Natural Disasters Worksheets and Hands-On Activity Ideas
Our Natural Disasters Packet has notebook pages and worksheets as well as some hands-on activity ideas covering the following events:
- Hurricane, cyclone, typhoon
- Heat Wave
In this packet you’ll find one page on each of these events. Often, natural disasters occur because of geologic changes or extreme weather conditions. Students explore the cause of each of these events. They also find out what damage results and examines the effect these disasters have on people, property, and infrastructure. Students fill in their own information about each natural disaster, what causes it, and give an example of a recent event and what effect it had on the community.
A number of years ago, we did some fun hands-on activities to help the kids understand what natural disasters are and why they can be so devastating. These activities are buried deep in our blog, though, and I thought I would share some of them with you again today! They are also in the Natural Disasters Packet above.
These are activities we did when the kids were about PreK and early elementary:
Mudslide: We mixed sand and cornstarch and covered a butter container container. Then we made it “rain” for a period of time to see what happened!
Hurricane Activity: The kids built paper houses out of index cards and tape. We took a straw to show what effect wind would have on our house. It fell down. So, then I let the kids reinforce their house with MORE tape! The second time round, the house withstood 1 straw. So then we added a second straw and tried again. The houses fell down and couldn’t withstand the stronger winds.
At the time, we watched the National Geographic you-tube video on hurricanes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9VpwmtnOZc
Tsunami Activity: The kids recreated a tsunami. In a flat class pan, the kids built a sandy beach (with sand and corn flour). They also made some index card houses. I first had them try hitting the picnic table with a bat, but that didn’t create strong enough waves. So then, I had LD give the table a good shake a couple of times. With that, the tsunami struck full force!
Tsunamis are generally caused by an underwater earthquake, landslide, or volcanic eruption.
Natural Disasters Lapbook: You can use the interactive notebook pieces provided in this packet to create your own lapbook.
There are a couple of natural disaster worksheets as well (one is a matching page, the other is blank so the kids can write in the answer):
We watched Raging Planet (affiliate link) along with this unit. My kids really enjoyed this documentary. Disc 1 covered lightning, tornado, floods, hurricanes. Disc 2 covered avalanche, volcano, sea storms, blizzards.
Here’s Amazon’s description: revealing the speed of a twister, the power of a hurricane, the lethal force of a lightning bolt, the instant devastation of a flood, or the explosive punch of a volcano. Feel what it’s like to be inside a house when a storm rips the roof off, when a cloud of volcanic ash overtakes you, or what a street sign picked up by a tornado would do to your car window. This is Nature at it s wildest and most furious.
Recently, I added in some new interactive notebook pages and blank notebook pages. My kids are actually using these for their foreign language practice (writing sentences to describe the pictures). 🙂 Hope it’s helpful for you too!
This packet now comes with our Clouds, Winds & Weather Packet. See more details about that here.
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Feel free to email me if you have any questions! ~Liesl
Floods, mudslides, tsunami, hurricanes, blizzards, drought, wildfires – This packet does not cover earthquakes, volcanoes, plate movement or the ring of fire because we covered that in great detail in our Earth Science Packet. More details of the Natural Disaster Packet here. image 1, image 2
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$4.50 Where I Live Activity Packet – My galaxy, solar system, planet, continent, country, state, town, and home! Note: This packet has versions for students living in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Australia and New Zealand. – Quick Preview or visit post or view image
Here is more about our Earth Science Unit!
This 100+ page Earth Science Packet (now well over 100 pages actually because we recently added new materials on plate tectonics and more!) includes worksheets about the solar system, the layers of the Earth, plate tectonics, the ring of fire, earthquake activity and volcanoes. I also included instructions for more than a dozen hands-on activities we did with this unit. This includes activities about plate tectonics, Pangaea, using a compass, earthquakes, volcanoes, instructions on how to make a shake table and more!
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Earth Science Unit: In this unit, we talked about the layers of the Earth, latitude & longitude, tectonic plate movement (and did a couple of great hands-on activities related to that), earthquakes (we made an earthquake shake table), mountain making, volcanoes (we did a couple of fun hands-on activities) and more
You might also be interested in our Place Value Materials and Pirate Math Packet. This post also has a video that explains how we did our place value activities.
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