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What Lies Beneath: A Strategy for Introducing Literary Symbolism
“It’s not about what it is, it’s about what it can become.” You’re never too old for Dr. Seuss and using The Sneetches and The Lorax is a great way to introduce readers to allegories, parables, and literary symbolism. The lessons included in this richly detailed resource use such diverse tales as James Aggrey’s “The Parable of The Eagle,” James Thurber’s “The Moth and the Star,” and William Faulkner’s “The Bear” to model how to uncover the levels of meaning in symbolic stories.
9th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
“THE LORAX” by Dr. Seuss
Few children's books convey the message of conservation as well as Dr. Seuss' The Lorax. Read the story aloud, emphasizing the interconnectedness of plants and animals in an ecosystem and discussing different ways people can help the environment.
1st - 3rd English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
The Lorax Reader’s Theater
Bring a reading of Dr. Seuss' The Lorax to life with this reader's theater script. Simply assign roles and read through the script as a class, or spend time creating props and costumes for a school-wide performance, the choice is yours. This activity would make a great addition to a celebration of Earth Day or Dr.
3rd - 6th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Learn about the destruction of the rainforest by analyzing statistics. Young learners make an original line graph showing destruction in the rainforest. Additional activities include a collage, a sequencing of the book The Lorax, collecting facts from fact cards, and describing the role of those concerned.
6th - 8th Science CCSS: Designed
Boom and Bust in the Ozark Forests
Here is a hard-hitting, cross-curricular lesson on the effects that the deforestation of the Ozark forests in the 19th century had on the people, animals, and ecosystems of the area. The Dr. Seuss book The Lorax is used as a way of comparing what happened in that story to what actually happened in the Ozarks.
5th - 8th English Language Arts
Legend of The Lorax
Students explore ecosystems. They read or listen to Dr. Seuss' The Lorax to draw conclusions and make predictions about the environmental impact and use of resources. They write poems about real forests and the wildlife which inhabit them, draw pictures and create collages and ads.
4th - 6th Science
Dear Mother Earth
Get those pencils ready because we are going to write a letter to our dear mother, Earth that is. Allow your youngsters to explore and express all the ways that they plan to protect Mother Earth. The worksheet is perfect for Earth Day, includes directions, space to compose the letter, and is decorated with swami swans, truffula trees, and the old Lorax himself.
K - 5th English Language Arts
"The Lorax"- An Environmental Issue
Students create a solution to an environmental problem. In this environmental protection lesson, students watch The Lorax and write down all the environmental issues they see. Students discuss the issues and are then assigned an area or problem to develop a solution for.
5th - 6th Science
The young scholars recall events from Dr. Seuss' story The Lorax and make connections to environmental issues affecting their lives. They are expected to reflect on the facts of the story and respond verbally stating the inferences they made in order to devise alternative endings or possible solutions.
K - 7th Science
A Tree Counting Campaign
Review math concepts using this resource. Learners count the number of trees there would be if everyone planted one. In order to complete this activity, learners fill in the names of their classmates and add up the number of trees. This worksheet is meant to be used with a discussion of The Lorax by Dr.
1st - 3rd English Language Arts
New Review System Interactions: The Lorax and the Truffula Tree
If the Lorax were to write a letter, what would he write? Introduce your class to systems and feedback loops through the whimsical stylings of Dr. Seuss. Learners take on the Lorax's point of view to write a letter, among other activities.
3rd - 5th Science
Solid Waste and Our Natural Resources: Utilizing the Story THE LORAX
Pupils gain an introduction to our planet's solid waste problem and our personal responsibility in curbing and solving said problem through the use of Dr. Seuss' book, The Lorax. After hearing the book, class discussion follows.
K - 12th Science
Teaching with The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
Dr. Seuss', The Lorax is the book used to identify ways to care for the environment and natural resources. Your class will create presentations to share with first graders after identifying literacy skill that are important for young children.
1st - 12th 21st Century Skills
Understanding Life System: Growth and Changes in Plants
Third graders research ways in which plants are essential to humans. In this Global Peace lesson, 3rd graders participate in tasks, such as creating a propaganda poster. Students may watch the film, The Lorax, as a closing activity.