Friday, October 19, 2012

The Statue of Liberty!

Mrs. Yollis visited the Statue of Liberty when she was in New York for the Google Teacher Academy. (Here is a link to resources from the Google Teacher Academy.)

Today, students looked up facts about the Statue of Liberty, and we "jigsawed"  the facts together in this post! The text is a great complement to Mrs. Yollis' photographs!

The Statue of Liberty is a patriotic symbol of freedom.

Visitors from all over the world come to Liberty Island to view The Statue of Liberty.
Tourist must pay a fee to board a ship that will take them to Liberty Island.

The tourists approach Liberty Island.

Tourists disembark the ship on a gangway
(Can you tell what disembark means? Use the context clues!)


  Liberty Enlightening the World!

(That is her real name!)

Lady Liberty, as she is nicknamed, is about 305 feet tall from the ground to the torch. She was a gift of friendship from the French. The Statue of Liberty is a symbol for freedom.

Many immigrants passed Lady Liberty on their way to Ellis Island. Ellis Island was an immigration station. It is now a national monument.

What does the word immigrant mean? 

What is a monument

There were many park rangers at the Statue of Liberty. Park rangers share factual information, give tours, teach classes, and make sure tourist follow the rules of the park. Park rangers wear uniforms and have badges. The national park system has an online web ranger site! 

Park Rangers at the National Monument

Here, a park ranger is leading a class. Read her document about Alexandre Eiffel! 

The statue has an iron framework on the inside, but the sculpture is made of copper. The copper is approximately two pennies thick.

The Statue of Liberty is a beautiful statue from any angle. 

The Statue of Liberty has many special features.

Each feature has its own subheading


The crown has seven rays. Each rays represents one of the seven continents. 

The crown will be open for visitors at the end of October!


The torch symbolizes liberty enlightening the world. Liberty means freedom.  

The Statue of Liberty's right arm is 42 feet in length!

In 1916, flood lights were installed inside the torch.  In 1984, the torch was changed. Now light reflects OFF the gold torch rather than having lights inside the torch. 

The ranger said the torch is covered in gold leaf. 

Sadly, no visitors are allowed in the torch. Read below to learn more about the torch.
(Click photo to enlarge.) 


(Click to enlarge.)


The Statue of Liberty is dressed in a Greek robe. The robe is a symbol that Greece was where democracy started.

What is democracy

Do you see the panels of copper that were put together?
She is made of 300 copper pieces.  

Because she was closed, Mrs. Yollis could not get a photo of the broken chains around her feet. The broken chains symbolize freedom. 


The tablet has July 4, 1776 on it. That represents America's birthday! 

The numbers are in Roman numerals. 
Leave a comment with 1776 in Roman numerals!

Roman numeral key:   

M=1,000   D=500   C=100   L=50   X=10   V=5   I=1

Mrs. Yollis was thrilled that she got to see this powerful American symbol! She was a little disappointed that she could not go in, but is happy for the people who will get to go inside when she reopens on October 28. 

Can you add any new facts about the Statue of Liberty?

Have you ever visited this national monument? 


  1. Dear Mrs Yollis,

    Thank you for sharing with us all this wonderful post. I learnt a great deal of interesting information about this wonderful Statue.

    When I think about the USA that is the first thing which comes to mind it's such a great statue which represents so much.
    Is it true that high up in the crown there is a restaurant?

    I remember reading that the statue of liberty was made by F.A.Bartholdi is this true.

    After reading your post I really felt like I was right there with you Mrs Yollis visiting this amazing statue.

    Great photos too really felt like I could touch this great statue.

    From your pal,

    1. @ AA, (A parent from Australia)

      I'm glad you enjoyed our post about The Statue of Liberty. It was one of the highlights of my trip. I've seen so many photos of her and read many stories, but to stand at the pedestal and see her for myself was very moving.

      The students used the resources I got from the park ranger to write this blog post. Each student contributed their part to the story! :-)

      Sadly, the statue was not open while I was there. They were finishing up renovations, and she will open at the end of October. It is her 125 anniversary! Visitors can reserve a ticket to climb all the way to the crown. There are viewing windows, but no restaurant.

      I will always remember my time spent at Liberty Island with The Statue of Liberty. What a memorable trip!

