The Lorax, by Dr. Seuss, is one of my students' favorite stories. It works well for a celebration of Seuss, Read Across America & because of its underlying theme, I also use it for Earth Day activities.
- “This was absolutely one of the cutest activities we did all year. During our Dr. Seuss week I included this in our math and my kids went nuts over it.”
- "My students enjoyed this resource. They were engaged and the lesson reinforced the math unit on shapes."
- "So creative! Students have so much fun." "Adorable! Such a fun activity linked to our math standard!"
With that in mind I designed “Shapin’ Up!”, which is a quick, easy and super-fun craftivity, with a variety of game options.
There's also an emergent reader, which practices capitalization and end punctuation too.
I've included samples of the booklet in the PREVIEW.
I’ve provided both 2D shapes as well as the four, 3D ones.
Make a set to use for a bulletin board display.
- "My students loved this resource! It worked great to review our 3D shapes we were learning and just in time for Dr. Seuss week. It makes a really cute bulletin board as well."
- "This makes a really great bulletin display for our classroom. Students can incorporate their shape knowledge with a little bit of art and they really enjoy it."
Make an extra set; cut them in half, and use as puzzles for an independent math center and an interesting way to review symmetry.
Play 4-Corner FREEZE; a game that practices a variety of life skills, like listening and following directions, as well as the 2D/3D shape vocabulary, plus recognition, and counting backwards from 10 to 0.
My kiddos absolutely LOVE this game.
Easy-peasy for me, and only takes a few minutes, so it’s perfect for the end of the day. I’ve included directions in the packet.
You can also use the Lorax shapes as big flashcards. Hold one up.
Children call out what shape it is, along with its attributes, like the number of vertices.
Play “Who’s Missing?” Display a set on the wall. After children leave, take one away. In the morning, children guess which one is missing.
I’ve also included a 2-on-a-one-page template, so children can pick their favorite shape and create their own orange creature.
There are 2 mustache options: “I ‘mustache’ you a question. What shape am I?” is written on one, the other is blank.
For a cute keepsake idea, students can use their hand prints as the mustache, and add accordion-folded legs and arms. (Super fine motor practice!)
Have older students write attributes on the back.
- "This was so cute! Plus, we wrote the attributes of each shape on the back which helped prepare students for testing."
The Lorax is also an appropriate story to read for Earth Day, then follow up with this craftivity.
- "I used these to decorate my hallway in preparation for Earth Day. It doubled as shape practice. The students were able to make as many as they wanted. Some made three or four!"
I’m Diane from Teach With Me. I hope your students enjoy Dr. Seuss’s story featuring the Lorax as much as we do. Wishing you a wonderful celebration of Seuss & a Happy Earth Day as well.
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