Earth Day Lesson Plan – “The Lorax” by Dr. Seuss

This is an ideal book for the Earth Day. It is a timeless children’s classic that uses the wit and rhyme to teach children about importance of protecting the environment and interconnectedness of humans, animals, and nature. We often use recycling as a main focus in elementary schools, but we really need to teach the affect of not only individual actions but also businesses/corporations as well.

The Earth Day Lesson Plan – for grades 1-3 go to

Renewable and Non-Renewable Energy – go to:

…”I am the Lorax who speaks for the trees

which you seem to be chopping as fast as you please.
But I’m also in charge of the Brown Bar-ba-loots
who played in the shade in their Bar-ba-loot suits
and happily lived, eating Truffula Fruits.

“NOW… thanks to your hacking my trees to the ground,
there’s not enough Truffula Fruit to go ’round.
And my poor Bar-ba-loots are all getting the crummies
because they have gas, and no food, in their tummies!

“They loved living here. But I can’t let them stay.
They’ll have to find food. And I hope that they may.
Good luck, boys,” he cried. And he sent them away.

I, the old Once-ler, felt sad
as I watched them all go.
business is business!
And business must grow
regardless of crummies in tummies, you know….

Dr. Seuss


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