How do people change the environment around them? Students will use The Lorax (1972) movie and book by Dr. Seuss to explore examples of human-environmental interaction and their effects on the environment.
This is a four day project which is completed in class.
Day 1: Students watch The Lorax and complete a video viewing guide. The guide is divided into two parts and is to be completed during the video and after. Guide includes questions on the main characters in the movie, rationalization of the Once-ler and his actions, and state of the town at the end of the movie. Post video questions include a comparison of main characters and modern day society and environmental issues.
Day 2: With a partner or small group, students use a copy of the book and their video viewing guide to complete the worksheet The Lorax: Who Speaks for the Trees? This worksheet focuses on natural resources, the Once-ler’s motivation for cutting down trees, and the product’s effect on the physical environment. After completing the worksheet, groups will choose a task card. Tasks include an interview with one of the characters in the book, a reflection on the message of the book, and relating The Lorax to a modern day problem. Students will display their ideas in a visual display.
Day 3 and Day 4: Students complete their visual displays and present them to the class. A whole class discussion can be had as student groups share their thoughts, ideas and examples of how this story relates to modern day environmental problems.
The attached file includes:
The Lorax Video Guide- 2 pages pdf
The Lorax: Who Speaks for the Trees?- 1 page pdf
The Lorax Interview/Task Cards- 4 pages pdf
*There are four different task cards each focusing on a different character in the movie: Animals and Trees, Little Boy, Once-ler and Lorax.
The Lorax Teacher Notes- 1 page pdf