Sunday, August 19, 2018

Lessons: The Lorax

Unless someone like you care a whole lot, nothing is ever
 going to get better. It's not. ~The Lorax
        Hands down The Lorax was my favorite Dr. Suess book as a child. I always loved it's message of taking care and stewarding the environment wisely--a message I still appreciate as an adult.

Grade(s): Kindergarten, First, Second
Big Picture(s): Preservation, Sustainability, Earth-Friendly
Dictionary: Caretaker/Steward, Environment, Green, Habitat, Nature, Wildlife, Tree, Pollution, Park
In Class: This lesson began with a shared reading of the Dr. Seuss classic, The Lorax, followed up with How to Help the Earth by Tish Rabe. As a whole group, the students fill out a graphic organizer on the SMARTBoard addressing either of the two: What practical (big or little) things they could do to take care of their environment (if the group of students already had a basic understanding of sustainability), or list the different causes and effects that were present in the story as a way to scaffold into further discussions and learning on sustainability. Throughout this time various vocabulary words would be introduced and discussed as well.
    During the next portion of the lesson, students were released to individually write reflectively on what they thought about the reading, class discussion, and how the two connect to them each. As students finished they're writing, they gathered an assortment of art materials provided to them to make their own visual depiction of a Truffula forest around their writing which was mounted on construction paper. 

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Lessons by Natalie Grimm © 2014 

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