Friday, April 20, 2012

The Lorax Lesson Plan

I mentioned last week that I came across a great FREE Earth Day inspired lesson plan based on Dr. Suess' book The Lorax. Yesterday Brynne and I did some of the activities in the download.

We started our morning by making a marble Earth. We cut out a circle and taped it into a shoe box lid (to keep it stationary). We added a glop of blue paint and a glop of green paint and four marbles. She rolled them and shook them to make the Earth.

Then we read The Lorax by Dr. Suess. When we were done, we answered the Discussion Questions posed in the download and wrote adjectives to describe the Lorax.

I took a picture of Brynne and attached a Lorax mustache to her printed picture. Then she completed the sentence: "If I had the last Truffula seed I would ... plant it then it would drop other seeds and the seeds will grow into other truffula trees."

We attached those items to her Earth to make a cute story sheet!

Don't mind the dark orange on the mustache in the picture. I accidentally threw it away and yogurt got on it. I was too lazy to trace and cut out another one.

While Brynne had her lunch, she watched the Deluxe Edition of Dr. Suess' The Lorax, which was really good. The added songs made the story even more appealing! Then we watched a Special Feature on the dvd called "The Lorax: The Trees! The Trees! The Voice of the Trees!". It covered all that we have learned so far in our plant study about seeds and roots, and then went on to talk about leaves and the importance of trees. We will be studying those at length starting on Tuesday.

That got me thinking about the Arbor Day Foundation and how they used to provide each student with a baby tree on May 1st when I was in elementary school. By the time my parents sold that house, when I was in my 30's, the trees were HUGE! Brynne and I talked about the Arbor Day Foundation and how SHE could plant 10 tiny trees that would change the world. So today we paid our $10.00 membership fee and our 10 Wild Bird Trees should be here in a week or so. (For our region, they are only taking orders through 4/23. So, order quickly if you want any!) I just felt like this was a great way to help her work out the theme of the story. SHE is that one person who can make a difference. We all are.

Today after Co-op we are going to see the new The Lorax movie at the theatre. This was a GREAT one-day lesson that will last a lifetime!

And there is still time for you to get in on the fun. Earth Day is Sunday!


  1. found this link not sure what all is included in the kit but it's for homeschoolers also so here it is


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