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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Flood!

    Date: 2008

    Author: NOVA

    Note: Grades: 6-8, 9-12

    Summary: Video, lesson plan, and interactive resources for students relating to the 1993 flood of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers.

    Keywords: Riverine flooding


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  • Floodplain Modeling

    Date: 2006

    Author: Teach Engineering

    Note: Grades: 6-8

    Summary: Students explore the impact of changing river volumes and different floodplain terrain in experimental trials with table top-sized riverbed models. The models are made using modeling clay in aluminum baking pans placed on a slight incline. Water added "upstream" at different flow rates and to different riverbed configurations simulates different potential flood conditions. Students study flood dynamics as they modify the riverbed with blockages or levees to simulate real-world scenarios. This engineering curriculum meets Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

    Keywords: Riverine 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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  • 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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  • River Basin Balancer Game

    Author: US Army Corps of Engineers

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

    Summary: The River Basin Balancer Game offers insight into an inland waterway and a system of reservoirs, which are operated with a goal for serving each of the benefits, flood control, navigation, hydropower, irrigation, water supply, recreation, fish and wildlife, and water quality, for which many USACE reservoirs were authorized and constructed. Users can take charge of river operations and experience the unique challenges presented when managing reservoir operations in a variety of weather conditions across a geographically diverse basin.

    Keywords: Riverine 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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