Thursday, January 26, 2012

Lady Liberty

We have been living in Lady Liberty world this week.  Each day we read a little bit, from the book Lady Liberty.  Amazing illustrations and the pages switch between each of the people who had a part in dreaming, creating, financing, and building the famous statue.

We have also been viewing live Liberty cams.  This website is so fun.  Live cams from famous places all around the earth.  We have been viewing the ones from the Statue of Liberty. 

There are so many great units out there in the blogosphere!  U is for U.S.A. from, America Math and Literacy FunAmerican Centers and More are three of the units we have been using for tons of fun.  As well as our GLAD units.

Here are the step by step directions, I had students follow:
Steps 1, 2, and 3
Steps 4,5, and 6.  Sorry about the orientation!

We used oil pastels and drew some step by step drawings of a close up view of Lady Liberty.  Thank you We Heart Art for the drawing help.  My kiddos said they looked like the Starbucks girl:-)

We also wanted to find out how the Statue of Liberty turned green, so we put pennies in vinegar and salt and left them to soak overnight.  LOVE the trays.  They are from IKEA and good for everything....painting, putting out group love!

Unfortunately, the vinegar smell has taken over the classroom.
 Finally we measured the length of the Statue of Liberty's foot.  (25 feet!)  Then we predicted if our class, standing shoulder to shoulder, would be equal to, less than, or greater than the length of the foot.

Standing right next to it, to see how much space he was using.
All lined up, testing our predictions!
And recording our data and results.

And we learned Portlandia is the second largest free standing copper statue!  (Liberty the first, of course)  And to view it, it is just a 20 minute drive into Portland.

Happy Thursday,


  1. Love these activities! Have you read the book, Lily and Miss Liberty by Carla Stevens? It's a precious short chapter book about a girl and her classmates as they try to raise money for the pedestal. So sweet!

    Peace, Love and First Grade

    1. I haven't heard of that book. Looked it up and put it on hold. Thanks for the suggestion!

  2. They turned out grrrrreat! Love them- and yes, I suppose hey do look like the starbizzle girl! Thanks for sharing! Www.our art

    1. Your welcome! Love the inspiration at your blog!

  3. Those Lady Liberties are so wonderful. I must pin!

    Forever in First

  4. I can't wait to try out the Lady Liberties. I hope you don't mind but can you send me directions. I didn't see any on We Heart Art.

    I usually have my kids dress up as the Statue of Liberty and take pictures. They are so cute.

    1. I can't wait to see the pictures of your kids as Lady Liberty!
      Here is the link to We Heart Art's Liberties.

      We did it step by step and drew each part all together. When I get to school, I will take pictures of each step and send them to you.