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.

Communications 1
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.
Grades: 3-5
Resource: 08156, Picking Up the Pieces

Communications 2
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.
Grades: 6-8
Resource: 08157, Putting It Together

Communications 3
What you can do in this project: polish your communication skills; explore communication careers; write résumés and interview for a job.
Grades: 9-12
Resource: 08158, The Perfect Fit

Creative Writing
What you can do in this project: explore language and creative expression; stimulate your creativity and self-expression; enrich your joy of book reading.
Grades: 3-12
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.
Grades: 3-12
Resources: COMM02, 4-H Public Speakers Handbook
COMM06, 4-H Public Speaking Opportunities – A Parent’s Handbook

Communications Leader
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.


Activity Plans

Learning by doing . . . that’s been the 4-H way for 100 years! Dive into these fun Communications activities.

County Fair

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.


Related Links

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.

Children’s Books
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.

Fiction Writing
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.


Project Support

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