The first day I introduced the project, I told the story of Professor Laboulaye and Bartholdi and the French gift with great symbolism. I told my students how sad it was that Bartholdi is not a household name like Van Gogh and DaVinci, considering he designed one of the most famous statues in the world. We read through the Discover Kids Magazine: Statue of Liberty as a class, and talked about some of the really important photos and key terms about how the Statue was built. Coincidentally, June 17th marks the 130th anniversary of the Statue entering the New York Harbor---it was fun to talk about that date with my classes that week. After reading through the magazine for about 30 minutes, we took a Kahoot quiz over the information using my iPad minis---this helped students retain the information also gave me a chance to go over the rules about using iPads in my art room. Here is a link to the Kahoot Quiz.
NOTE: One girl who is a GIFTED artist, was struggling with this project. I know that she is really good at animals so I said, 'You could just use the statue's pose as inspiration....and make an animal' instead!' She came up with the OH-SO-CUTE cat below! She spent so long drawing it that she ran out of time for painting---she colored hers with construction paper crayons instead. I LOVE IT!