Saturday, October 29, 2011

Happy Birthday Statue of Liberty!

This week, the Statue of Liberty turns 125! My fourth graders are reading  Lily and Miss Liberty by Deborah Kogan Ray. Its a short historical fiction story which explains how children throughout the country raised pennies to help pay for Liberty's pedestal.
We also read A Picnic in October by my favorite author, Eve Bunting. In true Bunting fashion, she leads the reader to think the birthday party the children are preparing for is for their grandmother, an Italian immigrant. At the end of the story we learn that Grandma and family celebrate Lady Liberty's birthday in front of the statue every year. It's become a family tradition, a way of thanking America for welcoming Grandma when she was a young Italian immigrant.
To add to the fun this week we did a few more projects:

Here I am in my Halloween costume. I don't look bad for 125 yrs old!
Here is an art project we did on the Statue of Libery

1 comment:

  1. Hi Christine!

    I love your site--partly because I spend too much of my paycheck on books... and you always have good book recommendations. I've learned A LOT from your posts and I have gotten some great ideas. Thanks for sharing great stuff!

    Happy November!

    Finding JOY in 6th Grade