The Lorax Dr. Seuss Introduction Human activity requires a steady supply of food and materials from the Earth and its biosphere. All natural substances that humans remove from the environment for their own use are called natural resources. Renewable resources can be replaced at about the same rate we use them and include trees, crops, livestock, water and oxygen. Nonrenewable resources cannot be replaced as quickly as we use them. As the human population increases, we require more and more living space, fuels, food and other goods. Manufacturing helps meet these needs and improves the overall quality of our lives. However, manufacturing uses up certain natural resources and produces waste products that spoil the environment. Question 1 What were the natural resources that the Once-ler found? Classify the resources as renewable or nonrenewable. Question 2 What was the new product that the Onceler began to manufacture? Describe the technology he used to make and transport his product. Question 3 What kind of problems does the Onceler’s factory cause for the environment? Name at least three. Question 4 What do you think the Lorax’s message “unless” means? Question 5 What could the Once-ler have done to minimize his factory’s effect on the environment? Question 6 A “Thneed” is defined as a fine thing that everyone thinks they need. What are some examples of thneeds- things that we think we need? Question 7 What does the story of The Lorax help us understand about the use and misuse of renewable natural resources? Question 8 Does the story end on a positive note? Explain. Journal Entry 1. Pretend you are the Lorax. Speak for the animals that were driven the Truffula forest. 2. Pretend you are a Truffula tree. What do you want to say to the people who are cutting you down? 3. Pretend you are the Lorax and you have come to visit our school. What would you say to the students?