Natural Disaster Themed Unit Studies and Free Resources

October 3, 2013

Sarah Shelton

Sarah Shelton

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My husband is a Paramedic and has had the opportunity to administer aid and travel to Haiti after the big earthquake and to Joplin, MO after the HUGE tornado that destroyed the entire town. Our family has packed aid backpacks, books and toys for children at shelters and our living room has been overflowed with medical supplies to be sorted and delivered. Anytime a natural disaster hits, we watch the news and our hearts break for those that have lost their family members and their belongings. The questions always come about the whys and hows of storms.

I have put together a big list of Resources and Science Projects to make your own unit studies on the different natural disasters. I also want to encourage you to speak to your children about the recent ones that have happened, encourage them to pray for the families that are effected, show them the cities and countries on a map and continue to pray for those people who are still trying to rebuild their lives as you study about each disaster. 

Earthquakes and Tsunamis:
The Science of Earthquakes and Tsunamis broken down by grade level
Earthquake Science Online Quiz and Diagram
The Science of Earthquakes Article and Pictures
All About Plate Tectonics
Earthquakes for Kids Website with Games and Activities
Earthquake Lesson on Squidoo Lots of Activities
Earthquake USGS Website
Earthquake Preparedness
Tracking Earthquakes Around the World Grade 6-12 Lesson Plans
Plate Movement Earthquake Activity
Tsunami Science Chart 
Tsunami Science Worksheet
Tsunami Experiments for Kids
Tsunami Demonstration with 2 liter bottle
Discovery Education Tsunami Lesson Plans
Tsunami Government Website
How Tsunamis are Formed Diagram

Hurricanes and Tornadoes:
Hurricane Science Worksheet
Hurricane Fill in the Blank Worksheet
Deadliest and Costliest Hurricanes Infographic
TONS of Printables and Worksheets all about Hurricanes
How to Prepare for a Hurricane
Hurricane Preparedness and Information
How to Make Your Own Hurricane
National Geographic the Eye of the Hurricane
Hurricane Storm Science Website
Tornado Science Worksheet
How Tornadoes Form Diagram
Tornado Fill in the Blank Worksheet
What NOT to do if you are caught in a Tornado!
Tornado Facts
Tornado Preparedness
Tornado in a Jar Science Experiment
Five Ways to Explore Air and Wind Through Experiments

Here are some Emergency Preparation Printables:
Emergency Preparedness Checklist Printable
Download a Free Family Communication Plan for Children
How to Build a Basic Disaster Supply Kit
TONS of Printable Checklists for Specific Disasters

Here are some fun books and items to use with your studies:

Tornado Tube Was $9.30 Now $5.15!

Carson Dellosa Science: Extreme Climates and Weather Bulletin Board Set $11.99

Tsunamis: Earth Science $6.25

Magic Tree House Fact Tracker #15 Tsunamis and Other Natural Disasters$5.39

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