4-H Weather and Climate Youth Learning Lab
A Hands-On Learning Experience for Elementary School Students
(approximately grades 3-5)
Weather and climate influence every aspect of life. The goal of this project is to study the world of weather and climate, and specifically how they are influenced by natural processes and human activities. While the materials in this lab are written for the four states of Colorado, Montana, South Dakota and Wyoming, it can be applied in any state or region. After completing the hands-on experiments and activities, participants will have a better understanding of natural forces and human impacts.
In this Learning Lab, participants are guided as they explore data, patterns, extremes, and forecasts or predictions to better understand weather and climate connections. Based on the four-state region of focus, and its role in supplying water for agriculture, energy, industry and human consumption, particular attention is given to precipitation. Because of high social, economic, and environmental importance of precipitation patterns across these regions, present and future residents will need—and need to understand—climate and weather observations and projections.
This research-based Learning Lab has been evaluated by the
National 4-H Council and has been awarded national peer-reviewed status.
Download the Leaders Guide from the Shop 4-H.
Each of the nine activities show a content skill, the 4-H Life Skills, and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and the Climate Literacy Framework associated with the topic.
- Weather Data
- Weather and Climate Patterns
- Weather and Climate Extremes
- Weather Forecasts
- CO2, Greenhouse Impacts and Climate
- Understanding Recent Climates Through Tree Rings
- Oceans, Ice and Modeling Climate
- Where Does the Carbon Go?
- Weather and Climate Together, Now and in the Future
The following states have Learning Labs—reserve one today!
Colorado: 719.686.7961 |
Montana: 406.994.3501 |
Nebraska: 402.441.7180 |
North Dakota: 701-231-6184 |
South Dakota: 605.782.3290 |
Download the 4-H Weather and Climate Youth Learning Lab Leader's Guide
Use this editable form to get feedback on the Learning Lab activities (Click here for form in HTML.)
The USDA, Agricultural Research Service’s Climate Hub Program in Fort Collins, Colorado, provided funding to South Dakota State University for this project through a Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement.