Grade Levels: K-3

In this set of activities adaptable for grades K-3, parents and educators will find ideas for teaching about the Statue of Liberty and its history. These activities are designed to complement the BrainPOP Jr. Statue of Liberty topic page, which includes a movie, quizzes, online games, printable activities, and more.

Classroom Activities for Teaching About the Statue of Liberty

School Monument

Remind students that a monument is a statue, building, or other structure that honors a person, event, or an idea. Together as a class, plan a monument for your school. Choose something the whole class would like to support or honor. Brainstorm different ideas. For example, you might want to create a monument to raise awareness for a cause, or create a statue that represents education and progress. Encourage students to be creative. Then plan the monument together. Small groups can come up with different ideas and sketch their plans. What does each part of the monument represent? Then, create your monument together. You may want to use found objects or do a collage so all the students can participate.


Together, discuss a different monument that honors a specific person. You may want to look at pictures of the Lincoln Memorial or the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C. How are they alike or different? Then have students create a plan for a monument that honors a personal hero or role model. This person could be a leader in history or a close family member or friend. Have students create a plan or drawing and write a profile or short biography about the person. You may want to share the Biography movie for review.

Family and Homeschool Activities for Teaching About the Statue of Liberty

Symbols in Art

Review different symbols with your child. For example, a horseshoe is a symbol of good luck, and a hammer is a symbol of work. Then, go to an art museum or gallery with your child and look for symbols in paintings or sculptures. Discuss different works together. Your child may want to take notes about artists or works he or she likes, or do quick sketches of inspiring works.

Poem in Your Pocket

Together with your child, write a poem. Encourage your child to use symbols in his or her poem. What idea or feeling would your child like to communicate? Have your child write the poem and illustrate it. Then have him or her share it with family members or friends and discuss the poem with them. What symbols can others find in the poem?