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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Our Lorax Project

In the PYP we focus on Inquiry (More on that to come on Thursday's post).
One of our units of inquiry this year was about endangered species and taking a closer look at our responsibility in sharing our planet.

I started the Unit by reading The Lorax.  This Dr. Seuss classic is my all time favorite!!  My students fell in love with the story and made some very important connections to the key concept of responsibility.  As our unit was drawing to an end the students decided they wanted to share their message with the rest of the school.  They worked hard to come up with ideas and decided to perform the Lorax as a play during their assembly.  

I have never seen my kids work so hard.  I had students creating props at home and bringing in costumes they created.  In the end the assembly and performance were a huge hit.  

After the assembly the student body was asked to reflect on what they had learned.  It was so great to see that other students made the connection to our responsibility as well.

As it’s Dr. Seuss’s birthday coming up I thought I would share some pictures from our amazing assembly!
We told our story from the perspective of the old onceler and had the rest of the class act it out. 
I'm so proud of my kids for making such a beautiful backdrop.  They painted it themselves with a little help from me.

We had Barbaloots and Swanny Swans and Humming Fish.
SO FUN!!

I adapted the story to fit into a 15 minute performance.  If you are interested in a copy just email me or leave a comment.

Miss Pam

9 comments:

  1. The Lorax is such a great story. A fun book with an important message. A few years ago I used it with a Year 4 class and they did a dance interpretation of the story. They organised their own costumes and even made their own music using Garageband. They had a lot of fun.
    I'm gad your children enjoyed their experience too.
    I would love to read your play interpretation. Maybe I will use something like this later in the year. We are doing an environmental/ animal unit in third term (July, August)

    Jane
    The Learning Curve

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    Marsha
    http://differentiatedkindergarten.blogspot.com

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  3. Love this, I just found your blog, great ideas!! I'm now following you!
    Amy
    TheResource(ful)Room!

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  4. Hi, I am doing a very similar thing with my 3/4 class as an assembly item. I only have 5-10 mins though. I would love to try and incoorparate a sing/dance as well so I may not have enough time to do an adapted play. However I would love to read your adaptation. My email is mwilson@livingwaters.wa.edu.au
    Many thanks,
    Michelle

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  5. Hi
    I would love to have a copy of your assembly item as this year I have year 5 class. my email is m_raval_2000@yahoo.com

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  6. I have a 5/6 class study Dr S and would love a copy of your item!
    andrew.d.love@det.nsw.edu.au

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  7. I have a 5/6 class study Dr S and would love a copy of your item!
    andrew.d.love@det.nsw.edu.au

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  8. I am working with a group of kids on this book for environmental education and would really enjoy using your creation. We are also trying to figure out really simple costumes. Any ideas you have would be helpful. Thanks for your work! loriseele@gmail.com

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  9. I am working with a group of kids on this book for environmental education and would really enjoy using your creation. We are also trying to figure out really simple costumes. Any ideas you have would be helpful. Thanks for your work! loriseele@gmail.com

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