Celebrating A Symbol

Statue of Liberty with the NYC skyline; Pink and yellow clouds reflect sunset colors.
The Statue of Liberty at sunset.

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The Statue of Liberty is known around the world as a symbol of freedom, but she is even more! Knowing more about several individual symbols found on Lady Liberty can help to better understand her symbolism. Knowing more about the people behind her creation can help to better appreciate the artistry behind the statue. Knowing more about her interior framework can help to marvel at the engineering that has kept the Statue of Liberty standing strong for over 125 years.

"Celebrating a Symbol" is a self-guided, curriculum-based program for students in 4th, 5th, and 6th grade. This program can be used as a short unit in its entirety OR a selection of these lessons can be used to help your students learn about the Statue of Liberty before, during, or after a visit (several can be used in the classroom even without a visit to Liberty Island!). 

Table of Contents:


  • Brief History of the Statue of Liberty

Pre-Visit Lessons:

  • Introductory Lesson: What is a Symbol?
  • Hidden in Plain Sight: The Symbols of the Statue of Liberty
  • TEAM LIBERTY: The Ideas and the People Behind the Statue of Liberty
  • Built to Last: Eiffel's Amazing Engineering

Lessons for Liberty Island:

  • (Trip information, Regulations, Tickets, and Directions)
  • Trip Map and Lesson for Pedestal/Museum
  • Trip Map and Lessons for Grounds Only

Post-Visit and Cumulative Lessons:

  • The New Colossus--Mother of Exiles
  • Celebrating Liberty


Architecture (Building Styles and Methods), Art, Engineering, History, Immigration, Language Arts, Mathematics, Poetry, Science and Technology, Social Studies
National/State Standards:
New York Standards:
English/Language Arts 1-4
Math/Science/Tech. 1, 2, 4, 6
Social Studies 1, 5

New Jersey Standards:
Language Arts/Literacy 31.-3.5
Mathematics 4.2
Science 5.2, 5.7
Social Studies 6.2, 6.4

Last updated: February 26, 2015