The Lorax Lesson

I have embedded an example of one of my favorite books as a kid, “The Lorax,” by Dr. Seuss. My video would be targeted towards a second grade audience.

My goal would be for students to fulfill the common core state standard, ” CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.2:
Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson, or moral.”

I like the idea of using this video as a resource, where I play the video out loud, and students follow along in their own books. The video would be a good introduction to the kids about what imovie looks like in a classroom.  As the students are reading the book out loud and listening to the imovie version, I will periodically pause the video and ask them to retell the story in order to check for understanding. What was “The Lorax about?” After we have a class discussion about the video’s summary, I would ask the students to share what they thought the central message of the story was. My objective would be for students to share about how “The Lorax” is connected to the issue of environmentalism in the world.

At the end of the lesson, I would ask students to brainstorm topics that they care about. Every day, I will begin class with a lesson about a topic with a lesson or moral. At the end of the unit, I will ask students to look for books with a distinct lesson or moral in the class library. After presenting students with a tutorial on how to create an imovie, they will be put in groups and create their own imovie where they read the book of their choice out loud and explain why they picked it, what it is about, and what the central message or lesson is.

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