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Author: Missy Zessin
System:Covington County
School:Florala High School
Lesson Plan ID: 6070
Title:

Teaching with The Lorax by Dr. Seuss

Overview/Annotation:

Students in a high school parenting class use Dr. Seuss's The Lorax to teach age-appropriate environmental tips to first graders. This lesson would be a great asset to the Read Across America celebration.

Content Standard(s):
TC2(9-12) Computer Applications6. Utilize advanced features of multimedia software, including image, video, and audio editing.
TC2(9-12) Computer Applications9. Practice ethical and legal use of technology systems and digital content.
TC2(9-12) Computer Applications13. Demonstrate collaborative skills using curriculum-related content in digital environments.
Local/National Standards:  
Primary Learning Objective(s):

Students will identify ways to care for the environment or/and natural resources as suggested by The Lorax by Dr. Seuss. Students will create age-appropriate storyboard presentations to instruct first graders in the application of ideas to nurture and conserve the environment. Students will identify literacy skills important for young children. Students will create a reading lesson for first graders. Student will utilize Internet research to create the lesson.

Additional Learning Objective(s):  
Approximate Duration of the Lesson: Greater than 120 Minutes
Materials and Equipment:

The Lorax by Dr. Seuss, print or Internet sources for environmental tips as suggested by the story

Technology Resources Needed:

Computers with Internet access, presentation software such as PowerPoint or HyperStudio, LCD projector or TV and scan converter for displaying presentations to first graders

Background/Preparation:

Parenting students should study the importance of early literacy skills in young children. They should review information from past biology classes for knowledge concerning the environment.

Procedures/Activities:
1.)Discuss/review the importance of teaching literacy skills in early childhood. Outline for the students the idea of reading The Lorax by Dr. Seuss to first graders not only as a means of promoting literacy, but also as a vehicle for teaching the care of our environment. If using HyperStudio, introduce the HyperStudio software to the students and allow time for perusal of the following website as well as the software. Explain that the Parenting class will visit first graders and read The Lorax by Dr. Seuss. Explain that during their visit, students will also present HyperStudio (or PowerPoint)presentations that promote care of the environment.
(National Education Association)
This is the NEA's official website. By visiting the Read Across America section, students will find tips for reading aloud to children, for using Dr. Seuss literature, etc.

2.)Allow students to peruse the website listed below as a review of what environmental tips could be taught to first graders. Have the students compare what they find to the lesson taught by The Lorax. Have the students divide into cooperative learning groups to discuss findings and use these groups to complete the remainder of the lesson.
(Environmental Protection Agency)
This is the official website of the Environmental Protection Agency. High school students will find pertinent information about the care of our environment as well as a kid's section suitable for first graders.

3.)Instruct students to draw storyboards that will later become the stacks (slides) of their HyperStudio (or PowerPoint) presentations. Cooperative learning groups should exchange completed storyboards and critique for grammar, accuracy, etc.
(HyperStudio)
This is the official site of the HyperStudio software. It has links to stacks created by students. The students creating presentations for this lesson may want to view some of the samples. The site also contains purchasing information.

4.)Once storyboards are complete and have been corrected, have students create their presentations. Allow time in class to view the presentations of all groups since the high schoolers may not see each other's work in the elementary classrooms if several classrooms are involved.

5.)Once all projects are complete, visit the first grade classrooms. Instruct students to follow this plan: read The Lorax by Dr. Seuss, discuss with the first graders the story and the importance of saving trees, explain how children can help care for the environment, share their presentations. If time permits, high schoolers might have first graders begin some storyboards of their own.

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Assessment Strategies:

The teacher should design a rubric that best fits his/her expectations of the students.

Extension:

Students could schedule a follow-up visit to assist first grade students in writing thank-you letters to the upper classmen who read to them. First graders could also write letters to and draw pictures for their legislators asking for help in saving the environment. High schoolers could hold a poster contest in which the students promote the care of the environment.

Remediation:
 
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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