Lessons From the Lorax

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Is progress progressing too fast? So believes the Lorax, the eponymous character from Dr. Seuss's The Lorax. Young environmental science students read the book and debate the arguments of the Lorax and the Once-ler regarding the value of Truffula trees, thneeds, supply and demand, and the future of their (and our) planet.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Design an interdisciplinary unit between language arts and environmental science based on The Lorax
  • Use the lesson around Earth Day (April 20th)
  • Have learners develop a school-wide initiative to protect the earth and its resources
Classroom Considerations

  • Discussion questions are for the teacher to read, as they include possible responses; consider making the questions available for learners to read without the answers
  • Lesson suggests pairing the reading with a viewing of the short 1971 film adaptation or full-length 2012 movie of The Lorax as an optional follow-up activity
Pros

  • Provides thoughtful extension activities, including a connection to Bill Peet's The Wump World and a debate about the possible co-existence of environmental protection and expansion of the economy
Cons

  • None