The Lorax Project Ideas

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 wonderful Dr. Seuss book with something for all ages. The activities below can be used to help students connect with the story and identify meaning within.

The Lorax

When reading The Lorax with students, there is so much that can be learned. Depending on the age of the learner, there are multiple lessons that can be pulled from the story. The activities below have been developed for use with a variety of ages and will help students connect with the story and all that it has to teach.

Poster Lesson

(for upper elementary or middle school students)

Materials: poster board and markers for each of several groups

  • Put students into groups of 3-5.
  • Give each group poster board and markers to work with.
  • First, ask each group to brainstorm 3-4 lessons that might be pulled out of The Lorax. Have them make a list of their ideas. Students might consider lessons that are environmental, social, or even personal in nature.
  • Next, have each group choose one of the lessons to focus on for their project.
  • Have each group create a short 1-2 minute presentation explaining the lesson they pulled out of the book and how that lesson is expressed within the story.
  • Then, have each group create a poster that advertises the lesson in a clear and creative way.
  • Finally, have each group practice giving their presentation and sharing their poster.
  • Allow class time for each of the groups to actually present their work.

Dr. Seuss Has a Lot to Say

(for upper elementary, middle, or high school students)

Materials: writing paper, pencils, copies of The Lorax as well as copies of other Dr. Seuss books that are known to contain lessons within (such as, The Butter Battle Book, The Sneetches, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and/or Horton Hatches the Egg), other supplies as decided by students

  • Put students into groups of 2-3.
  • Give each group a copy of The Lorax as well as another Dr. Seuss book.
  • Have students first read both books to one another within their group.
  • Allow time for students to discuss the lessons or messages hidden within each book.
  • Give students writing paper, pencils (and other supplies they feel are needed).
  • Instruct groups to come up with a way to visually compare and contrast the two Dr. Seuss books. They might consider:
    • A chart or graph
    • A Venn diagram
    • A side-by-side comparison
    • Another means they come up with for creating a visual comparison
  • Allow time for students to work on their compare/contrast projects.
  • Have each group share their work with the full class.

Truffula Tree Bulletin Board

(for elementary age students)

Materials: bulletin board or wall space within the classroom, bulletin board paper to cover the board, construction paper in 3-4 different colors, scissors, markers

Ahead of time: Cover the bulletin board and use some additional pieces of paper to create several long tree trunks (like those on the truffula trees in the book).

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