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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
Science Reading Warm-Up: Earthquakes
Science Reading Warm-Up: Volcanoes
Hurricane Katrina Reading Warm-Up
Survival Kits
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?
Winter Weather Across America
Hurricane Resource: High Winds
Weather Terms
Beaufort Wind Scale
Retired Hurricane Names
The Great White Hurricane
More Natural Disaster References

Resources on Floods

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

Tsunami Resources

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

Tornado Resources

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

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

Hurricane Resources

Tracking a Hurricane
Storm Trackers
Activity: Storm Warning Flags
Family Disaster Plan
How Hurricanes Are Named
Hurricane History
Cyclones Throughout History
More Hurricane Resources

Resources on Volcanoes

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

Earthquake Resources

Science and Technology: Earthquake!
Earthquake Quiz
Disasters – Natural and Unnatural
What Is the Ring of Fire?
What Are the Different Kinds of Seismic Waves?
Science, Technology and Society: Quake Meters
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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