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Natural Disaster Activities for Elementary

Severe weather, earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis, and blizzards, oh my! Learning about natural disasters is definitely a student favorite every year. And to be honest, it’s just as fun to teach about them! Finding natural disaster activities for the elementary classroom is not always as fun or easy, though.

When I started teaching about natural disasters and other severe weather events, I had a hard time finding texts and activities that were age-appropriate and engaging. Our science textbooks were of little help either, so I did what teachers do and just created what I needed.

Natural Disaster Teaching Units

Each natural disasters unit comes with all the texts, videos, skill pages, and research activities you need for a thorough study.

  • Included in each unit is a 6-page fact booklet. This is your main text to use throughout.
  • Color vocabulary posters and vocabulary graphic organizers are included to increase students’ vocabulary.
  • Watch kid-appropriate natural disaster videos with the included links page and video viewing guide.
  • Combine reading and science with the included skills pages like cause/ effect, sequencing, reading a diagram, etc.
  • Differentiate learning through the included research activity and student project choice board.
  • Most units include a digital version made for use with Google slides to accommodate the digital classroom.
FREE Natural Disaster Worksheets

I know how much teachers LOVE free resources, so I thought I would share a few FREE natural disaster worksheets with you! These pages come from the natural disaster units above, but provide enough information for a quick introduction. Use the included text to learn about each natural disaster and then use the research pages to extend that learning.

Get this natural disaster freebie along with many others in my free resource library here on this website. Sign up here.

If you teach science, you might be interested in these other blog posts!

Teaching the human body systems
Teaching earth’s natural resources
Teaching about pollution
Teaching about storms

Happy teaching!

natural disaster activities for elementary