      Your friend,
      Mrs. Y♥llis

  2. Hello Student Bloggers!

    I am a teacher in New York City, and I was very lucky to meet your teacher, Mrs. Yollis, when we attended the Google Teacher Academy together. Isn't she fun?!

    I loved reading your post about one of my hometown's most famous landmarks, Lady Liberty. While Mrs. Yollis' photos were beautiful, my favorite part of this post was how carefully and thoughtfully you wrote up your research. I think it was very clever of you to dissect the statue into parts and then describe each section (crown, torch, tablet) in specific detail. It seems like you learned a lot about the statue -- you probably know more than the average New Yorker!

    Thank you for sharing your post with me,

    Ms. Kirsch

  3. @ Mrs Yollis students,

    A huge thank you as this post you wrote was truly wonderful I really felt like I was a tourist visiting this grand lady. Your research was outstanding and you covered all the questions I wanted to know.
    Outstanding work everyone!
    Sincerely AA.

    @ Mrs Yollis,

    What an experience to be standing next to such a grand lady. Something that I need to do when I come to the USA one day! :)


  4. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    I've been to New York City and have seen the Statue of Liberty. I didn't get to climb to the torch. It was really hot when I went, so I didn't get to see it that long. At first it was Copper, now it is greenish. I wonder who saw it when it was copper.

    Mrs. Ranney's student,

  5. Dear Mrs Yollis and class,

    This post brought back so many wonderful memories of my recent trip to New York City!

    You included so much interesting information in the post and I liked your jigsaw idea. You've shown that when working together you can achieve fantastic results.

    When I was visiting Lady Liberty I enjoyed listening to the audio tour, as I'm sure Mrs Yollis did. I also really enjoyed touring Ellis Island which is just a few minutes away by ferry. I bet Mrs Yollis enjoyed learning about the immigration history of your country too?

    I'm excited to hear that people can start visiting the inside of the statue again in just one week. It would be a long way for 4KM and 4KJ students to travel but I hope lots of Mrs Yollis' students get to visit Lady Liberty one day!

    Your friend in Australia,
    Mrs M☀rris

  6. Aloha Mrs. Yollis and class,
    Even though I have never been to New York or had the opportunity to see the Statue of Liberty I remember what my grandmother told me about her experience. She saw Lady Liberty when she arrived in the United States from her native Croatia and said her heart was full and there were tears in her eyes. It was a very moving moment because she was going to begin a new life in a new country.

    You all did a wonderful job and your text compliments the wonderful photos of that very special teacher of yours.

    A hui hou,
    Mrs. Jacobs

  7. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    I really enjoyed your beautiful photos of the Statue of Liberty. It was really nice that you were able to take close up shots of her so we can see it very clearly. I also learned many things about the Statue from your post. I have never been to New York, but would like to go very much one day.

    Your former student,

  8. Dear Mrs. Yollis

    I had been to New York many times. Sadly, I have never seen or been to Liberty Island or the statue of liberty. The tablet that Liberty is holding has MDIILXXVI in Roman Numerals. It would be delightful to see the statue of liberty.

    The statue of liberty represents liberty(freedom). She holds a torch that represents her full name Liberty Enlightening the World. The torch is held by the right arm. Liberty Enlightning the World is a gift from the French. The French gave the Americans the Statue of Liberty because the Statue of Liberty is a gift of friendship.

    Do you want to go to the top of the Satue of Liberty?

    Your freedom-loving student,


    1. Dear Chloe,

      You are right! On the tablet the Statue of Liberty has the letters in Roman numerals. Try to figure out what these letters say: XIV. Here is what it means. It means: fourteen. I challenge you to write a number with Roman numerals and tell me the answer. Now try to figure out what number this is: XIII. (The answer will be on the bottom of the comment.) Yes, I would like to go to the top of the Statue of Liberty (Liberty Enlightening the World.)

      Disembark means to get off a ship, aircraft, or other vehicle like: "I disembarked at Washington D.C. airport." Did you ever disembarked at an airport?

      Your freedom-loving friend,

      P.S. What was your job to the Statue of Liberty? Mine was the right arm. P.S. (again) Here is the answer to the second Roman numeral. The answer is: thirteen.

  9. Dear Mrs. Yollis,
    Thank you for the informative post from your trip to New York.
    To answer your question, an immigrant is a person who moves permanently from one country another country.
    I have visited the Statue of Liberty and she is truly an amazing sight to see up close and in person.

    Shannon- Collin's mom

  10. Dear Mrs. Yollis and class,

    Now this post was a challenge. How much of your Statue of Liberty facts did I already know? As I have never been to New York, my knowledge comes from online sources, documentaries and movies (but movies aren’t always reliable as some show it being destroyed).

    The Statue of Liberty is a patriotic symbol of freedom… I did know this. I can remember seeing a documentary on Ellis Island and its status as the gateway for immigrants entering U.S.A.. Seeing the excitement of the immigrants when they first saw the Statue of Liberty showed how it meant they now had a chance at a better life in a free country.

    Liberty Island… I have often seen films showing tourists on the island. I know I would join them if I ever visited New York. Who could go to New York and not try to visit?

    Liberty Enlightening the World… I didn’t know this was the real name. I thought it was only known as Lady Liberty.

    A gift from France… I did know this but did you know there are three replicas of the statue in France? Two are in Paris and the third is in the town of Colmar where the Statue of Liberty designer was born.

    Iron and copper… I did know the statue has an iron substructure and copper coating. For the outside, the greenish colour is a give away the skin is copper.

    Crown… I didn’t know the seven rays stood for the seven continents nor the crown isn’t always open to visitors.

    Torch… I knew the torch was a beacon for liberty but not that it was 42 feet long. I may be wrong but I think once could climb up to the torch itself but that was stopped.
    I didn’t know lights had once been inside the torch. I always thought it had been lit from the outside.
    Even though gold leaf is very thin, it would be expensive to cover the torch. I didn’t realise it was covered in real gold.

    The pedestal… Being interested in geology, I recognised the pedestal was most likely granite. Granite is also a common, strong stone in my area.

    Her robe… Again I didn't know the robe was based on the ancient Greek robes but I did know the concept of democracy started in Greece.
    Did you know, in ancient Athens, slaves and non-citizens didn’t have the right to vote and women, whether citizens or not, also couldn’t vote? Their democracy was only for male citizens so Lady Liberty would not have been allowed to vote back then. The robe symbolises the idea of democracy, an essential part of both the United States and Australia as well as many countries.

    Broken chains symbolising freedom… I didn’t know there were broken chains at her feet.

    The tablet… I did know it had July IV, MDCCLXXVI on it. I always liked Roman numerals because they were based on five rather than our ten.

    Thank you for sharing all of the information. You’ve helped me learn new things about Liberty Enlightening the World!

    Teacher (retired), N.S.W., Australia

  11. Hi this is not a comment on this post - it´s a comment to Linda Yollis and her wonderful pupils. I did not find any other way to get in contact:)

    Hi Linda (and pupils)!
    Thanks for sharing the art of educational blogging! This summer I read a guest post by Kathleen Morris in Free Technology for Teachers. Her guest-post encouraged me that I was on the right track with my work with my pupils and our blogs. It also gave me inspiration to step it up when it comes to using the blog as a tool for developing of literacy. Some of her links in the post led me to you and your work with blogs in the classroom. Your work inspired me a lot! I especially love the film you and your pupils made about Quality Commenting. It´s adorable and at the same time ver informative.

    Last week I held a talk to a group of language teachers in a literacy network here in Uppsala, Sweden. I talked about blogs and literacy. I used my own experience of my work with pupils and blogs and blended it with inspirations from you, Kathleen Morris and Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano. It felt really good to be able to inspire and challenge these teachers to use a new tool in the classroom.

    In this blogpost you can see my Power Point from that day: (it´s in Swedish…)

    Here you can see and download a poster of great commenting tips (in Swedish and in English)

    Ones again: Thanks for sharing!

    Regards Elisabet Jagell, Uppsala, Sweden

  12. Wow! Thank you for sharing your great work. Our second grade class is getting ready to study U.S. symbols. I can't wait to share your hard work with them.

    Mrs. Williams

  13. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    This picture brings back memories from when my wife and I traveled to NYC. I adored the torch and the statue made me feal proud to be an american.

    Your Friend,
    Mark (Collin's dad)

  14. Dear Mrs Yollis and class,

    Did you know that the Statue of Liberty is 297 feet tall?!

    My mom says that I will go there one day.

    I'm excited. My mom was born in New York and that's where the Statue of Liberty is.

    Your blogging friend,


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