Tuesday, July 5, 2011

The Lorax and World Geography

A few weeks ago, the World Geography class participated in a story telling activity.  Each week, we discuss at least one theme of geography.  There are five themes: location, place, human-environment interaction, movement, and region.  On June 13th, we focused on human-environment interaction with a Dr. Seuss story The Lorax.

If you have never read this story, it really is a cute one.  In a very subtle way, it discusses how we are inter-connected and that humans and their environment do interact whether for the positive or for the negative. The last page of the story ends with a bit of a cliff-hanger, giving one character a charge. When I ended the book, the students promptly wanted to know what happened next.  Did he do it or not?  I asked them to tell me what they thought and write their own ending to the book. When they were done, the students picked the best story ending in the class to be posted here.  Congratulations to Madison for being selected.  Here is her story:

The body walks miles and miles away.  So far that the smog is gone.  He finds lots of land with water and clean air.  Plants the last seed then the Lorax appears. 
"Dear boy, your heart is pure. You're restoring what was taken.  You are the new protector."

The boy asked the Lorax to go find all those that were forced to leave.  They are welcome here. This land is safe, from axes and those who want to cut the truffla trees.  This land is clean.  We will stay here and help the forest grow.  After a long time, the old home land will be clear then the forest can spread all the way back to the homeland.

Watch for more updates about what the different Social Studies classes are doing!!

Students that participated: Kathlene, Cody, Emily, Ray, Austin, Deborah, Nick S., and Madison

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