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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


Extreme Weather
Earthquakes and Volcanoes
Science Reading Warm-Up 52 for Gr. 5 & 6: Volcanoes
What Causes Severe Storms?
Science Reading Warm-Up 60 for Gr. 5 & 6: Hurricanes
Science Reading Warm-Up 62 for Gr. 3 & 4: Earthquakes
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
The Great White Hurricane
Winter Weather Across America
Beaufort Wind Scale
Retired Hurricane Names
Hurricane Resource: High Winds
More Natural Disaster References

Resources on Floods

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

Tsunami Resources

Frequently Asked Questions about Tsunamis
Dangerous Wave
Reading Warm-Up 76 for Gr. 1 & 2: Current Events
How a Tsunami Occurs
Fact Sheet: Tsunamis
Tsunami! Discussion Guide
More Tsunami Resources

Tornado Resources

Investigate Activity: Making a Model Tornado
Tornadoes and Hurricanes
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
Famous Survivors
Earth Processes: Family Activity
Hurricane Song Discussion Guide
Key Term Review: Earth's Changing Landscape
The Day the World Exploded Teacher's Guide
Readers Companion for Saint Louis Armstrong Beach
More Language Arts Activities on Natural Disasters

Hurricane Resources

How to Prepare for a Hurricane
Storm Trackers
Tracking a Hurricane
How Hurricanes Are Named
Stormy Times: Hurricanes
Family Disaster Plan
Hurricane History
More Hurricane Resources

Resources on Volcanoes

Parts of a Volcano Labeling Worksheet
A Volcano Wordsearch
Volcano Facts
Science and Social Studies: Mountains of Fire
Writing About Volcanoes
What Are Volcanoes?
More Resources on Volcanoes

Earthquake Resources

Earthquake Quiz
Science and Technology: Earthquake!
Disasters – Natural and Unnatural
What Are Earthquakes?
What Are the Different Kinds of Seismic Waves?
What Is the Ring of Fire?
What Are Some Effects of Plate Tectonics?
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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May Calendar of Events
May is full events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: Backyard Games Week (5/18-25), Buy a Musical Instrument Day (5/22), and Memorial Day (5/25). Plus, celebrate Asian-Pacific-American Heritage Month, Inventors Month, Physical Fitness & Sports Month, and Water 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.

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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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