The Lorax Activities

Instructor: Kristen Goode

Kristen has been an educator for 25+ years - as a classroom teacher, a school administrator, and a university instructor. She holds a doctorate in Education Leadership.

'The Lorax' is a fun Dr. Seuss book that also teaches an important lesson. Use the activities in this asset to help students draw meaning from this story and enjoy it at the same time.

The Lorax

The Lorax is the story of a funny little character who was once the guardian of a great forest. As the story is told, readers learn about the fate of both the forest and the Lorax as greed overtakes developers and the forest is eventually cut down. There are many lessons to be learned from this story along with the obvious nod toward conversation and prevention of pollution. The activities below, designed for use with elementary age learners, will help students make connections with the story and its characters as they investigate and discuss the meaning behind The Lorax.

Define Some Seuss Words

Materials: writing paper, pencils

  • Begin by talking about some of the funny words that Seuss included in the story. Write the following words on the board.
    • Lerkim
    • Miff-muffered moof
    • Bar-ba-loots
    • Rippulous
  • Discuss each of the words in the context of the story and, as a class, compose definitions for each word.
  • Next, put students into groups of 2-3.
  • Give each group a piece of writing paper and pencils.
  • Instruct each group to look through the book and identify at least ten additional funny made-up words. Ask them to compose a list of the words they find.
  • Next to each word, have each group write their own definition (using the context of the story as a guide) and then put the word into an original sentence.
  • When finished, let each group share their words, definitions, and sentences with the class.

What Does the Once-ler Look Like?

Materials: drawing paper, colored pencils or crayons

  • Begin by talking about the Once-ler. Discuss the little glimpses provided in the illustrations that might give an idea as to what he might have looked like.
  • Ask students to share their visions of what the Once-ler actually looks like.
  • Give students all drawing paper and colored pencils or crayons.
  • Have each student draw their vision of the Once-ler.
  • When finished, have each student share their drawing with the class. As they share, ask them to describe, in words, what the Once-ler might have looked like and explain why they think so. Allow for class discussion as needed.

Avoiding Pollution

Materials: writing paper, pencils, drawing paper, colored pencils

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