This unit investigates both the benefits and the dangers of mold or mold-based products. By completing the activities in each of the five lessons, youth (grades 5-8) will examine the positive and negative attributes of mold, the conditions that promote mold growth, and how growth can cause illness. They will also learn methods used to deal with mold growth in the home. This 58-page curriculum was written by Jessica Kochert and Joy Jordan, and published by the UF Department of 4-H Youth Development, March 2011.
These online record books familiarize youth with the importance of record keeping as an integral part of project management. By tracking inventory, financial records associated with their project, rabbit health and grooming details, and related information, youth will be well prepared to relate their experiences in a written narrative as part of their project completion activities. Written by Joy Jordan, Loretta Rodriguez, Jessica Kochert, Bill Heltemes, Chris Decubellis, and Renée Gore, and published by the UF Department of 4-H Youth Development, March 2011.
Forensics is a hot topic, with many movies and popular television shows (such as “CSI”) introducing youth to the tools, processes, and critical thinking skills needed to solve various crimes. Within this world, insects have a growing presence. The field of forensic entomology focuses on the information that insects provide investigators about the time, location, and criminal negligence within a wide variety of criminal cases. This curriculum is a tool for teaching youth grades 6–8 about the contributions that insects make to the world of forensics. This three-week series of lesson activities is designed for use in after-school programs, summer day camps, and 4-H clubs. However, this package also includes the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards for teachers within formal classroom settings. It was written by Erika Andersen and Russell Mizell with Jessica Kochert and Joy Jordan, and published by the UF Department of 4-H Youth Development, January 2011.
4HWLM20, a 68-page illustrated project book by Loretta Rodriguez, Jessica Kochert, Joy Jordan, Christina Packard, and Mark Hostetler, helps youth aged 11-13 become careful and knowledgeable observers of bluebirds and other cavity-nesting birds. Youth will learn to create a habitat that promotes the health and safety of local cavity-nesting birds. Finally, the project guides youth to explore and learn about bluebird monitoring and data collecting programs. Includes references. Published by the Florida 4-H Youth Development Program, January 2010.
4HWLL30, a 40-page illustrated guide by Loretta Rodriguez, Jessica Kochert, Joy Jordan, Christina Packard, and Mark Hostetler, provides group leaders additional information and group activities to support a bluebird project (4HWLM20). The guide includes ready-to-use skill-a-thon resource materials and facilitator tips for each activity. Includes references. Published by the Florida 4-H Youth Development Program, January 2010.
FCS-2287, a 7-page fact sheet by Heidi Liss Radunovich and Jessica L. Kochert, discusses what autistic spectrum disorders (ASDs) are, issues and symptoms, and factors to be considered for a classroom setting that will meet the needs of children with ASDs. Includes resource list and references. Published by the UF Department of Family Youth and Community Sciences, August 2008.