Concept: Economic demands can lead to excessive use of natural resources, and population growth can add to environmental stress.
Objective: Students analyze the interdependencies demonstrated in a fictional story of rapid development in a formerly undisturbed environment.
Grade Level: Lower and upper elementary
Subjects: Science, social studies, language arts
Skills: Reading comprehension, story analysis
The Lorax by Dr. Seuss (book or video}. The video version of The Lorax is available for rent at many video stores. It can be purchased from ecol-o-kids, 3146 SW Shadow Lane, Topeka, KS 66604; (913} 232-4747. The Lorax book is available in the children's section of most major bookstores and libraries.
The Lorax by Dr. Seuss (Random House, @1971) is the story of a beautiful woodland’s destruction as economic demands lead to excessive use of its natural resources and rapid population growth adds to the environmental stress. You can use this story to introduce students to a variety of concepts related to population growth in a most entertaining way.
First, read The Lorax to your class or show them the animated, musical video. Then discuss the following questions related to the story with your students:
@ 1994 ZPG