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Lesson 8: Statue of Liberty


Lesson 8: Statue of Liberty


Learners will be able to read a book about the symbols of our nation, including the Statue of Liberty.

Learners will become familiar with the story of the Statue of Liberty.


Picture of the Statue of Liberty
American Symbols Book
“Dreaming Of America: An Ellis Island Story ” by Eve Bunting


  1. The teacher tells the students the story of the Statue of Liberty.

a. The Statue of Liberty is a huge sculpture that is located on Liberty Island in New York Harbor. This monument was a gift to the USA from the people of France in recognition of the French-American alliance during the American Revolution.

b. The formal name of the statue is “Liberty Enlightening the World.” It pictures a woman who has escaping the chains of tyranny (the broken chains lie at her feet). Liberty’s right hand holds a torch that is a symbol of liberty.

    1. Liberty was designed by the French sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi. The hollow copper statue was built in France – it was finished in July, 1884. It was brought to the USA in 350 pieces on a French ship called the “Isere.” The statue was re-assembled in the USA and was completed on October 28, 1886.
    2. There are 354 steps inside the statue and its pedestal. There are 25 viewing windows in the crown. The seven rays of Liberty’s crown symbolize the seven seas and seven continents of the world. Liberty holds a tablet in her left hand that reads “July 4, 1776”, Independence Day of the United States of America.

Dimensions in Feet

Height from ground to tip of torch

305 feet 1 inch

Length of nose

4 ft 6 inches

Length of the head (chin to top of head)


Length of right arm

42 ft

Width of mouth

3 ft

Ground to top of pedestal

154 ft

  1. Teacher reads to the students “Dreaming of America.” The teacher then discusses further the importance of the statue to these people. The students are then asked to describe how they would have felt seeing the Statue of Liberty as an immigrant.
  2. Teacher gives the students a copy of the American Symbols Book. They read the book using eco reading then choral reading when appropriate.


I will know that learners are able to read the symbols book when they read the book chorally before coloring it.

I will know that students are familiar with the Statue of Liberty when they discuss how they would have felt coming to America and seeing the Statue.

Things to consider:

The students seemed to be really engaged with the book when it was read to them. They had a lot of questions and an entire lesson could have been devoted to immigrants in another unit.

Website to share next time: http://www.earthcam.com/usa/newyork/statueofliberty/

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