Coffee, Bacon and Butts: 4-H Students Learn About Georgia Counties

The photo shows our Read-to-Lead booth with Clover the Cow, Wilbur the Pig and two 4-H student leaders.

We had a great time at the Read-to-Lead event at the Dade County Public Library! Clover the 4-H Cow and Wilbur the Pig were popular guests in the 4-H booth. The Feed-the-Pig beanbag toss was also a big hit. We would like to thank our special helpers Basil Nakhleh, Ivy Nakhleh and Julian Ramirez de Arellano. They did a great job chasing down apple beanbags, demonstrating cow milking and handing out stickers. Basil is a current 4-H Teen Leader, and Ivy and Julian are soon-to-be-trained Junior Teen Leaders.

The Dade Elementary 3rd graders learned some interesting facts about maps this week. We looked at the counties in Georgia, all 159 of them. We talked about the smallest county, Clarke, which has Athens and the University of Georgia. The kids also noticed many interesting county names like Coffee, Bacon and, of course, the one all elementary school students immediately notice, Butts. I can tell the exact moment when a small group of them see it on the map from the muffled giggles.

The students studied a map of the United States and discussed how Alaska and Hawaii are not really in the southwest corner of the country beside Mexico, that is just where the mapmakers fit them on the page. One student said he could tell that Alaska and Hawaii could not really be beside each other because Alaska is cold and Hawaii is hot. Brilliant!

The Dade County 4-H Gardening Club members spent their time transplanting small plants started from seeds into bigger pots. They also began work on a wheelbarrow wildflower garden. The old, rusty wheelbarrow must be sanded and painted before it’s filled with soil. It will be interesting to see what type of design the club comes up with for this new garden.

The Davis 4th grade 4-H Clubs discussed units of measurement for length, weight and fluid volume. Then they modeled how they could convert from one unit to another. For example, they determined different ways to calculate the number of ounces in a gallon if they know how ounces, cups, pints, quarts and gallons compare to each other. They used adding, multiplying, skip-counting, and even area-modeling to reach the same answer. It all added up to great problem-solving!

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