1-2-3 Come Shape Up With The Lorax And Me!
Since the Silly Shaped Penguins have been such a huge success, I thought I'd try to make something similar, with a Seuss character. The Lorax, because he's already an oval, was the perfect fit.
You can make a set and simply use them as shape anchor charts, for a fun review, during Seuss Week or March is Reading Month, or you can have students choose their favorite shape and make their own.
I've included 2 different mustache patterns for you to choose from. One says, "I mustache you what shape am I?" and the other one is plain.
I personally love the play on words and think students will think that is sort of cornball fun too.
If you want to add a bit of keepsake value to their shape, have them pick a partner, so they can trace each other's hand, on a folded-sheet of yellow construction paper.
Keeping the paper folded, they only have to cut once, making 2 hands that are perfect for a Lorax mustache.
Start off by reading The Lorax and asking students what shape he is. Show them your samples and ask them which they like the best.
You could graph this for an easy math extension. Simply hang the Lorax shapes on the white board, and write students' names under whatever one they like the best.
Tell the students that the Lorax ate some leaves from the Truffula tree and has Truffulaitis, which made him lose his normal shape.
They can help him return to the real Lorax, by completing the Lorax Shape Mystery easy reader.
Show your sample and explain what you want them to do. i.e. circle the capital letters, add end punctuation, trace and write the shape word, trace and draw the shapes etc.
As children complete their Lorax easy reader, they can make a Lorax shape of their choice. Run the templates off on orange paper.
Children can add wiggle eyes, and accordion folded, construction paper arms and legs. Suspend the Lorax shapes back-to-back from the ceiling, or mount them on a pastel blue bulletin board, flanked by truffula trees.
Your caption could be: "Reading Really Gets Us In Shape!" Click on the link to view/print the Lorax Shape Packet.
Finally, another sweet Lorax "craftivity" is making a mustache/moustache to launch a writing prompt. It's an interesting and "Suessical" way of doing things that I think your students will enjoy.
For an adorable bulletin board, take everyone's photograph wearing their mustache and put it next to their writing. Your bulletin board title could be the same question you are asking: "We mustache you, would you save a truffula tree?"
Flank the board on either side, with 2 colorful truffula trees, made out of strips of neon-colored tissue paper, and rolled up green bulletin board paper for the trunk, that you can stripe with brightly colored boarder. Click on the link to view/download the Lorax Writing Prompt packet.
If your class is into the mustache thing, click on the link for more mustache-themed FREEBIES. To see another fun Lorax activity, scroll down for the next blog article.
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"Fill your house with lots of books, in all the crannies and all the nooks." -Dr. Seuss