Watch or read The Lorax and think about the message that Dr Seuss is trying to get across. Reflect on the role humans have played in degrading the environment on Earth. Create two pictures that show the difference between a healthy planet and a mistreated one.
This is a good activity for kids to complete independently.
Younger kids may need support to integrate the key concepts.
Ideal for: Middle Primary Ages 7 – 9
- be creative
Time required: 40 minutes
Curriculum connections: English, Visual Arts, Humanities, Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking, Ethical Understanding, Sustainability
Kids can take for granted that everything they need is right at the doorstep, not realising that the food in the supermarket or the power that makes the TV work have to come from somewhere. This activity will probably raise some questions about what’s behind the curtain in terms of all these productions, so be prepared to talk with you child about how it’s okay to use the things our society produces, but at the same time we can be thoughtful about how we minimise our impact on the environment by reducing, reusing and recycling.
- Year 3: ACHASSI053, ACHASSI054, ACHASSI061
- Year 4: ACHASSK089, ACHASSK090
- Year 3 & 4: ACAVAM111, ACAVAM112
Complete lesson for classroom teachers:
The true cost of stuff – Years 5 & 6
- Art supplies: Coloured pencils, pens, paint, coloured paper, glue, scissors.
- White paper
- Writing pen or pencil
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