Please let us know about suggestions, corrections, resources, etc. To join, contact: kphilli2@schools.nyc.gov
Hillary's unit includes links to other resources. 4 Class Periods
lorax.jpg Image by Dr. Seuss
Technology Integrated Lessons
P. Nieto's adaptation of H. Aleshin's lesson for intermediate ESL students

Random House website - Seussville. The Lorax Project in the Classroom - Discussion Questions, Plan, Share, Resources

Seussville The Lorax Games
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Images of Briarwood Trees. Taken October - November, 2010 by K. Phillips, and students in Classes 717 and 723.

Combining Fiction and Non-Fiction, the units below include The Lorax and non-fiction reading on trees.


Karen has a Quick Time movie with music and trees of Briarwood. I have e-mailed a link, or you can access it at:
http://www.filedropper.com/treesintheurbanenvironment

To differentiate this mini-unit, selected students can do research on trees, identifying trees around the school, using the leaves and bark. See Hillary Aleshin's The Lorax unit above, Ms. Shyam's Ecosystems mini-unit, and at "Literacy - The Giving Tree," see Renee Melendez' Giving Tree Unit and Perla Bautista's Giving Tree unit for research work.

Powerpoint of Days 1-3 of Trees, The Lorax, and Achieve 3000.

Agenda – Trees in the Urban Environment
Day 1
•Warm Up/Motivation - Watch movie on trees of Briarwood (Ask Karen can send this to you via transferbigfiles.com.
Read quotes, write, share out

Devise Big Ideas and Essential Questions, based upon wonderings and thoughts on quotes.
There is more information on trees in NYC and what we can do in the handbook below:


Day 2


Read Dr. Seuss' The Lorax.
Use a graphic organizer to compare and contrast the Onceler's attitudes about and use of trees with yours.
Work Sheets Writing Matters:
• Shared Reading. Read MillionTreesNYC quote about what we can do.
· Students go back and revise graphic organizer.


Alternative reading: The Giving Tree. See Literacy-The Giving Tree

Day 3
Read Achieve 3000 article, “Do Trees Help or Hurt?” or article, "Does Nature Need Our Help?"
Complete activity, thought question, and poll.
Extended Learning – Watch video about Urban Ecology and what students are doing in class. Middle School Students As Arborists You have to register at VITAL PBS, or get movie from Karen.

Day 4
Using your responses to quotes, the graphic organizers, work in groups and construct a presentation on trees.

Day 5
Presentations with rubric.





The Lorax – Geography Learning Objectives
http://www.coe.ilstu.edu/iga/Geographers%20Have%20High%20Standards/The%20Lorax.htm
Lesson with Group Work
http://www.teacherweb.com/TN/WestValleyMiddle/TheLorax/index.html
Kids Do Ecology - http://www.nceas.ucsb.edu/nceas-web/kids/index.html
National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis - http://www.nceas.ucsb.edu/
Environmental Defense Fund
http://www.edf.org/