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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  • Alaska Tsunami Education Program

    Date: 2010

    Author: Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska, Fairbanks

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

    Summary: The Alaska Tsunami Education Program blends Alaska Native knowledge and science instruction. Hands-on, standard-aligned classroom lessons, interactive multimedia, and mapping projects for grades K through 12 give students an opportunity to learn the science of tsunamis in a culturally relevant context. The program was funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Keywords: Tsunami


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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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  • Be a Hero

    Date: 2013

    Author: Federal Emergency Management Agency

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

    Summary: In "Be a Hero" Youth Emergency Preparedness Curriculum for High School (9th-12th grades), students will engage in discussions, multi-media research, surveys, and interviews to develop their own communication campaigns aimed at raising awareness and motivating others to be prepared for emergencies. Middle School (6th-8th grades), students will develop a graphic novel to show their understanding of emergency preparedness. They'll gain knowledge through research, games, simulations, discussions, debates, and other inquiry-driven activities. Upper Elementary School (3rd-5th grades), students will work individually and in teams to research emergencies that can impact communities locally and nationally, and apply creativity and literacy skills to demonstrate their understanding of emergency preparedness. Early Elementary School (1st-2nd grades), students will learn about emergencies and how to prepare for them. From fire safety to natural disasters, they will exercise their investigative, creative, and communication skills working both individually and collaboratively.

    Keywords: Flooding


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  • Boulder 2017 Flood Mural

    Date: 2017

    Author: City of Boulder

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

    Keywords: 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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  • Coping After a Disaster

    Date: 2018

    Author: Center for Disease Control

    Note: Grades: Kinder-2, 3-6

    Summary: Coloring and activity book designed to teach kids how to cope after a disaster

    Keywords: Flooding, Tsunamis, Hurricane, Natural disasters, Extreme weather event


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  • Disaster Detectives Activity Book

    Author: Ohio EMA

    Note: Grades: Kinder-2, 3-5

    Summary: This activity book is intended to help children learn about the natural disasters that affect Ohio: floods, winter storms, tornadoes and earthquakes. Each page is a different puzzle that teaches your child safety precautions to take in the event of a natural disaster.

    Keywords: 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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  • Discover Floods Educator's Guide

    Date: 2011

    Author: Project Wet Foundation

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

    Summary: This valuable resource helps educators teach students about both the risks and benefits of flooding through a series of engaging, hands-on activities. Acknowledging the different roles that floods play in both natural and urban communities, the book helps young people gain a global understanding of this common--and sometimes dangerous--natural phenomena that affects hundred of millions of people around the world each year.

    Keywords: Flooding


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  • Don't Flood the Fidgits

    Date: 2017

    Author: PBS Kids

    Note: Grades: Kinder-2, 3-5

    Summary: Online game where participants build a city and attempt to make it flood safe.

    Keywords: Flooding


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  • Earth Force

    Author: Earth Force

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

    Summary: Earth Force has developed a project-based learning approach that engages young people as active citizens who improve the environment and their communities. We deliver the program by providing middle school educators with the training and support they need to create an engaging, hands-on classroom that empowers students to solve environmental problems. Via Earth Force, over 25,000 young people per year design and implement projects that reflect issues they care about and their desire to address a local environmental issue, gaining hands-on experience by applying what they have learned in the classroom to real-world situations.

    Keywords: Stormwater, Flooding


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  • Flood Education Resources - Fort Collins

    Author: City of Fort Collins Utilities

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

    Summary: Summary of flood education programs available from Fort Collins, CO as well as flood related activities

    Keywords: Flooding


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  • Flood Fighter: Nevada

    Date: 2014

    Author: Nevada Silver Jackets Team

    Note: Grades: Kinder-2, 3-5

    Summary: Downloadable game that teaches about emergency planning and flood scenarios.

    Keywords: Flooding


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  • Flood Safety Poster Contest

    Date: 2017

    Author: Austin, TX Watershed Protection Department

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

    Summary: A contest asking students to create posters illustrating "Save Yourself! Turn Around - Don't Drown." Flooding is Austin's top weather- related emergency and the number-one cause of weather related fatalities.

    Keywords: Flooding


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  • Flooding

    Author: Practical Action

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

    Summary: Ideas for lessons and activities together with supporting images, videos and web links suitable for a KS1 and 2 project on flooding. The videos contain powerful images of how the lives of some children in developing countries revolve around extreme weather conditions which can be caused by climate change. Topics include: "Preparing for Flooding"; "Reasons for Flooding"; "After a Flood"; and "Impact of Flooding".

    Keywords: Flooding


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  • Focus on Floods

    Date: 2012

    Author: The Nurture Nature Center

    Note: Grades: Kinder-2, 3-5

    Summary: Educational DVD-ROMs along with coloring pages, worksheets and interactive resources.

    Keywords: Flooding


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  • High Water Mark Initiative

    Author: Federal Emergency Management Agency

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

    Summary: Various activities were designed to target different grade levels and to complement math, science, and reasoning skills that are already being emphasized in each grade.

