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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  • Activities for Children: Clark County Regional Flood Control District

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

    Summary: Lessons on flash flooding, videos, and flood related games

    Keywords: Flash 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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  • Cool Flood Ready Kids Let's Keep Safe and be Flood Ready!

    Date: 2017

    Author: Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency

    Note: Grades: Kinder-2, 3-5

    Summary: Hey Kids, Be a Cool Flood Ready Kid. Let’s learn the facts about floods! When you’re done, take the quiz- if you pass then you become an official disaster blaster kid. If you don’t, no worries, just read about floods here on the Cool Flood Ready Kids’ page and take the quiz again.

    Keywords: Extreme weather event, Tsunami, Levee failue/breach, Flash flooding


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  • Disaster Preparedness Coloring Book

    Date: 1993

    Author: Federal Emergency Management Agency

    Note: Grades: Kinder-2, 3-5

    Summary: Coloring book with information about natural disasters, including floods.

    Keywords: Riverine flooding, Flash flooding


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  • Education and Training

    Author: Comet MetEd

    Note: Grades: 6-8, 9-12

    Summary: Collection of educational resources focused on science. Search the site for flood related topics.

    Keywords: Tsunami, Flash flooding, Urban flooding, Dam failure, Hurricane


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  • Flood!

    Author: Discovery Education

    Note: Grades: 6-8

    Summary: Hands on lesson plan regarding new development and flooding. Students will be taught that different types of soil have different capacities for retaining rainwater, if the soil in an area will not hold enough rainwater, flooding problems will ensue, and soil can be tested for its water-retaining capacity.

    Keywords: Urban flooding, Stormwater, Flash flooding


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  • Flood Education Activity

    Date: 2017

    Author: Morgen Ayers

    Note: Grades: 6-8

    Summary: The goal of the activity is to observe the quantity of water stored by the different basin types, (which are based on percentage of pervious materials), in order to emphasize the importance of the surfaces in mitigating floodwater.

    Keywords: Flash flooding


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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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  • Owlie Skywarn

    Date: 2017

    Author: NOAA

    Note: Grades: Kinder-2, 3-5

    Summary: Owlie Skywarn is the National Weather Service's go-to Owl for weather science and safety information. Have fun learning about weather science with Owlie!

    Keywords: Riverine flooding, Flash flooding, Extreme weather event


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  • Precipitation Education

    Author: NASA

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

    Summary: Videos, interactive resources, articles, and lesson plans on precipitation. Browse by resource type and grade level.

    Keywords: Riverine flooding, Flash Flooding


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  • The Rescue League Academy: Sink or Swim!

    Author: Arlington, TX Stormwater Management Division

    Note: Grades: 6-8, 9-12

    Summary: The 40-page flood safety graphic novel reveals how the simple actions of residents, regardless of age, can help protect lives and property during a flood. Readers follow Bianca, Shawn, Sonny, Sam, and their families as they experience a major Texas flash flood. Bianca, the aspiring superhero undergoing her final test, helps a group of citizens during a flood. As she helps them make smart decisions and saves them from dangerous situations created by their ill-informed actions, citizens learn about what they should do before, during, and after a flood.

    Keywords: Riverine flooding, Flash flodding


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  • Rising Water - Beware and Prepare

    Date: 2017

    Author: South Dakota Office of Emergency Management

    Note: Grades: Kinder-2, 3-5

    Summary: Read about how Tommy the Turtle and Buzz the Bee prepare for bad weather in their flood book "Rising Water - Beware and Prepare". Narrated by Tommy the Turtle

    Keywords: Riverine flooding, Dam failure, Flash flooding


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  • Sheriff Hank Highwater's Flood Safety Fun Page

    Author: Pima County Regional Flood Control District

    Note: Grades: Kinder-2, 3-5

    Summary: Sheriff Hank Highwater welcomes you to his webpage! There are lots of fun things to do and cool facts about water and our desert world. Downloadable coloring book, photos, games, craft projects, video, and web links related to flooding in the desert.

    Keywords: Flash flooding, Riverine flooding


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  • Student Tools for Emergency Planning (STEP) Program

    Date: 2015

    Author: Federal Emergency Management Agency

    Note: Grades: 3-5

    Summary: The STEP program is a curriculum for fourth- and fifth-grade students to teach them how to prepare for emergencies and disasters, and to train them to become leaders in family preparedness. Your participation in teaching the STEP program can help children and families be better prepared and more resilient should a disaster occur in your area. Thank you for making time to discuss emergency planning with your class.

    Keywords: Riverine flooding, Extreme weather event, Flash flooding, Tsunami


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  • Traveling Trunks Floodplain Management Learning Tool

    Author: Oklahoma Floodplain Managers Association, Inc.

    Note: Grades: 6-8

    Summary: In this program students will conduct an investigation to determine the locations of rivers and watershed areas on an island model of their own creation; design an investigation to test the effects of different substrates on water runoff; interpret data in order to analyze the impact of different substrates on water runoff, and relate that information to real-world events; analyze aerial maps in order to determine how land use has changed over time; create and justify the reasoning for a model community based on data regarding water runoff trends; and create a public service announcement. Includes classroom activity titled "Floods and Floodplains Management 'Water We Going to Do?'"

    Keywords: Riverine flooding, Flash flooding


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  • UCAR Center for Science Education

    Author: UCAR

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

    Summary: The UCAR Center for Science Education is comprised of staff with expertise in the atmospheric and related sciences and science education. We are passionate about the importance of our mission and strive for excellence in all aspects of our work. Major program areas include formal (K-12) education, informal education and school and public programs, education technology, and undergraduate education.

    Keywords: Flash flooding, Flooding


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  • Water, Water Everywhere Lesson

    Date: 2006

    Author: TeachEngineering

    Note: Grades: 3-5

    Summary: Students learn about floods, discovering that different types of floods occur from different water sources, but primarily from heavy rainfall. While floods occur naturally and have benefits such as creating fertile farmland, with the increase in human population in flood-prone areas, floods are become increasingly problematic. This engineering curriculum meets Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

    Keywords: Riverine flooding, Flash flooding, Extreme weather event


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