Statue of Liberty


The lesson introduces students to the Statue of Liberty and its significance to the United States today, and the past.  The history of the statue is included, as well as other important and interesting facts.  Many students may have seen photos or images of the statue, but may be unaware of its history, its construction, and other information about it.  Teachers are encouraged to present one or more of the videos to the class.

Statue of Liberty Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about Statue of Liberty
  • Hands-on homework activities learning more about the Statue of Liberty
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 1-3 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Iconic and immediately recognizable, your students have undoubtedly seen pictures of the Statue of Liberty. What they may not know is its history and significance to the United States. The history of the statue is included in this lesson, as well as other important and interesting facts like its construction.  This lesson can effectively be connected to a lesson about immigration and Ellis Island, or a discussion about symbols and symbolism.  Several videos designed specifically for students are included with the lesson.

Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction: 

  1. Display a Statue of Liberty image. Ask students:  Have you ever seen this image before?  What does it mean to you?  Do you know where the statue is located?  (And other similar questions.)
  2. Allow for responses and discussion. Ask students what they believe might be special about America.
  3. Allow for responses and discussion. Ask students if they can think of a picture or a symbol to show what might be special about America.
  4. Allow for responses. Introduce the Statue of Liberty symbol and its meaning.
  5. Distribute Statue of Liberty content pages. Read and review the information with the students.  Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  6. Distribute Activity page. Read and review the instructions.  Share other examples of terms students can use to begin each letter in Freedom.  Distribute colored pencils, or alternatively, use construction paper as backgrounds for the final design.
  7. Once students have completed the activity, allow time for sharing their responses to the letters of Freedom.
  8. Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses.
  9. Distribute the Homework page. Review the instructions.  The next day, check and review the students’ responses.  Allow students to share the family drawing of a symbol.
  10. In closing, ask: If the Statue of Liberty and other U.S. symbols did not exist, what do you think could be used as a new symbol of freedom and liberty in the United States?

Common Core State Standards:


Class Sessions (45 minutes): at least 2 class sessions

Additional Resources: 

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Grade Level

1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade


Social Studies

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Statue of Liberty

The students enjoyed the lesson, but they would have been more engaged with an activity involving more than coloring.

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Excelent!!! I will continue using this kind of material for my science classes!!!