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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

Printables

Earthquakes and Volcanoes
Science Reading Warm-Up: Earthquakes
Hurricanes
Survival Kits
Extreme Weather
Science Reading Warm-Up: Volcanoes
What Is the Ring of Fire?
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
Winter Weather Across America
Hurricane Resource: High Winds
Hurricane Resource: Storm Surge
Hurricane History
Cyclones Throughout History
More Natural Disaster References

Resources on Floods

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

Tsunami Resources

Frequently Asked Questions about Tsunamis
How a Tsunami Occurs
Fact Sheet: Tsunamis
2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami Reading Warm-Up
Tsunami! Discussion Guide
Dangerous Wave
Tsunami: How Big Can a Wave Get?
More Tsunami Resources

Tornado Resources

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

Hurricane Katrina Reading Warm-Up
Science Reading Warm-Up: Hurricanes
Famous Survivors
Earth Processes: Family Activity
Hurricane Song Discussion Guide
New Orleans, La.
Key Term Review: Earth's Changing Landscape
More Language Arts Activities on Natural Disasters

Hurricane Resources

Storm Trackers
How Hurricanes Are Named
Tracking a Hurricane
Stormy Times: Hurricanes
How to Prepare for a Hurricane
Beaufort Wind Scale
Retired Hurricane Names
More Hurricane Resources

Resources on Volcanoes

Parts of a Volcano Labeling Worksheet
A Volcano Wordsearch
Gallery of DK Digital Books for Earth Science
Volcanoes
Volcano Facts
Thick and Thin Lava
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!
Earthquakes
Earthquake Waves
What Are the Different Kinds of Seismic Waves?
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

Highlights

Teaching Racism & Discrimination in America
The issues of racism, prejudice, and discrimination have plagued the United States since it was founded, and racially motivated killings still occur with frequency today. Help your students understand the historical contexts of racism—with references on slavery, immigration, and the civil rights movement—to frame your conversation on modern instances of prejudice.

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.

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 (and now in print!), 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.

July Calendar of Events
July is full events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: Canada Day (7/1), Independence Day (7/4/1776), World Population Day (7/11), Bastille Day in France (7/14), National Ice Cream Day (7/19), First Moon Landing (7/20/1969), World War I Began (7/28/1914), Author J.K. Rowling's Birthday (7/31/1965). Plus, celebrate Read an Almanac Month and Recreation and Parks Month all July long!

Videos
Interested in using different types of media in your classroom? We have a growing collection of videos, with related activities, for holidays and events, including: Independence Day, slavery & the Civil War, American History, U.S. Presidents, handwashing awareness, the Common Core, women's history, Memorial Day, and the environment. Enjoy!

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