The Statue of Liberty

Lesson #2
Level: 4th Grade
Subject: language arts, social studies
Approx. Time: 30-40 minutes




  1. Anticipatory set: show children picture of the Statue of Liberty.
  2. Read the book The Story of the Statue of Liberty
  3. Discuss story. What have you learned about the Statue?
  4. Read last page "The Statue of Liberty is a truly unforgettable sight- a symbol of all that is America"
  5. Discuss: What does this mean?
  6. Talk about Ellis Island, immigrants travel, that the statue is a symbol even today even though immigrants do not go through Ellis Island.
  7. Write quote on board: "Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door" -from "The New Colossus" by Emma Lazarus (on pedestal of statue)
  8. Discuss: meaning of quote, issues for immigrants, issues for people trying to immigrate today.
  9. Have children reflect upon this quote and write what it means to them.
  10. Display these paragraphs around the picture of Statue


Obj. #1: The children will not be responsible for the specific information. Our discussion and their paragraphs will show they have a understanding of basic information such as what the statue is, where it located, what it represents.

Obj. #2 and #3: These objectives will be assess through our discussion and the paragraphs the children will write.

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