Dr. Seuss The Lorax- Language Arts Unit

The Lorax by Dr. Seuss

Vocabulary: greed, factory, smog, extinct, lurk, deforestation, mighty, pollute, dank

Vocabulary activity: Since Dr. Seuss provides a lot of made-up and unique terms, have the students do a Think-Pair-Share where they collaborate and think of the meaning of the new words (Examples: thneeds, Once-ler, gruvvulous, snergelly, etc.)

The Wump World by Bill Peet
How to Help the Earth by the Lorax with Tish Rabe

Comprehension Activity: "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle" chart. Ask the students to keep an eye out on tips the Lorax gives on how to protect the Earth (Example: under Reuse the students could write that they can use their lunch boxes/bags again)

The Earth Book by Todd Parr


Opinion Writing: Imagine that you are a Truffula Tree. Write to the Once-ler, explaining how you feel and giving details on why you are important for the Earth

"Dear Once-ler..."

Narrative Writing: How would you assist the Lorax in defeating the Once-ler and helping the Earth?

Students will use this sheet as a guide/graphic organizer to help them, jotting down their main ideas. The students must then transfer their story to their journal and further elaborate on what they would do if they were in the story and what character they would be. They will then work in groups to peer review their work before they meet with an instructor for work on their final draft

Expository Writing: Have the students create a brochure on how to reduce, reuse, and recycle. Use the notes they made from the chart under comprehension activities


Have students get into groups and create a poster on why it is important to protect our Earth. Have all groups present their poster.

Visual Representation

Create flip books with drawings of how students can help the Earth. Students can create their own Lorax, with a description of how they will help the Earth



Students will work in groups with assigned jobs to go through a Webquest to help Professor E. Worm come up with ways to help teach kids about taking care of the Earth!


Created with images by xJason.Rogersx - "The Lorax" • martie1swart - "Flowers" • vdhulstshanna - "animal squirrel nature" • cluczkow - "tree"

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