nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
Dr. Seuss, The Lorax
Lesson Objective: Students will generate ideas about how to protect the Earth and share their ideas by creating a comic strip.
California Common Core Standards:
Reading Standards for Literature:
- Key Ideas and Details- Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.
- Integration of Knowledge and Ideas- Use information gained from the illustrations and text in print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of characters, setting, and plot.
- Production and Distribution of Writing- Use a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing.
Supplies: Class set of iPods, iPads, laptops, or other hand-held devices. Ability to email you. Lorax mustache and straws.
Voice Memos (built in)
iPod/iPad Camera (built in)
Links to AppStore:
Digital Read Aloud and Discussion
Today our digital read aloud on the iPad will be The Lorax. After the read aloud our discussion will be:
What do you think Dr. Seuss meant when he wrote, “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not?” Students will do a Think-Pair-Share with a partner. They will record their conversation using Voice Memos on their iPods. Having them voice record their conversation allows them to be held accountable for their partner sharing. I do this regularly as a routine and every now and then ask them to email their recording to me (so they know that I am checking in on their work).
I will then ask the class, what are the lessons Dr. Seuss wants to teach with this book? I want to guide the discussion to the following ideas:
- Protect the environment
- Save the trees
- Protect animal habitats
- Don’t be greedy
- Reduce, reuse, recycle
- Buy things you need (don’t be wasteful)
After our discussion, each child will login to Edmodo and write a post about how they can help protect the environment. I want them to post their idea to Edmodo to be certain that they don’t all write the same idea. They will need to review other posts and make comments on others’ ideas. Their post is to prepare them for creating a simple class movie.
Lorax Mustache Craft
Students will create a Lorax mustache on a straw (to be used in the comic strip).
Create a Comic Strip: Using Comic Touch Lite or Strip Designer
Once we have reviewed everyone’s posts students will partner up to take each other’s pictures using the built in camera on their iPod. They will use their Lorax mustache in the picture.
Next, they will open up one of the comic strip apps (either Comic Touch Lite or Strip Designer). In both of these apps, students are able to access images in their camera roll. They will select their Lorax picture and add a speech bubble. Their speech bubble will say the sentence they posted on Edmodo.
Here is a Strip Designer sample:
Here is a sample using Comic Touch Lite:
Students can email you their pictures and you can put the pictures together in Power Point or Keynote to create a class book that you can upload to iBooks. See a previous post of mine called Best Uses for iBooks: Turn Your Keynote or Power Point Presentation into an iBook for step by step directions about how to create an iBook.
Happy Truffula Tuesday everyone!