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Hurricanes

Natural Disasters – Teacher Resources

Our teaching resources for natural disasters include printables, activities, and references on hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, volcanoes, and tsunamis. Teach your students the science behind these geological and meteorological events with the diverse resources below. You'll find projects, fact sheets, lessons, and more to keep your students engaged year-round! Discuss disaster plans and safety tips with your students to prepare them for emergencies and keep them safe during severe weather.

Whiteboard Compatible Mini-Lessons

Exploding Mountains Mini-Lesson
Hot Rocks Mini-Lesson
The Restless Air Mini-Lesson
More Mini-Lessons

Printables

Earthquakes and Volcanoes
Hurricanes
Survival Kits
Science Reading Warm-Up 62 for Gr. 3 & 4: Earthquakes
Science Reading Warm-Up 52 for Gr. 5 & 6: Volcanoes
Science Reading Warm-Up 60 for Gr. 5 & 6: Hurricanes
What Are Volcanoes?
More Natural Disaster Printables

Lesson Plans

Build Your Own Volcano
Comparing Martian Dust Storms to Earth's Cyclones

Quizzes

Volcanoes and Earthquakes Quiz
Extreme Weather Quiz

References

Global Warming: So, What's the Big Deal?
Weather Terms
Hurricane Resource: High Winds
Cyclones Throughout History
New Orleans, La.
Winter Weather Across America
Beaufort Wind Scale
More Natural Disaster References

Resources on Floods

What Is a Tsunami?
Hurricane Basics
River Erosion
Extreme Weather Disasters Quiz
Hurricane Resource: Storm Surge
Flooding Safety

Tsunami Resources

Frequently Asked Questions about Tsunamis
Dangerous Wave
Fact Sheet: Tsunamis
How a Tsunami Occurs
Reading Warm-Up 76 for Gr. 1 & 2: Current Events
The Day the World Exploded Teacher's Guide
Tsunami: How Big Can a Wave Get?
More Tsunami Resources

Tornado Resources

Tornadoes and Hurricanes
Investigate Activity: Making a Model Tornado
What Causes Severe Storms?
A Windy Day
Science, Technology, and Society: I'll Huff and I'll Puff

Digital Books

Eyewitness: Natural Disasters
Eyewitness: Hurricane & Tornado
Gallery of DK Digital Books for Earth Science

Language Arts Activities on Natural Disasters

Reading Warm-Up 75 for Gr. 1 & 2: Current Events
Hurricane Song Discussion Guide
Famous Survivors
Readers Companion for Saint Louis Armstrong Beach
Eruption! Volcanoes and the Science of Saving Lives Common Core Discussion & Activity Guide
Tsunami! Discussion Guide
Key Term Review: Earth's Changing Landscape
More Language Arts Activities on Natural Disasters

Hurricane Resources

Tracking a Hurricane
How to Prepare for a Hurricane
Storm Trackers
Activity: Storm Warning Flags
A Classroom Guide for Buddy by M.H. Herlong
Stormy Times: Hurricanes
Retired Hurricane Names
More Hurricane Resources

Resources on Volcanoes

Parts of a Volcano Labeling Worksheet
Volcanoes
A Volcano Wordsearch
Parts of a Volcano
How Are Volcanoes Classified?
Volcano Facts
Gallery of DK Digital Books for Earth Science
More Resources on Volcanoes

Earthquake Resources

Earthquake Quiz
Disasters – Natural and Unnatural
Science and Technology: Earthquake!
Earthquake!
What Are Earthquakes?
Movement of Seismic Waves
How Do Earthquakes Cause Damage?
More Earthquake Resources

More Related Topics

Tsunami Resources
Hurricane Katrina
Helping Students Deal with Crises
Weather Resources for Teachers
Environmental Science Teacher Resources
Oceans – Teacher Resources
Safety Resources for Teachers

Highlights

Children's Choice Book Awards
We love books! Encourage students to vote for their favorite children's book, author, and illustrator of the year at Funbrain and Poptropica. Teens can make their picks too. Read the complete list of nominated books, as well as related activities, and get voting!

April Calendar of Events
April is full events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: April Fool's Day (begins 4/1), Passover (begins sundown 4/3), Easter (4/5), Name Yourself Day (4/9), Encourage a Young Writer Day (4/10), Library Week (4/12-18), Volunteer Week (4/12-18), Holocaust Remembrance Day (begins sundown 4/15), Poison Prevention Week (4/15-21), Earth Day (4/22), Tell a Story Day (4/27), International Jazz Day (4/30). Plus, celebrate Deaf History Month (3/15-4/15), Mathematics Education Month, National Poetry Month, and Youth Sports Safety Month!

Teaching with Comics: Galactic Hot Dogs
Reach reluctant readers and English-language learners with comics! Our original teaching guides to the Galactic Hot Dogs comic series (chapters 1-4 and 5-8), as found on Funbrain.com, will take students on a cosmic adventure while engaging their creative minds. Plus, find even more activities for teaching with comics, featuring many other classic stories.

Poptropica Teaching Guides
Poptropica is one of the Internet's most popular sites for kids—and now it's available as an app for the iPad! It's not just a place to play games; each of the islands featured on the site provides a learning opportunity. Check out our teaching guides to four of Poptropica's islands: 24 Carrot Island, Time Tangled Island, Mystery Train Island, and Mythology Island.

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