K-12 Flood Education Resources

Welcome! This site is dedicated to flood education for kids and we want to share it. The Association of State Floodplain Managers, through generous funding by the ASFPM Foundation, has collected a wide range of flood education materials from across the country. There are 4 ways to explore:

  • Enter a “Search Term” in the search field below (e.g. Urban Flooding)
  • Select the “View Topics” button below to explore by categories (e.g. Grades K-2)
  • Select the “Show All Results” button below to see entire collection
  • Scroll down the page to explore “Selected” resources by grades (e.g. Grades 6-8)

Please explore and if you have anything to add, please let us know what flood education you’re passionate about.


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  • American Society for Engineering Education resources

    Author: eGFI

    Note: Grades: Kinder-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

    Summary: Resources from the American Society for Engineering Education for classroom teachers. Includes lesson plans, class activities, outreach programs, and web resources. Searching for "flood" on the site returns results for coastal flooding and natural disaster resilience. Lessons are broken down by grade level, topic, and type of resource.

    Keywords: Coastal flooding, Flooding


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  • Children's Literature on Floods and Natural Disasters

    Date: 1993

    Author: Lynn Blinn Pike, Ph. D.

    Note: Grades: Kinder-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

    Summary: Collection of books on flooding organized by grade level. Created in 1993.

    Keywords: Flooding, Riverine flooding, Coastal flooding, Flash flooding, Stormwater, Urban flooding


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  • Extreme Weather and Estuaries

    Author: NOAA

    Note: Grades: 9-12

    Summary: In this activity, students investigate how hurricanes can affect estuaries and coastal communities. Students begin by studying the North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserve in the Cape Fear area using Google Maps and predicting which areas of the reserve might be more vulnerable to the onslaught of high winds, heavy rain, and storm surge than others. Finally, they monitor and interpret the changes in water quality factors day by day as a severe storm approaches, strikes the estuary, and then dissipates.

    Keywords: Hurricane, Storm surge


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  • Green Infrastructure Protective Services Animation

    Author: NOAA

    Note: Grades: 6-8, 9-12

    Summary: This simple video explains green infrastructure—what it is and how it protects communities from coastal storm impacts. The video also provides information about actions communities can take to reap the benefits from this nature-based storm protection technique.

    Keywords: Water resources management


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  • K-12 Curriculum: Great Lakes in My World

    Date: 2017

    Author: Alliance for the Great Lakes

    Note: Grades: Kinder-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

    Summary: Our elementary/middle school curriculum covers lakes, sand dunes, wetlands, human communities, history and geology. The 480-page book includes 80 lesson plans, assessment rubrics, student journal pages, Creature Cards featuring 66 Great Lakes plants and animals, and a CD with additional resources. Our high school curriculum focuses on Great Lakes coastal habitats. The 169-page book includes 17 lesson plans, assessment rubrics, student journal pages, Creature Cards featuring 66 Great Lakes plants and animals, and a USB flash drive with additional resources.


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  • NOVA Education

    Author: NOVA

    Note: Grades: Kinder-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

    Summary: Teacher videos, interactive activities, lesson plans,and webinars related to many scientific areas including flooding.

    Keywords: Flooding, Riverine flooding, Coastal flooding, Stormwater, Levee failure/breach, Hurricane, Tsunami, Dam failure, Urban flooding


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  • A Student's guide to Global Climate Change

    Date: 2016

    Author: United States.

    Note: Grades: 3-6, 6-8, 9-12

    Summary: Interactive website with resources for teachers and students related to climate change.

    Keywords: Coastal flooding


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  • A Teachers Guide to Monmouth County's High Water Mark Initiative

    Author: New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium

    Note: Grades: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

    Summary: In an effort to make residents aware of flood risks and encourage them to take action to reduce risk, many of Monmouth County’s coastal communities are participating in the Monmouth County High Water Mark Initiative. Through this initiative the County and its partners have recently placed nearly 100 high water mark signs throughout 14 towns and 2 federal sites. These signs mark flood height locations from past severe storm events including Superstorm Sandy. This guide is intended to help you and your students understand the importance of signs and provide you with some classroom tools you can use to teach your students what to do before, during, and after major storms, why storm surge and floods happen, and what can be done to prevent or lessen storm impacts in the future.

    Keywords: Coastal flodding, Storm surge, Hurricane


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  • Understanding Sea Level Using Real Data

    Author: NOAA Ocean Data Education Project

    Note: Grades: 6-8

    Summary: Scientists know that sea level is rising, and that we experience some of these impacts as more frequent and intense storm surge and coastal flooding events. Using data from NOAA’s satellites and coastal stations, you will do the analysis to see sea level changing. Explore our Sea Level activity and download our Teacher’s Guide.

    Keywords: Coastal flooding


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