Natural Disasters


For the past few weeks our class has been learning about natural disasters and their effect on the environment. After we read about some disasters like hurricanes and forest fires as a class, we each chose another type of disaster to research. We wrote five-paragraph essays about what we learned.

After we finished our essays, we made a video to show what these dramatic natural disasters look like. We used the FxGuru iPhone app to create the special effects.

Here are some of the interesting facts we learned about the natural disasters we studied:

  • Most people know about how Mount Vesuvius erupted in the year 79 A.D. and covered Pompeii, but it has also erupted at least 50 more times.
  • The Tri-State Tornado on March 18, 1925, was the most destructive in history. It went through Missouri, Illinois and Indiana, and its path was over 200 miles long. It killed 695 people and injured over 2,000.
  • The longest lightning bolt was almost 200 miles long. It happened during a thunderstorm in Oklahoma on June 20, 2007.
  • Avalanches are a danger on mountains after 12 or more inches of snow have fallen. If an avalanche is triggered, the snow can pour down the mountain at a rate of over 80 miles per hour.
  • Floods can be deadly, but they also can help the environment. The sediment in flood waters may cause the soil to be more fertile.


  1. Dear Mrs. Hamman’s Class,

    That was truly amazing! I am impressed with not only your knowledge of natural disasters, but one of the coolest videos ever created! I really felt like I was in the middle of all that crazy and dangerous weather! I bet your essays were amazing!

    Keep up the great work!
    Mrs. Moore

  2. I really like this video and I think that everybody did such a good job. I think that everybody enjoyed doing there videos. All of the videos were so interesting and I liked all of the cool natural disaster things.

  3. It is awesome and easy. We used special affects on the video. It was so fun.

  4. That was so amazing! My favorite Natural Disaster was the flood. It was really funny because all the boys got pushed off into the flood by the girls. The girls were laughing. I think all the videos were really cool. I loved them all because they had all of the people in the video and were just amazing. Thank you Mrs. Hamman!

    You are the best teacher ever!

  5. Very good. I love to see people acting.You did a great project for natural disasters.My personal favorite was flash flood.The videos are great it must of took practice.It was funny seeing people laugh though they were in the middle of a disaster.

  6. Dear Class,
    I think the video we did was super cool. My favorite one was the lightning or the floods. it looked pretty real. The facts are amazing! Who did the Lightning one? I thought that fact was the coolest. What would you do in a big storm like that?

    Your Classmate,

  7. I think it is very cool, I liked the flash flood because the way the water wised up and everyone ran to the top of the old preschool play equipment.

  8. that was an amazing video my fav was flash flood because when the boys fell the girls just looked at them and laughed.

  9. Dear Mrs.Hamman’s class,

    I really liked this video it was amazing. You guys had such great ideas for your videos I loved all of them they were all so cool. Keep up all of the great work!

  10. Mrs.Hamman thanks for doing this I hope we can do this again.

  11. Dear Mrs. Hamman’s Class,

    When i watched the video i thought to myself that would be cool if it where to actually happen. Plus if it there would be a flood i would try and find the tallest place to go or say there was lightning i would go inside but there are many other things you can do. But the video was amazing, and i hope we could do different ones soon?

  12. This video was amazing guys! We were all really good at acting out the natural disasters. Even though this was our first video we starred in, we were pretty good! Also, we should work better on our essays next time.

  13. I think we put some hard work in our essays I hope we do a other one soon.

  14. good video ms. hamman keep up the good work

  15. I like all of the disasters i like all of them i think there great and awesome and coll and funny

  16. I hope next time we do this i can be in one of the videos and the essays where fun.

  17. Wow everyone did so good in the video.I felt like everyone was in a storm.

  18. We made a great video and it was so fun to make and there is a lot of good facts.

  19. We did great on are video it was a lot of fun and those were some good facts.

  20. I like wen we did a osuma and I like to do it a gen.

  21. They were all funny, i thought lightning strike video was better the fire was on my foot! I am lucky it was not real

  22. I like the disasters videos.

  23. I like all of the disasters because they were really cool, funny, great, good, and fantastic they were all so so so awesome.

  24. i hope we have it again bceuaes it was so fun of the essays of the Torndo

  25. Dear class

    I like when the water goes over the people and the girls survived.


  26. I like the lighting when she got struck by a lighting bolt.

  27. Wow! Your video is amazing! I’m a grade 3 teacher and I came across your class’ blog while I was doing some research about starting our own class’ blog. Thanks so much for sharing this!!

  28. I really loved your Natural Disaster’s Video. What program did you use to add the special effects?

    • Thanks for your comment! It’s an iPhone/iPad app called FxGuru. The base app with a few effects is free, and you can choose individual effects to add for about $1.00 each.

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