    Keywords: Extreme weather event


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  • Johnstown Flood Museum

    Author: Johnstown Area Heritage Association

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

    Summary: Website for the Johnstown Flood Museum. Contains information about the Johnstown flood and has information about school tours and museum educational materials

    Keywords: Dam failure, 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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  • Learning Lab

    Author: Center for Green Schools

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

    Summary: The Center for Green Schools at USGBC has K12 educational materials from several partner organizations (EcoRise, Nature Conservancy, NEED, etc.) hosted on our Learning Lab online curriculum platform. You can search by topic, and one of the topics is water.

    Keywords: Urban flooding


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  • Learning Resources - National Severe Storms Laboratory

    Author: National Severe Storms Laboratory

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

    Summary: Resources for educators and students focused on severe weather. Includes coloring sheets, trading cards, worksheets, and resources.

    Keywords: Tsunami, Hurricane, Flooding


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  • Lesson Plans - National Education Foundation

    Author: National Education Foundation

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

    Summary: Collection of lesson plans hosted by the National Education Association. Various authors. Browse by grade level, subject or keyword.

    Keywords: Flooding


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  • Mickey and Friends Disaster Preparedness Activity Book

    Author: Disney

    Note: Grades Kinder-2, 3-5

    Summary: Digital activity book that has puzzles , activities, and games related to natural hazards.

    Keywords: Flooding


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  • National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium

    Author: National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium

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

    Summary: Website for the museum. The museum also offers outreach programs, camps, and school programs.

    Keywords: Riverine flooding


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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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  • Operation Water Festival

    Author: Keep it Clean Partnership

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

    Summary: Each year around 1,200 Boulder Valley School District (BVSD) 5th grade students attend a Water Festival held in Boulder. Operation Water Festival is a fun, hands-on way for students to discover how drinking water is treated, learn how to protect and conserve our water, experience the history, geology, geography and science of water, and encounter the diverse plants and animals that rely on water for survival. Festival activities include a student and teacher unit on flooding titled "Flood Forces".

    Keywords: Flooding


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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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  • Prepare with Pedro

    Author: Federal Emergency Management Agency

    Note: Grades: Kinder-2, 3-5

    Summary: Coloring book with information about disasters and emergencies.

    Keywords: Flooding


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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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  • Sam The Disaster Horse - Flood Safety

    Author: Warmke, Jennifer V.

    Note: Grades: Kinder-2, 3-5

    Summary: Flood safety coloring book featuring "Sam the disaster horse".

    Keywords: 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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  • Stormtalkers Education Program - Stormwater Management

    Date: 2017

    Author: Arlington, TX Stormwater Management Division

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

    Keywords: Stormwater


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  • TeacherVision

    Author: TeacherVision

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

    Summary: TeacherVision provides professionally curated teaching materials that integrate future-ready skills into existing curriculum. he site covers all subjects, can be searched by topic and grade level.

    Keywords: Tsunami, Riverine flodding, Extreme weather event


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  • Tsunami Curriculum: Move to high ground K-6

    Author: Washington Military Department/ Emergency Management Division

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

    Summary: PDF document with lesson plans, activities, and information broken down by grade level about tsunamis.

    Keywords: Tsunami


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  • Tsunamis and Floods Activities

    Author: Various

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

    Summary: You might have a hard time picturing these events happening around your neighborhood, but it is always good to be prepared in the case that you might encounter a tsunami or flood. Explore the Tsunami and Floods section of KidsAhead to learn more about tsunamis and floods and how you can protect yourself and others from these deadly natural disasters!

    Keywords: Tsunamis, Urban flooding


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  • USGS Education Resources for Teachers

    Author: U S Geological Survey (USGS)

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

    Summary: The U.S. Geological Survey's (USGS) Education Resources for Teachers offers over over 130 years of USGS research in the natural sciences in the form of lesson plans and activities, maps, podcasts, online lectures, videos and animations, and much more. Browse ideas for using these resources in elementary, secondary, university, and informal education settings. Select grades "K-6" or "7-12" and select "Floods" from the Table of Contents under the Water topic.

    Keywords: Flooding


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  • The USGS Water Science School

    Date: 2017

    Author: U S Geological Survey (USGS)

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

    Summary: The U.S. Geological Survey's (USGS) Water Science School offers information on many aspects of water, along with pictures, data, maps, and an interactive center where you can give opinions and test your water knowledge. Topics include: Water Basics, Water Cycle and Surface Water, which includes discussion and information about flooding. Includes resources for teachers.

    Keywords: Flooding


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  • Ward's Stormwater Floodplain Simulation System

    Author: Ward's Science

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

    Summary: This physical model system helps students understand the critical role that floodplains play in the life of a watershed and the impact of unplanned development and human activity in key areas through innovative hands-on simulations. Features include: Realistic Recreation with Student-Friendly Features; Kit Features Eight Activities; Detailed User's Guide Included; Large Acrylic Tank Included; and Students Work Together to Find Solutions to Floodplain Issues. Developed for education and outreach in cooperation with the Michigan Stormwater-Floodplain Association, this physical model is being used by state floodplain associations across the country.

    Keywords: Riverine flooding, Stormwater


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  • What if...?

    Author: Essex Civil Protection and Emergency Management

    Note: Grades: Kinder-2, 3-5

    Summary: Website with videos, games, books, and activities related to natural disasters.

    Keywords: Flooding


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