Activity: Planting Truffula Trees

Earth Day may have been last week, but it's always a good time to learn about taking care of our planet. This week read the story The Lorax by Dr. Seuss, then plant some Truffula Trees (Marigolds) together.


Materials: The Lorax by Dr. Seuss (find a read-aloud version here), small pots or containers for planting, potting soil, Marigold seeds, Truffula Tree Observation worksheet (optional)

1. Read The Lorax together, and think about these questions:

-Who was the Lorax? Why was he upset with the Once-ler?
-What was the Once-ler doing to the Truffula trees?
-Were there other living things that the Once-ler was harming?
-What did the land look like after the Once-ler was finished making his Thneeds? Was he helping or harming the earth by making his Thneeds?
-What did the Once-ler give the boy at the end of the story? What can he do with that seed?
-How does planting Truffula trees help make the earth a better place?

2. Pour out some Marigold seeds, and think about what the Lorax asked at the end of the book- for us to plant seeds and make the world a better place. Marigolds look similar to Truffula Trees and- like Truffula Trees- help make the world better by bringing insects into the garden, cleaning the air, and helping other plants grow.

3. Think about what seeds need to grow- soil, sun, and water. Scoop some potting soil into a pot, and make a hole in the pot no more than one inch deep. Plant your Marigold seed, cover with soil, and water.


Extensions:

Plant extra Marigolds to give away as gifts

As your Marigolds grow, fill out the Truffula Tree Observation Worksheet