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FEMA, American Red Cross, Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This activity lists materials needed (for home and school use) in case of emergency or natural disaster. Following a natural hazard, basic services – electricity, water, gas, telephones – may be cut off for days. Or, you may have to evacuate at a moment’s notice. You probably won’t have time to...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Discovery Education, Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Different types of soil have different capabilities for retaining rainwater. When the soil in an area cannot hold enough rainwater, flooding occurs. Students in this activity measure the amount of water different soil types can handle. Following the activity, students discuss soil and flooding...

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Event-Based Science Project
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Flood! Activity provides Landsat images from NASA to help you find evidence that a river channel has moved over time. During a flood, a river not only overflows, it also becomes more powerful--it carves away its banks at a faster rate, it gouges a deeper channel, and it carries more sediment....

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
UCAR/NCAR Web Weather for Kids, Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Even small thunderstorms are dangerous. Every thunderstorm produces lightning, which kills more people than tornadoes each year. Thunderstorms also cause heavy rain, flash flooding, hail, strong winds and tornadoes. When warm and cold air masses meet, a thunderstorm can grow. In this activity,...

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8
Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Landslides constitute a major geologic hazard. They are widespread, occurring in all 50 states, and cause $1-2 billion in damages and more than 25 fatalities on average each year. Landslides commonly occur with other major natural disasters, such as earthquakes and floods (USGS Learning Web)....

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8
Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Landslides not only are dangerous — causing on average more than 25 deaths and over $1 billion in damages a year — but are also widespread, occurring in all 50 states. Compounding the hazards, these natural disasters often occur along with other similar natural phenomena, such as floods or...

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8
National Weather Service (NWS), Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

El Niño storms have taken thousands of lives and caused billions of dollars in damage in recent decades. Where do these storms come from? Every two to seven years, trade-winds in the Pacific Ocean slow down or reverse their direction — no one is sure why. Normally, the Pacific trade winds blow...

Grade Level: 8, 9, 10
United States National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

How does your school teach students about disasters and disaster preparedness? NIH's K-12 education team recently compiled a list of disaster-related resources for schools and classrooms. The resources are vetted for accuracy and include lesson plans, curriculum, games, and fact sheets. Students...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
National Weather Service (NWS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Information on storm surges (what they are and how they are formed). Tips to be ready for storm surges. Videos. Downloadable PDF guides (English and Spanish).

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Weather Service (NWS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Welcome to JetStream, the National Weather Service Online Weather School. This site is designed to help educators, emergency managers, or anyone interested in learning about weather and weather safety. The information contained in JetStream is arranged by subject, beginning with global and large...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
American Museum of Natural History (AMNH)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Only recently have scientists come to recognize that Bangladesh is positioned at the juncture of several active tectonic plate boundaries. Moreover, it sits atop the world's largest river delta at close to sea level, facing both the risk posed by a quake and secondary risks of tsunamis and...

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8
2006, WGBH Educational Foundation, PBS LearningMedia
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

In this lesson plan, students are introduced to a variety of natural hazards and explore how understanding these threats makes us better able to avoid or reduce their potential harmful impact.

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Destination Education, Inc.
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

Weather affects all our lives; severe weather requires special precautions. A girl provides a lighthearted account of her family's adventure during the spring floods at her rural home. Floods are only one of the many types of severe weather described in this program. LeVar also talks about...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

This NOAA site has downloadable infographics on flood safety.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

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Brooks Coal Mine, Colorado, circa 1905
Classroom Activities
National Park Service (NPS), Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)

In this activity, students will explore their creativity and critical thinking while they imagine a cave environment and create an organism that lives in their cave. Their cave will be one of the types mentioned in the preceding pages, but their organisms will be of their own imagination.

Cave in Carlsbad Caverns
Classroom Activities
National Park Service (NPS), Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)

Caves form through a variety of natural processes depending on their local geology and climate. Flowing lava, melting ice, dissolving rock, and crashing waves are the major processes that form these wondrous environments. In this activity, students will observe a model of how the most common...

Cacti in the Sonoran Desert
Classroom Activities
Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)

In this activity, students study natural features of Mesa Verde and make conclusions about how early inhabitants settled there.

Mauna Ulu on the east rift of Kilauea. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Classroom Activities
Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)

Traditional geologic maps — sometimes crisscrossed with lines, blotted with colors, and marked with strike and dip symbols — have been used to depict the geologic makeup of the Earth for many years. New technologies such as satellite-enabled remote sensing are allowing geoscientists to create...

Topaz Sample
Classroom Activities
Association of American State Geologists (AASG), Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)

With this activity from the Association of American State Geologists, students can use local geologic maps to research types of rock in their area.

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