The Lorax is one of our favorite Doctor Seuss books. One year for Doctor Seuss’ birthday (March 2nd) I made JDaniel a Lorax lunch. This year I made a fun file folder game with the Lorax for JDaniel. We used this game space to work on addition facts. It could be used to work on a wide variety of skills. I will walk you through how we used it for addition and then share with you other ways to use this Lorax folder work space.
Addition Version of the Game
The Lorax is up in arms about the demise of the truffula trees. When it came to deciding what hands on manipulative to use for counting, I decided we had to use pom-poms. They look like the top of the truffula trees.
Each of the Lorax’s whiskers would be a work space used to display each of the numbers in the number sentence. The works spaces were made large so that manipulatives for large addition facts would fit in them.
We used the homemade flashcards I made to review addition facts with JDaniel. (If you have store bought flashcards, that are horizontal they would work too.) We tried to center the cards so the plus sign was right under the Lorax’s nose and each of the numbers lined up under one of the whiskers. If you make a Doctor Seuss Lorax math game, you may decide to make a circle with a plus sign to place right on the Lorax’s nose. It might help your children visualize the fact.
Once the number sentence is displayed, one of us came up with the sum. My son was the one finding the sum, but we would have taken turns if he was just learning how to add.
Other Ways to this Doctor Seuss Themed Work Space
Find the Fact
Two people can play this game.One person displays the math fact on the Lorax and the other person searches through a stack of index card to find its match. The opposite of this can be done to. One person can select a card and read out the number fact. The second person can illustrate the fact with the pom-poms. One or both of the children can figure out the sum.
A timer can be set for two minutes. Then a child can try to display and count as many sums as they can. Why use the pom-poms when working on speed? The pom-poms can help children visualize a number sentence and sum.
Children can use the Doctor Seuss Lorax work space to work on subtraction facts. Children can take turns calling out and displaying subtraction facts or using flashcards.
Here are some other Doctor Seuss Learning Activities We Have Done: