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Statue Visits

Students bring the Statue of Liberty to life as they stretch their imaginations and create story adventures for her!

  • Grade 3
    Grade 4
    Grade 5
  • Multiple Lesson Periods
  • Directions

    1. Introduce this lesson by asking students to share their knowledge about the Statue of Liberty. Share Liberty's Journey by Kelly DiPucchio as a read aloud. In this story, the statue comes alive and wanders into adventures. Ask students what adventures she might go on if she were to go with them and their families on an imagined trip to a different state in the United States.
    2. Ask students to each select a different state for an adventure with the statue! They may choose a place that they have already visited and share information about that state. Also provide materials for students to research the state they have selected for their 'trip'.
    3. Once research is complete, have students practice drawing the statue. Provide them with Crayola Erasable Colored Pencils and Markers, as well as a variety of Paper Pads. Encourage students to sketch simple geometric shapes to begin. An oval can be used for the head, small square for a neck, altered rectangles for torso and sets of long, thin ovals for the arms and legs. Students draw these sketches in various positions based on her poses in the illustrations from the read aloud.
    4. Next, direct students to reference materials in the classroom about the state they wish to have the statue travel to. They need to choose only one scene to represent their destination state; a landmark that is well known would be helpful. Once this is selected, students create a their scene as a single page in the Statue of Liberty's visits throughout the U.S.
    5. Students use Crayola Erasable Colored Pencils to sketch the statue in a self-selected pose; allow them to refer back to the original text for additional help. Crayola Watercolor Colored Pencils may also be used; just add a little bit of water on a small brush and the pencil marks turn into watercolor paints! A simple damp paper towel will clean up any residue if needed.
    6. When each page is completely dry (if watercolor paints or pencils used), have students write a few sentences describing the state visit.
    7. As each page is dry, have students mount each of their pages onto a piece of construction paper. Bind in book form.
    8. Share the newly created book with the class! After each page is read, see if they students can find that place on a US map!
  • Standards

    LA: Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text.

    LA: Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.

    LA: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

    LA: Report on a topic or text or present an opinion, sequencing ideas logically and using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.

    MATH: Classify two-dimensional figures into categories based on their properties.

    SS: Describe ways in which language, stories, folktales, music, and artistic creations serve as expressions of culture and influence behavior of people living in a particular culture.

    SS: Identify and use various sources for reconstructing the past, such as documents, letters, diaries, maps, textbooks, photos, and others.

    SS: Describe personal connections to place – especially place as associated with immediate surroundings.

    VA: Create personally satisfying artwork using a variety of artistic processes and materials.

    VA: Identify, describe, and visually document places and/or objects of personal significance.

  • Adaptations

    Challenge students to design their own statue to gift to another country; have them explain symbolism, where it would be placed and motivation for the chosen country.

    Take a field trip to the real Statue of Liberty.

    Create a 'Flat Statue' in style of Flat Stanley and have students take photos of themselves with the paper statue.

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