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Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.
The Lorax is a fantastic book for teaching your children about being good stewards of the earth and its resources. Grab our free The Lorax unit study and start learning about greed, being polite, ecology, sensory details, endangered animals, counting change, and so much more!
The Lorax Unit Study Lessons
This unit study includes lessons and printables based on the book The Lorax by Dr. Seuss.
Here are some sample lessons from the The Lorax Unit Study.
Character Building: Greed
The Lorax says that the Once-ler is greedy. Greed is defined as a selfish desire for food, money, or possessions over and above what one needs.
Can your student think of ways that the Once-ler proves his greed? He says, “I biggered my money which every needs.” Is it true that everyone needs money? How much money do people need? Is it right to make a ton of money while destroying the environment?
Discuss these issues with your student. You may also want to discuss the difference between a want and a need. Did people need Thneeds?
Discuss different items in your home made of trees or wood. Trees are important to us. We need to remember that we not only need them for building houses, furniture, kitchen utensils, firewood, and paper; we also need trees in the forest where they provide oxygen, soil protection, beauty, and a place for animals to live.
If you have the opportunity, visit a garden nursery this week and observe the different young trees for sale. You may even wish to buy one and plant it. You could also plan sometime outside for a hike through the trees at a state park or nature preserve.
Discuss what pollution means with your student. It is to make something impure; to spoil a natural resource with waste made by humans. Find examples of pollution in The Lorax with your student.
One type of pollution we find evidence of is water pollution. “You’re glumping the pond where the Humming-Fish hummed.”
All the Gluppity-Glupp and all the Schloppity-Schlopp made by the machinery chugging is being dumped right into the pond. What is the consequence of putting all this pollution into the water? (The fish can’t live there anymore). Can your student think of any other problems this may cause? (the water wouldn’t be fit to drink).
Another type of pollution in the story is air pollution. The smogulous smoke being put in the air by the Thneed factory made the Lorax cough, whiff, sneeze, snuffle, snarggle, sniffle, and croak. The Swomee-Swans were no longer able to sing! The Lorax had to send the birds away to find some cleaner air in which to live.
Discuss air pollution with your student. Is it only dangerous for birds? No! It is dangerous for any creature that breathes.
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The Lorax Lapbook Printables
In addition to the unit study lessons, this file also includes these printables for your student to create a The Lorax lapbook or notebook:
- What’s the Difference? Wants vs. Needs Chart
- Different Ways to Use a Thneed Notebook Page
- What Is Greed? Matchbook
- Extinct Animals Matchbook
- New Words Flap Books
- Sensory Details Chart (Truffula Tree & Truffula Fruits)
- Making Change for the Once-ler Mini-book
- Different Combinations of Coins Chart
- Multiplication Chart
- Make Your Own Story Problems Page
- The Once-ler Art Activity
- Art Palettes
- Diagram a Tree
- Ways to Fight Air Pollution T-book
- Recycle Sorting Activity
- Unless Copywork Book
- What Could the Once-ler Have Done Differently? Simple Fold
- The Parable of the Rich Fool Bible Study Pages
How to Get Started with Your The Lorax Unit Study & Lapbook
Follow these simple instructions to get started with the The Lorax Unit Study:
- Buy a copy of the book, The Lorax, or borrow one from your local library.
- Print the The Lorax unit study.
- Choose the lessons you want to use with your student (a highlighter works great for this).
- Choose and prepare the lapbook printables you want to use with your student.
- Enjoy a week of learning with The Lorax.