Education Kit Loan Library

The following are available for check out.  These kits can be checked out by 4-H Leaders or teachers from 4-H Member Schools.  Kits are available for pick up at one of two locations or by contacting Courtney Lobo (email)  

Portland 4-H Office
3880 SE 8th Ave
Suite 160
Portland, OR 97202

Check out the Education Kits here

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Plants

Plants 

Kit 

Summary 

Available 

 

Balloon Plants

(1 lesson or more) 

Grades:   2-8

Time:    30-45 minutes

Students work in teams to explore what plants need to grow. They fill balloons with potting soil, seeds, water and carbon dioxide and watch as the seeds sprout and grow inside the balloons over 1-2 weeks.  As part of the experiment eachstudent will change one variable in their seed balloon to see how it affects their seeds' growth in comparison to the class's balloon that acts as the control.

Yes

 

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Leaf Litter Search

Grades: K-6+

Time: 30-45 minutes

Students explore and identify small insects that often go unnoticed in leaf litter. Tiny beetle larvae and springtails can be found along with pill bugs, millipedes, centipedes, and more!

Yes

Plant People

Grades: 3-6 

Time: 60 minutes

This activity is designed to help youth understand that plants have basic needs for life, just like people and animals do. Students will learn about xylem and phloem  and how water flows through plants by watching food-coloring flow through celery. Students will then make their very own plant person to take home and watch grow!

Yes

 

Mold Terrarium

Grades: 4-8

Time: 40 minutes

After a short introductory game explaining the role of fungi as decomposers, students will create their own mold terrariums (using common food items, water, and yeast). They will let these grow in a dark place for a week, and return to see the results!

Yes

Protection from Cornell 4-H. 

Grades: 3-5

Time: 40 minutes

These lessons introduce the idea of protection.  Protection is an important concept to plants.  Like people, plants use different materials, some soft and some hard, to protect against invitation of being eaten, from air that dries things out, or from fire. 

Yes

Structure: Strong Stems and Broad Leaves from Cornell  4-H.

Grades: 3-5

Time: 45 minutes

These activities show that some plant shapes are stronger than others. The shapes of plant parts are important; in some cases, the rigidity inherent in their shape keeps plants standing up.

Yes

 

Erosion: Hold it Together with Turf from Cornell 4-H.

Grades: 3-5

Time: 45 minutes

These activities introduce erosion, the wearing away of soil by wind, water or ice. Erosion is an important concern with respect to our environment

Yes

Warming and Cooling from Cornell 4-H.

Grades: 3-5

Time: 45 minutes

 

Yes

Native Plant Flashcards

Grades: 3-8

Students learn how to identify native Oregon plants based on the habitat they are growing in.

Yes

Garden Habitats

Grades: 1-8

Time: 60 minutes

Students will be introduced to the key services that a diverse garden provides to it inhabitants and will be able to explore their gardens in search of its inhabitants.

Yes

 

Soil Science & Seed Starting

Contains everything you need to help get your soil ready for adding the necessary amendments and planting. This kit contains a weather watch station, soil testing kit, a pot maker, and more!

Yes

Garden Terrarium

Grades: 3-8

Time: 60 minutes

Students will understand the water cycle, identify soil layers and the soil particles that make up soil texture, understand the type of environment living things need to survive and demonstrate different ways of propagating plants (seed, cuttings, etc.)

Yes

Insects

Insects

Kit 

Summary 

Available 

 

Bug Catcher      (1 lesson or more) 

Grades: 1-5

Time: 30-45 minutes

Students make bug-catching devices out of coffee cups that act like mini vacuums. These bug catchers will help them in their exploration of insects.

Yes

 

 

 

Camoflies

Grades: 1-5

Time: 30-45 minutes

 

Students make picture frames with colorful, patterned fabric and card stock. They then color pictures of insects to blend in with the background fabric in the picture frame. These can be taken home to hang on the fridge as a reminder of camouflage!

Yes

Bee Buzzer

Grades: 1-6 

Time: 30 minutes

Students will have the opportunity to explore the world of sound through creating thier very own "Bee Buzzer" with everyday objects

 

Yes

 

Garden Grubs

Grades: 1-5

Time: 30 minutes

After a short introductory game explaining the role of fungi as decomposers, students will create their own mold terrariums (using common food items, water, and yeast). They will let these grow in a dark place for a week, and return to see the results!

Yes

Insect Life Cylcle

Grades: 1-5

Time: 30 minutes

Youth use pasta to illustrate the adult, egg, larval, and pupal stages of an insect's life cycle.

 

Clothespin Flies

Grades: 1-5

Time: 30 minutes

Students can create their own winged insect to use for exploration, and play.

 

Wildlife Kits

Wildlife

Kit 

Summary 

Available 

 

Bird Olympics 

Grades:   3-8

Time: 30-45 minutes

Bird Olympics is a great outdoor activity with a primary focus to teach students about bird adaptations. Students compare their own physical attributes and skills with that of birds to understand the magnitude of modifications by adaptation within bird species.

Yes

 

 

 

Bird Beaks

Grades: 4-8

Time: 45 minutes

In this activity, students pretend to be different species of birds with different varieties of beaks (spoons, chopsticks, or tweezers, etc) and compete over limited sources of food (glass marbles, pennies, or toothpicks, etc). Students experience natural selection firsthand and learn the value of bird adaptations.

Yes

Bird Feeders

Grades: K-5

Time: 30 minutes

Students make two kinds of bird feeders for attracting birds both at home and at school. Feeders give students a hands-on knowledge of ways humans can aid in the protection of birds, while feeding them and observing them at the same time.

Yes

 

Jays and Juncos

Grades: 4-8

Time: 30 minutes

In this activity, students will play the role of Jays and Juncos, searching for seeds or hiding them from their competition!

Yes

Robin Takes a Catepillar

Grades:4-8

Time: 25 minutes

This is an activity designed to intorduce concepts fo nutrient recycling. In this game, natures' cylcels are recognized and identified as important for the survival of plants

Yes

Web of Life

Grades: 3-8

Time: 40 minutes

Students will explore the wonderous world of how species rely on eachother for life through this interactive learning activity game.

Yes

How Many Bears Live in a Forest?

Grades: 3-8

Time: 45 minutes

Students will identify how some animals gather and store food, defend themselves, and find shelter.

Yes

Habitat Match and Whatta Web

Grades: 3-5

Time: 45 minutes

Students will have the opportunity to better understand the interconnection between habitats and species in thie active learning game.

Yes

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