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Community Meeting

R-E-S-P-E-C-T! Respect the earth like you and me!


  • Large letters to spell out RESPECT (optional: laminate letters)
  • The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
The Lorax by Dr. Seuss

Greeting Objective

The learners will greet another with a greeting about respecting the earth.


  • Students sit in a circle.
  • Students recite the first three lines alone and the entire class says the last line.
  • This greeting can be recited like a rap.
  • One student begins.

Use the following format:

Ben: “My name is Ben! And I’m here to say, I respect the earth, every day!
Class: (Spelling out the word) “R-E-S-P-E-C-T! Respect the earth like you and me!”

  • Continue greeting until all students have been greeted.

Hint: Use large cards that spell out RESPECT for students to raise in the air during the greeting.

The Lorax – Respecting Our Environment

Engagement Objective

The learners will discover respectful and responsible ways to take care of the environment through class discussion and reading The Lorax by Dr. Seuss. (Note: The book is 45 pages long. Depending on time, you may want to read small portions of the book throughout a couple of community meetings.)


  • Have a discussion about what the “environment” is and what we use from our environment (i.e., trees make paper, plants give us
  • Read The Lorax by Dr. Seuss.
  • Have students pay particular attention to how the environment is affected by what is happening from the beginning of the story to
           the end.
  • As the book is read, debrief on what happened to the environment and why it happened.
  • Use a T-Chart to list the effects on the environment from the beginning to the end of the story:
What Happened?Why?
  • Conclude by discussing ways they can respect the environment.


End your community meeting by informing your students about the schedule of the day.

ASCA: Grade K, PS:A2.1 Recognize that everyone has rights and responsibilities.

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