Natural Disasters

Hurricanes, tsunamis, earthquakes, tornadoes — the world is full of natural hazards. In this BrainPOP movie on such disasters, Tim and Moby teach you about the factors that bring about these events, as well as how much devastation they can cause. You’ll learn about 10 different types of disasters and find out things like how underwater earthquakes cause tsunamis, how underground molten rock forms volcanoes, and how hurricanes pick up speed and strength as they move over warm water. Tim and Moby also tell you the importance of maintaining a family emergency plan, just in case disaster strikes. Are you ready for the next big one?

Natural Disasters Lesson Plan: Making Historical and Global Connections

In this lesson plan, which is adaptable for grades 3-8, students use BrainPOP resources to demonstrate an understanding of local natural disasters from historical, scientific and human impact perspectives. Students will communicate and collaborate with peers from different parts of the world to swap personal, natural disaster experiences. They’ll also create an innovative teaching product/method surrounding a natural disaster that impacts their area and deliver it to their virtual peers, who will reciprocate with products and discussions on natural disasters that impact them. This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards.  See more »

Natural Disasters Lesson Plan: Understanding Geologic and Weather Events

In this lesson plan, which is adaptable for grades 3-8, students use BrainPOP resources to gain a basic understanding of geologic and weather related natural disasters. Students will research one type of natural disaster in depth and present their knowledge orally to peers in a clear, cohesive, and creative fashion. This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards.  See more »

Natural Disasters Lesson Plan: Cause and Effect

In this lesson plan, which is adaptable for grades 3-8, students use BrainPOP resources to identify and explore various types of natural disasters. Students will explain whether natural disasters are weather-related or geology-related. Next, they’ll research a self-selected or teacher-selected natural disaster using BrainPOP resources, and complete a graphic organizer explaining the cause/effect relationships behind the selected disaster. This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards.  See more »
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