Resources For Educators: Nature's Fury: The Science of Natural Disaster

Part of the Nature's Fury: The Science of Natural Disasters exhibition.

Composite image showing a tornado, an erupting volcano, and a road split by an earthquake.
Earthquakes. Volcanoes. Tornadoes. Hurricanes. This exhibition explores the causes and effects of our planet's most powerful natural disasters, and how humans study and prepare for them. The educator's guide will help you and your students investigate the exhibition. 

Educator's Guide


Science and Literacy Activities

These activities, which are aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English Language Arts, introduce students to scientific knowledge and language related to natural hazards. Students will read content-rich texts, visit Nature’s Fury: The Science of Natural Disasters, and use what they have learned to complete a CCSS-aligned writing task.

StepReads are alternate, more accessible versions of the original grade-level text developed by ReadWorks. They can be downloaded below. In addition, research-based question sets focused on literacy are available for each text at (see links below).

Grades 3–5

ReadWorks Question Set for Grades 3-5


Grades 6–8

ReadWorks Question Set for Grades 6-8


Grades 9–12

ReadWorks Question Set for Grades 9-12


More Resources

Use these free online resources before or after your visit to further explore themes presented in the Nature's Fury exhibition.