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Author: Kelly Morton
System:Blount County
School:Cleveland High School
Lesson Plan ID: 23952

"The Lorax"- An Environmental Issue


Students watch "The Lorax" as an introduction to environmental issues. Students need not have prior knowledge of terms. This lesson follows the learning cycle. Students design a plan to make the Truffula trees sustainable and economically viable.
This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.

Content Standard(s):
CE(K-12) 3. Citizenship
CE(K-12) 5. Fairness
CE(K-12) 8. Cooperation
CE(K-12) 13. Tolerance
CE(K-12) 17. Cleanliness
CE(K-12) 20. Respect for the environment
CE(K-12) 22. Creativity
SC(9-12) Botany Elective12. Describe the ecological and economic importance of plants.
SC(9-12) Environmental Elective1. Identify the influence of human population, technology, and cultural and industrial changes on the environment.
SC(9-12) Environmental Elective4. Identify the impact of pollutants on the atmosphere.
SC(9-12) Environmental Elective8. Identify major contaminants in water resulting from natural phenomena, homes, industry, and agriculture.
SC(9-12) Environmental Elective12. Identify positive and negative effects of human activities on biodiversity.
SC(9-12) Marine Biology Elective11. Describe positive and negative effects of human influence on marine environments.
TC2(9-12) Computer Applications12. Use digital tools to publish curriculum-related content.
Local/National Standards:

National Science Education Standards TEACHING STANDARD A: Teachers of science plan an inquiry-based science program for their students.
TEACHING STANDARD B: Teachers of science guide and facilitate learning.
TEACHING STANDARD D: Teachers of science design and manage learning environments that provide students with the time, space, and resources needed for learning science.

Primary Learning Objective(s):

To analyze "The Lorax" as an introduction to Environmental Science.
Evaluate the impact of humans and corporations on the environment.
Synthesize ideas for industry and humans to work together for the good of the environment.

Additional Learning Objective(s):

The students will use publishing software and multimedia presentations to present viable options for conservation of the environment. Read Write Think Printing Press

Approximate Duration of the Lesson: Greater than 120 Minutes
Materials and Equipment:


Technology Resources Needed:

Google Video player, computer with Internet, word processing software, presentation software (computer lab preferable)


Students need not know correct environmental science terms. Allow them to describe the ideas in their own terms and during class discussion, introduce them to the proper terminology. This video can be referred to throughout the course because there are so many issues covered in the video.

1.)Teacher downloads Google Video Player
(Google Video Player)
This allows you to download Google Video Player

2.)Teacher loads The Lorax
(The Lorax on Google Video)
This is the video to watch. Approximately 25 minutes long.

3.)Students watch "The Lorax" and write down all environmental issues they see during the movie.

4.)Students grouped by teacher (take into account learning styles of each) and compile a common list of environmental issues.

5.)Teacher facilitates classroom discussion of issues and includes any that are left off and feel are most important. (See ATTACHMENT: The Lorax Environmental Issues.doc for examples)

6.)During this time, students are introduced to the proper terminology that matches up with the issue they listed. Explaining the terms with the students' own definitions will make them easier for the students to remember.

7.)Students may be grouped and given terms from attachment to define and explain. These may be saved for later and revisited as the term is used in later instruction.

8.)Students are assigned an area or problem to develop a solution that is acceptable to both industry and environment in the video. Presentation of solution can be in the form of a PowerPoint, newsletter, public awareness announcement, newscast, or brochure.

9.)Students are given a rubric based on the presentation method they choose (See ATTACHMENT: lorax rubric.xls).
Allows you to make a rubric and customize it to meet your needs.

10.)Students present solutions to the class.

Attachments:**Some files will display in a new window. Others will prompt you to download. The Lorax Environmental Issues.doc
lorax rubric.xls
Assessment Strategies:

A rubric will be used to assess students' presentations. (See ATTACHMENT: lorax rubric.xls)


Students who finish early can design proposals for community awareness. They could prepare a debate for and against both the environmentalists and the industry to be presented to the class. Student can also assist other students with research or solution design (with teacher permission).


Some students may need to be given a list of the vocabulary words with definitions before the video and assigned only a small number to watch for during the video. Some students may need to be grouped with a peer helper to be the recorder when they see the idea. Students could also be given a list of issues and asked to circle issues when they see them.

Each area below is a direct link to general teaching strategies/classroom accommodations for students with identified learning and/or behavior problems such as: reading or math performance below grade level; test or classroom assignments/quizzes at a failing level; failure to complete assignments independently; difficulty with short-term memory, abstract concepts, staying on task, or following directions; poor peer interaction or temper tantrums, and other learning or behavior problems.

Presentation of Material Environment
Time Demands Materials
Attention Using Groups and Peers
Assisting the Reluctant Starter Dealing with Inappropriate Behavior

Be sure to check the student's IEP for specific accommodations.
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