March 2nd marks the birthday of Dr. Seuss. In line with his birthday, the work of Beverly Joubert, artist, photographer, and explorer in residence with National Geographic, students will focus on art as activism, language arts and environmental issues. Teachers will read all or part of Seuss’ book The Lorax to students to prompt discussions about environmental issues. Students will learn about Beverly and Dereck Joubert and their fight to save the rhinos, cats and elephants from distinction. Beverly’s photography is her unique call to action, to have others become aware of these animals through their beauty and their stories. Students will illustrate an image to depict either messages from The Lorax or an environmental issue such as endangered animals, air pollution etc. Their art will tell the story. Descriptive language may complement the poster.

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