages, 75 KB) Overview of a series of 4-H Afterschool activities that emphasizes the benefits of friendships made at 4-H camp.
- 4-H Camp Comes to Afterschool: Evaluation (2 pages, 51 KB) Instrument to evaluate the “4-H Camp Comes to Afterschool” series of activities.
- 4-H Camp Comes to Afterschool: Project Box Contents (3 pages, 110 KB) List of lesson plans and materials to complete the four lessons in the “4-H Camp Comes to Afterschool” series.
- 4-H Camp Comes to Afterschool: Listening to Friends (2 pages, 95 KB) 4-H Afterschool activity where youth make an original craft with duct tape to express themselves and share thoughts and ideas with other friends.
- 4-H Camp Comes to Afterschool: Meeting New Friends (3 pages, 97 KB) 4-H Afterschool activity where youth design and make a name tag that tells others about themselves.
- 4-H Camp Comes to Afterschool: Talking with Friends (2 pages, 62 KB) 4-H Afterschool activity where youth learn to both speak and listen in a respectful manner.
- 4-H Camp Comes to Afterschool: Teaming Up with Friends (2 pages, 57 KB) 4-H Afterschool activity where youth complete fun teamwork activities, within both small and large groups.
- Between the Pages: Overview (3 pages, 66 KB) Overview of a series of 4-H Afterschool activities that 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: Box Contents (5 pages, 191 KB) List of lesson plans and materials to complete the six activities in the “Between the Pages” series.
- 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.
- 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) This is a two-part activity plan for a 4-H Afterschool program on communication. In this activity youth in grades 4-5 learn the value of games in our society and how to effectively lead them.
- Listening for Sounds (4 pages, 173 KB) Activity for youth in grades 3-4 to learn the importance of listening.
The county fair . . . what a great time it is! Every summer, families flock to county fairs to see the latest 4-H project exhibits. Exhibiting is a fun and educational way for youth to showcase their project work to judges and to the public. Judging materials are supported by Bill Shaw in memory of his wife, Shirley.
- Application for Registration as a Registered Judge for Wisconsin Fairs (1 page, 20 KB) Form to use if you want to become a registered judge in Wisconsin.
- “Building Bridges” County Fair Exhibit Ideas, Tips for Exhibitors, and Tips for Judges (7 pages, 24 KB)
- “Express Yourself” County Fair Exhibit Ideas (2 pages, 16 KB)
There’s so much more to learn in 4-H Communications. Just follow these links!
Canadian Association of Student Activity Advisors
Concise and helpful information on all aspects of planning and organizing effective speeches and oral presentations.
Great site for resources and information about books and reading.
Comprehensive site for families that’s filled with ideas, activities, communication tips, projects and other informational resources for families.
Tries to help authors develop their writing skills and creativity. A self-help site in which you can study writing techniques, grammar, styles, and other technical elements of writing.
Gorin & Cook, Inc.
Tips, Business Success through Personal Development. Explains how to read your audience to see if you are communicating effectively when speaking.
Great Web Sites for Kids
List produced by the Association for Library Service to Children. Categories include Literature and Languages.
National 4-H Online Communication Project
Visit this site for additional National 4-H Communication Project activities, information and links.
For more information on the 4-H Communications Project, contact the following:
Cooperative Extension Media Collection
This lending library features several resources on communications.
UW-Extension County 4-H Offices
This is your link to a list of Wisconsin County Extension Offices. Select the county of your choice.
UW-Extension State Specialist: Christina Rencontre