Thursday, April 19, 2012

Unless Someone Like You

"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing's going to get better.  It's not." Dr. Seuss

This year, to celebrate Earth Day, we are doing a Lorax unit.  I got most of my ideas from the free download at TeachersPayTeachers.com.  Here is what we are doing (I'll post pics tomorrow):

Today, I read the Lorax (complete with voices).  They used this graphic organizer to write how he protected the

  1. Truffula Trees
  2. Bar-ba-loots
  3. Humming-fish
  4. Swanee-Swans


After we read the book and did the graphic organizer, we then ripped up paper that would have normally been thrown away.  We put the scraps in a tub and added water to soak overnight.  Tomorrow, we will make our own paper.  I hope to impress upon them that wasting paper is like the Once-ler chopping down all the trees.

Tomorrow, the kids will also make their own Earths (marble painting).  I told them about the moustache and that I will take their pics.  One girl offered to bring in an orange jacket, so they can look like the Lorax.  I love it when they get involved.


I will use these writing prompts and the cute templates for display in the hallway:


I love how the book ends with the Once-ler giving the boy the last seed and tell him to take care of it. I am going to have the kids save their milk cartons from lunch (remember, we're REUSING!) and cut off the tops.  I am bringing soil and will give each child a seed.  We will put them in our classroom window and begin to graph it's growth (for our upcoming Science Fair).  I have never been this excited about Earth Day!

"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing's going to get better. It's not."

How are you celebrating Earth Day?

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