Lesson Plan

The Liberty Bell as a Modern Symbol, grades K-2

Color photo of the Liberty Bell shown from the side, with the brown wooden yoke resting on two steel supports.
The symbolism of the Liberty Bell makes it still relevant today.

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Grade Level:
Kindergarten-Second Grade
Subject:
Community, History, Social Studies
Duration:
One to two class sessions
Group Size:
Up to 36
Setting:
classroom
National/State Standards:
Reading Information Text RI 5.1, Speaking and Listening SL 5.1, SL 5.2
Keywords:
Liberty Bell, Freedom, Symbolism

Overview

Students will discuss what a symbol is through various examples.  They will learn how the Liberty Bell is used as a symbol for different people, and develop vocabulary pertaining to the Liberty Bell.

Objective(s)

  • Students will develop an understanding of the Liberty Bell as a modern symbol of liberty and freedom through class discussions, a read-aloud, and the creation of a class bulletin board.

  • Students will discuss what a symbol is through various examples, learn how the Liberty Bell is used as a symbol for different people, and develop vocabulary pertaining to the Liberty Bell.

Materials

  • Chart paper/markers
  • 2-3 examples of symbols (American flag, sports logo, stop sign, etc.)
  • The Liberty Bell by Lloyd G. Douglas
  • Class set of "Liberty is in our Hands" activity sheet
  • Bulletin board with Liberty Bell outline with the title "Liberty is in our Hands"
  • Liberty Bell coloring page for post-lesson activity

Procedure

Park Connections

This lesson plan helps students understand the symbolism of the Liberty Bell.

Extensions

  • Answer the Essential Questions with the class and add their answers to the chart.
  • Review with students that the Liberty Bell is a symbol of freedom, liberty, hope, and so on. Ask students if they think our soldiers overseas would know the Liberty Bell as a symbol. Ask students how they think the soldiers would feel if someone sent them a picture of the Liberty Bell. Tell students that they are going to get the chance to make a soldier very happy by sending them the symbol of the Liberty Bell with their own message on the back. Have students color the Liberty Bell on the attached coloring sheet and help students write a message on the back. Contact your local representative to find out how to send your Liberty Bell symbols to troops overseas.

Vocabulary

Symbol- a drawing or an object that stands for something else
Freedom- being able to go where you want or do what you want
Liberty- freedom
Proclaim- to speak out
Inhabitants- people who live in a certain place