In The Lorax, Dr. Seuss introduces the "Once-ler" who
cuts down the beautiful Truffula tress so that he can use their
wonderful silk tufts to knit "thneeds". Thneed sales are so
successful that the Once-ler builds a factory and invents the Super Axe
Hacker which cuts down four trees at a time. The Lorax speaks up in
defense of the trees, animals, air and water that the Once-ler is
destroying in pursuit of bigger and bigger profits. Finally, when the
last Truffula tree is cut down, production of the Thneeds ends. Closed
factories, polluted air, polluted water and an uninhabitable wasteland
are all that remain on the once beautiful site. The Lorax can no longer
live here, but he leaves behind a small pile of rocks on which the word
UNLESS is inscribed.
The Lorax illustrates an ecosystem, a natural unit in which living and non-living parts interact. All of the parts are linked together and functions as a unit. When one of the parts is altered or damaged, the entire system may fail.
Step 1: Select an Endangered Animal to Study from the "Endangered Species List." Use the following link.
US Fish & WildLife Services -- lists updated daily!
Step 2: Research your chosen organism using the internet (a few suggested links below and/or library resources). Complete the question sheet provided to you in class. Be prepared to "Speak for your Animal" in class.
Helpful Links for Endangered Species Research
Threatened Species-- Red List
Step 3: Make a mask, puppet, or sign to help you to "speak for your animal." Use construction paper, a lunch bag, or any other supplies you wish. Be creative. If you are not feeling crafty, you could find a picture of your animal and make a sign (8 x 11 piece of construction paper ).
Helpful Links for Making Animal Mask
Jungle Masks (ideas to copy)
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