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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


Earthquakes and Volcanoes
Hurricane Katrina Reading Warm-Up
Science Reading Warm-Up: Earthquakes
Survival Kits
Science Reading Warm-Up: Volcanoes
Science Reading Warm-Up: Hurricanes
More Natural Disaster Printables

Lesson Plans

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


Volcanoes and Earthquakes Quiz
Extreme Weather Quiz


Global Warming: So, What's the Big Deal?
Weather Terms
Beaufort Wind Scale
Winter Weather Across America
Retired Hurricane Names
Hurricane Resource: Storm Surge
The Great White Hurricane
More Natural Disaster References

Resources on Floods

What Is a Tsunami?
Hurricane Basics
River Erosion
Extreme Weather Disasters Quiz
Flooding Safety

Tsunami Resources

Frequently Asked Questions about Tsunamis
2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami Reading Warm-Up
Tsunami! Discussion Guide
Fact Sheet: Tsunamis
Tsunami: How Big Can a Wave Get?
The Day the World Exploded Teacher's Guide
More Tsunami Resources

Tornado Resources

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

Digital Books

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

Language Arts Activities on Natural Disasters

Readers Companion for Saint Louis Armstrong Beach
Earth Processes: Family Activity
Hurricane Song Discussion Guide
Key Term Review: Earth's Changing Landscape
Famous Survivors
New Orleans, La.
Eruption! Volcanoes and the Science of Saving Lives Common Core Discussion & Activity Guide
More Language Arts Activities on Natural Disasters

Hurricane Resources

Tracking a Hurricane
How Hurricanes Are Named
A Classroom Guide for Buddy by M.H. Herlong
How to Prepare for a Hurricane
Storm Trackers
Cyclones Throughout History
Activity: Storm Warning Flags
More Hurricane Resources

Resources on Volcanoes

Parts of a Volcano Labeling Worksheet
Gallery of DK Digital Books for Earth Science
A Volcano Wordsearch
Volcano Facts
Exploding Mountains Word Power
Science and Writing: The Tale of the Sleeping Giant
More Resources on Volcanoes

Earthquake Resources

Disasters – Natural and Unnatural
Earthquake Quiz
Science and Technology: Earthquake!
How Do Earthquakes Cause Damage?
Earthquake Waves
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

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