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Teacher CyberGuide

The Lorax

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CyberGuide by Barbara Edwards and Amy Heckman

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This supplemental unit for The Lorax provides activities and web resources developed as part of the Metro-Nashville School System, Nashville, Tennessee.

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This supplemental unit provides Internet resources for first grade students to learn about the environment and recycling. They will learn and write about recycling. They will role play situations from The Lorax. They will develop and present a slide show. They will go on a "litter walk." They will create a healthy snack (Truffula Trees) and explore new fruits.

As the students complete these CyberGuide activities, they will explore the following questions:

  • Why is recycling important?
  • What will happen to our environment if we do not recycle?
  • How do environmental changes affect our habitat?

Science Content Standards

During this unit, students will

  • describe the effects of population and development on the environment in simple terms
  • discuss the effects of pollution and litter

Language Arts Content Standards

During this unit, students will

  • use the writing process to describe the effects of pollution
  • present information orally

Character Education Content Standards

During this unit, students will

  • practice responsibility toward the environment
  • solve problems
  • demonstrate caring

Implementation Overview

This unit is designed for first grade students. It integrates science, language arts, and character education. It is not necessary to complete the activities in sequence. The majority of the activities are geared toward whole group instruction; however, some activities can be extended to incorporate small group or individual participation. The book should be read to the students throughout the unit.

Description of Materials, Activities and Websites

The Lorax by Dr. Seuss

Access to e-mail. (Please have students route e-mail inquiries through the teacher.)

Other materials, to include:

  • Kid Pix Studio
  • Computer with printer
  • Internet access
  • Guest speaker from local recycling organization
  • Other materials to include: writing paper, pencils, crayons or colored markers, large paper bags, celery, peanut butter, tangerines,kiwi, papaya, mango, green grapes, red grapes, black grapes, paper plates, props for role playing

Student Activity 1: Guest Speaker (topic: What are landfills?)

The students will listen to a presentation by a local landfill expert. The students will actively engage in discussion. The teacher will draw a Venn diagram on the board. The students will have individual copies at their seats. The students will color, cut, and paste pictures from the game at the website listed below. They will glue these pictures in the appropriate spots on the Venn diagram.

URL: Recycle game

URL: EPA recycle center

Comments: This website contains a recycling game for 1 to 4 players. Some assistance with directions and getting started may be needed.

Student Activity 2: Journal Entries and Role Playing

The students will listen to The Lorax several times throughout this unit. At appropriate times the teacher will stop reading the story and give the students an opportunity to respond through journal writing, role playing,or class discussion. Examples of these opportunities are:

1. Pretend you are the Lorax. Speak for the animals who were driven from the Truffula forest.

2. Pretend you are a Truffula tree. What do you want to say to the people who are cutting you down.

3. Pretend you are the Lorax and you have come to visit our school. What would you say to the children?

(Ideas from 450 More Story Stretchers for the Primary Grades by Shirley Raines, Gryphon House, Inc., Beltsville, Maryland, 1994. ISBN0-87659-167-5

URL: Dr. Seuss's Lorax game

Comments: This site has a child-friendly game that involves gathering seeds and planting Truffula trees. No help is needed.

Student Activity 3: Kid Pix slide show presentation

In small groups, students will create slide shows using Kid Pix Studio. Drawings will focus on recycling, litter, or effects of pollution. Students will script their presentation in their journals. These scripts will then be voice recorded into the Kid Pix presentation.

URL: Recycling coloring books

Comments: This site allows coloring book quality pictures to be downloaded, printed, and duplicated for your class. If a teacher desired, these pictures could be colored by students, scanned, and imported into a slide show presentation.

URL: Mrs. Bamdad's 1st grade classroom

Comments: This is a first grade classroom website that has information about a Kid Pix presentation similar to the one described above. The subject is whales.

Student Activity 4: Litter Walk

This allows the students to design their own litter bag and take a walk on the school campus. Be sure to caution children to not pick up broken glass, needles, etc. During the walk, the children will place litter in their bags. After returning to the classroom the children will decide which items in their bags can be recycled. They will then sort them into groups of plastic, paper, and metals.

After the walk the students will cooperatively create posters to demonstrate their learning. These posters will be displayed throughout the school.

Activity 5: Truffula Tree Snacks

This yummy activity involves the children in making healthy snacks that consist of peanut butter, celery sticks, tangerines, paper plates, and assorted fruits (kiwi, papaya, mango, white, green, and red grapes). To construct the Truffula tree snacks:

1. Distribute paper plates to each student.

2. Place approximately 1-2 Tablespoons of peanut butter on each student plate.

3. Give each student a celery stick to place in the peanut butter so that the celery stick will stand up.

4. Give each student 1/2 tangerine (cut in a zig zag pattern) to place on top on the celery stick.

5. Tell the students they will sample different "Truffula fruits." Distribute bite size pieces of the assorted fruit in intervals so that the students can enjoy the different tastes.

6. Create a graph of the students' favorite fruits.

URL: EPA recycle center

Performance Standards

In this CyberGuide, the students will complete a Venn Diagram, a Kid Pix presentation, journal entries, and related activities.

Notes from the teacher/writer of this CyberGuide:

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