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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
What Causes Severe Storms?
Earthquakes and Volcanoes
Science Reading Warm-Up 62 for Gr. 3 & 4: Earthquakes
Survival Kits
Storm Trackers
More Natural Disaster Printables

Lesson Plans

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


Extreme Weather Quiz
Volcanoes and Earthquakes Quiz


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

Resources on Floods

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

Tsunami Resources

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

Tornado Resources

Tornadoes and Hurricanes
Investigate Activity: Making a Model Tornado
Science, Technology, and Society: I'll Huff and I'll Puff
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

Science Reading Warm-Up 52 for Gr. 5 & 6: Volcanoes
Reading Warm-Up 75 for Gr. 1 & 2: Current Events
Science Reading Warm-Up 60 for Gr. 5 & 6: Hurricanes
Hurricane Song Discussion Guide
Earth Processes: Family Activity
Key Term Review: Earth's Changing Landscape
New Orleans, La.
More Language Arts Activities on Natural Disasters

Hurricane Resources

Tracking a Hurricane
How to Prepare for a Hurricane
Family Disaster Plan
Hurricane History
How Hurricanes Are Named
Cyclones Throughout History
Readers Companion for Saint Louis Armstrong Beach
More Hurricane Resources

Resources on Volcanoes

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

Earthquake Resources

Disasters – Natural and Unnatural
Earthquake Quiz
Science and Technology: Earthquake!
What Is the Ring of Fire?
What Are Earthquakes?
What Are the Different Kinds of Seismic 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


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!

Do your students love videos? We have a growing collection of videos (including related activities) for holidays and events, including: Earth Day, women's history, Memorial Day, Independence Day, slavery & the Civil War, U.S. Presidents, handwashing awareness, the Common Core, and American History. Enjoy!

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: Tell a Story Day (4/27) and International Jazz Day (4/30). Plus, celebrate 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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