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Famous United States Landmarks Robin A. Zelinski EDE 417 Unit: Famous U.S. Landmarks Grade: 2 nd Grade Join us as we visit the Statue of Liberty and the White House Objectives Students will learn background information on the White House and the Statue of Liberty

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famous united states landmarks

Famous United States Landmarks

Robin A. Zelinski

EDE 417

unit famous u s landmarks
Unit: Famous U.S. Landmarks
  • Grade: 2nd Grade
  • Join us as we visit the Statue of Liberty and the White House
objectives
Objectives
  • Students will learn background information on the White House and the Statue of Liberty
  • Students will practice their letter writing and editing skills
  • Students will understand the meaning of a symbol
  • Students will chart what they know about these landmarks and what they will learn
introduction of the statue of liberty
It is located on Bedloe Island (Liberty Island) and rises above the New York Harbor

She was a gift of friendship from France

The statue was sculpted by Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi

Lady Liberty was shipped in 350 pieces across the Atlantic Ocean

Introduction of the Statue of Liberty
statue of liberty facts
354 stairs to the top

25 windows in her crown

7 spikes represent each continent

Made of copper

Weighs 450,000 pounds

151 ft tall

$270,000 to create

Took 9 years to build

Required 250 crates to ship to U.S.

Based on a woman’s shoe size, her size is 879

Statue of Liberty Facts
activity 1
Activity #1
  • Read and Show the Robert Sabuda book, America the Beautiful
  • Students will create a K-W-L chart for the White House and the Statue of Liberty
materials 1
Materials #1
  • K-W-L chart (preprinted)
  • Pencils
  • Computer
  • Books
activity 2
Read the chapter about the Statue of Liberty in Red, White, Blue, and Uncle Who? By Teresa Bateman

The students will write a thank-you letter to Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi for the birthday gift they gave the United States on July 4, 1884

Activity #2
materials activity 2
Book

Notebook paper, envelopes, crayons, pencils

Pictures of the Statue of Liberty

Materials Activity #2
activity 3
As a class, we will discuss what a symbol and memorial is, and as a class come up with examples of other memorials or symbols.

Students will then create a “memorial” of an event in their life that was important to them.

The students can use any of the art supplies provided to create their memorial.

Activity #3
materials activity 3
Materials Activity #3
  • Paper
  • Pencils
  • Crayons
  • Watercolor pencils or paint
  • Clay
introduction of the white house
Introduction of the White House
  • Official residence of the President of the United States
  • 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington DC
  • Home of all the Presidents, except George Washington
  • Construction of the White House began on October 13, 1792
introduction continued
Introduction Continued
  • During the War of 1812, the White House was set on fire and rebuilt in 1817
  • The White House sits on 18 acres
  • The President’s office is called, “The Oval Office”
activity 4
Activity #4
  • The class will create a book for the President and send it to the White House
  • Each child will create a page for the book
  • Ideas they can write about:
    • What they like about the US?
    • How they can make the US a better place?
    • They can ask the President a question
materials activity 4
Materials Activity #4
  • Paper
  • Pencils
  • Crayons
  • Colored pencils
  • Colored paper for cover page
activity 5
Activity #5
  • Students will work with a partner to make a diorama of one room in the White House of their choosing, when everyone is done, we will bring them all together to make our version of the “White House”
materials activity 5
Materials Activity #5
  • Shoe boxes
  • Glue/tape
  • Magazines
  • Computer
  • Plastic figurines
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Yarn/fabric
  • buttons
websites
Websites
  • The National Park Service
  • http://www.nps.gov/stli/
  • Fact Monster
  • http://www.factmonster.com/ipka/A0877632.html
  • The White House for Kids
  • http://www.whitehouse.gov/kids/
  • Kidz World
  • http://www.kidsworld.com/
websites continued
Websites Continued
  • Ben’s Guide to U.S. Government for Kids
  • http://bensguide.gpo.gov/3-5/symbols/index.html
  • U.S. Symbols, Landmarks and Monuments
  • http://www.lkwdpl.org/schools/elempath/landmarks/
  • Statue of Liberty Facts
  • http://www.endex.com/gf/buildings/liberty/libertyfacts.htm