Reading Lesson Plans

Earth Day LessonGrade: 2By Lindsay KunzObjectives
  1. For the students to make predictions on what will happen in the Dr. Seuss’s story The Lorax by reading the title of the book and observing the illustration on the cover of the book.
  2. For the students to reflect on what was read to them halfway through the book and make a new prediction if necessary.
  3. For the students to listen to story The Lorax by Dr. Seuss and verbally answer questions regarding the story.
  4. For the students to think about something they can do to help the environment surrounding the community or school and to write what they will do on the top of the Truffula tree.
  5. For the whole class to devise and carry-out a plan to contribute something positive to the school and/or community.
PA.R.1.1.K.H.5 >--- Answer questions about stories read aloud.
PA.R.1.1.1.B > Preview text to identify title, author and parts of a book.
PA.R.1.1.2.D.1 >--- Use text to monitor and revise predictions as needed.
PA.R.1.1.5.D > Identify the basic ideas and facts in text using strategies (e.g., prior knowledge, illustrations and headings) and information from other sources to make predictions about text.
PA.R.1.2.P.A.2 >--- Identify information from illustrations or story being read.
PA.R.1.2.P.A.3 >--- Use illustration clues to infer and predict what happens next in a story.
PA.R.1.2.K.A.3 >--- Use illustrations and portions of story to infer and predict what happens next in a story.
PA.R.1.2.1.A.3 >--- Make predictions about what happens next in a story or process and justify.
PA.R.1.6.2.B.2 >--- Make reasonable predictions about what will happen next.
PA.ENV.4.2.4.B.1 >--- Identify products made from trees.
PA.ENV.4.2.4.C.2 >--- Identify various means of conserving natural resources.
PA.ENV.4.2.10.B Evaluate factors affecting availability of natural resources.
PA.ENV.4.2.10.B.2 >--- Analyze technologies that affect the use of our natural resources.
PA.ENV.4.2.10.B.3 >--- Evaluate the effect of consumer desires on various natural resources.
PA.ENV.4.8.7.A.1 >--- Explain how people use natural resources in their environment.
  Anticipatory Set
  1. "If any of you have ever read or had a Dr. Seuss book read to you before I want you to raise your hand." "What Dr. Seuss books have you read (or had read to you) before?" Call on a few of the students with their hands raised. "What is special about Dr. Seuss’s books or what is different about his books than other books you might have read or heard?" answer: Some of the words in his books are made-up. The words usually rhyme. "
  2. The book I’m going to read today has rhyming words in it and it also has a lot of made-up silly words in it too." "Here are the made-up words that are in today’s book. Repeat them after me." Go through the flashcards of the made-up words with the students. "When we get to those special words in the book you can help me say them."
3.   "The book you are going to listen to has something to do with a special day that is coming up on April 22nd. It has something to do with the environment and protecting our lands. Does anyone know what special day it is?" answer: Earth Day "Does anyone know what Earth Day is?" "Does anyone know what kind of things you can do for Earth Day and most importantly everyday?" answer: You do good things for the earth. Recycle, pick-up trash, etc. 4. "The book I’m going to read is called The Lorax." Take-out the book and show the kids the cover. "How many of you have read or heard of this book before? If you have, don’t ruin it for the other students. Those of you who haven’t read the story, I want you to make a prediction about what you think this book is about and what or who is the Lorax." Hold-up the cover and make sure all the students get to see the cover clearly to make their predictions. Call on a few students to find out their predictions. "Well let’s read the story and see if your predictions are correct."Procedure
  1. Read the story to the class, pausing half way through the book. (The middle of the book is marked with a post-it note)
  2. Half way through the story ask the students to put their thumbs up if their predictions have been correct so far or if there predictions aren’t correct to put their thumbs down and if their predictions were partially correct to put their thumb up mid-way. Ask the students to make new predictions on what will happen at the end of the book. Call on a few students again to find out their predictions.
  3. Finish reading the rest of the book.
  4. Ask the students once again to show with their thumbs if their new predictions were correct or not.
  5. After reading the remainder of the book, ask the students the following questions:
  1. So, who was the Lorax?
  2. What happened in this book?
  3. What is a thneed?
  4. What was the problem in this story?
  5. Who were the main characters?
  6. Why did the brown Bar-ba loots have to leave the land?
  7. What does endangered mean? What does extinct mean? Do you think any of the animals were becoming endangered? Why and what animals?
  8. What caused the air pollution in this story?
  9. What were the Truffula Trees being used for? What happened to the Truffula Trees towards the end of the story?
  10. How did this story make you feel and why?
  11. What is recycling? And what are some items we can recycle?
  12. How can we use less trees and resources?
8. "Okay, I want you know to all return to your desks and we’re going to do an Earth Day activity."9.  Read or call on a student to read the last page of the book again. "I now want you all to think of something you can do to help save our mother earth from being destroyed and make earth a more beautiful place to live."  Have the students orally brainstorm some ideas on how to help the earth and write their ideas on the chalkboard.10.  “Now I want you all to give my some ideas that WE, this class, could do to help make a positive different in or around our school or in the community.  Make sure they are things that we can ACTUALLY do because we are going to carry-out one of these ideas that the whole class agrees on.”  Some examples are: picking up litter around the school, building a garden, planting a tree, etc11. Hang-up paper tree backdrop on the chalkboard and hand-out a Truffula Tree top to each student and have them write down one of their ideas on how they want to help their school/community.12. After the students have finished writing on their treetops, have the students share what they wrote and tape their treetop on the poster. 13.  Have the students vote on what idea they want to carry-out to help their school/community.14.  As a class create a plan to carry-out their idea.ClosureFollow the appropriate steps to carry-out the idea.  Have a final product and have the students reflect on how they felt after completing the earth-healthy task they compiled.  Also have them reflect on what they liked and didn’t like about it and what they would change if they were asked again to do a similar project.Extension Activity:Lead the class in singing a song about Earth Day. You can use the "Earth Day Song" to the tune of Mary Had a Little Lamb. (see attachment)

added 4-5-02 Original Author Unknown Sung to:  "Mary Had a Little Lamb"

Plant a seed and you will see,
you will see, you will see,
Plant a seed and you will see
What a beautiful world it can be.

Help us to recycle things,
recycle things, recycle things,
Help us to recycle things,
What a beautiful world it brings.

Put your trash where it belongs,
where it belongs, where it belongs,
Put your trash where it belongs,
And the world stays beautiful for long.

 AssessmentListen to the student's predictions about The Lorax and see if their predictions are reasonable.  Also have the students answer the comprehension questions after reading the book to them as directed in the procedure.  Continuously assessing the students’ participation in the community service project and their reflections.Materials: ?  pre-made paper tree backdrop ?  pre-made paper Truffula Treetops ?  pencils ?  The Lorax ?  tape ?  pre-made flashcards with made-up words from the book by Dr. Seuss
  • Any type of materials needed to complete their community service task


  • Was the lesson successful?
  • What would I change for next time? What would I keep the same?