Patriotic Symbols and Practices
The Statue of Liberty
- Book about the Statue of Liberty
- Illustrations of the Statue of Liberty
- Green or light blue construction paper
- Review the session “The Bald Eagle.” Have students share their lists of places they found the bald eagle.
- Review the meaning of the word symbol.
- Display a picture of the Statue of Liberty. Tell students that the Statue of Liberty is a symbol of America’s freedom.
- Teach and sing “The Statue of Liberty” song.
The Statue of Liberty (to the tune of “This Old Man”)
She’s the lady with torch in hand,
She welcomes people from other lands.
Standing in the harbor so proud and free,
A symbol of our liberty.
- Discuss the meaning of harbor and explain how Lady Liberty welcomes people from other lands. You may want to teach this concept in conjunction with History and Social Science Standard of Learning 1.12, “Communities in Virginia,” which mentions the concept of immigration.
- Read a book to students, or visit a Web site related to the Statue of Liberty, such as <http://bensguide.gpo.gov/k-2/symbols/ladyliberty.html>.
- Share interesting information about Lady Liberty:
• This statue was a gift from the country of France.
• The crown on Lady Liberty’s head has 25 windows.
• There are seven spikes on her crown that represent the “seven seas.”
• She wears a toga to honor the ancient republic of Rome.
• Her torch is a symbol of enlightenment.
• Lady Liberty has chains at her feet. This is to symbolize slavery being crushed.
• She carries a tablet with the date “July 4, 1776” inscribed on it.
• The statue was renovated in the 1980s. During this renovation, her torch was replaced with one covered in gold leaf.
- Have students make liberty crowns out of construction paper. A pattern may be provided for students to trace their own crowns, or have crowns pre-traced onto paper for students to cut out.