I love going to the movies.
The smell of buttered popcorn, the relaxed atmosphere, its enjoyable. I hated watching movies in school. They weren’t enjoyable, they were usually old, and purely “educational.” I usually fought to stay awake during these films. My question, why can’t the movies we watch in school be educational, and entertaining? They should be engaging and relevant to the lives of our students (as should all of our lessons!) So when I found out about this movie coming out in March, I was ecstatic!
I love The Lorax! It is one of my favorite Dr. Seuss books and I jump at any opportunity to read it to children. If you have been following my blog for a while, you probably noticed it pop up in pre-internship and internship. The Lorax is a story of conservation and environmental harmony. It can easily fit into the ELA, Health, Social, Science, and Art curriculum. If you are going to buy one children’s books this year, make it The Lorax, I promise you wont regret it! So this is my question to you… would you show this movie in your classroom? Often times, new movies are seen as for entertainment purposes only, maybe viewed in the classroom on a special occasion such as a holiday party, but why not show this during your science class? I would! I can’t wait to visit my internship class and show them the trailer for this video, they loved The Lorax. This book taught them about loving Mother Earth, why not reinforce that idea through an engaging and educational video?
P.S: Looking for some lesson ideas to go with this book? Check out The Lorax Project available online.