The Statue of Liberty

Today was our trip to the United Stated of America, celebrating Griffin’s birthday. His mum, Ali, came to our classroom draped in a green fabric with a spiky headdress. Who was she dressed up as? We knew that she was going to teach us about the United States of America, but we didn’t know about a lady draped in green with a spiky headdress. She told us that she was a huge statue that you can see standing on an island in New York. The statue is called the “Statue of Liberty”. She was given to America by France and she became an icon of freedom of the United States, and was a welcoming sight to immigrants arriving from abroad. Long ago, people from all over the world were welcomed to America, especially those people who lived in countries where they felt that there was no future for them. Ali showed us a story about children visiting the Statue of Liberty and how you can even go inside. If you have special tickets, you can go all the way up many stairs and you can be inside her crown. We noticed that her crown had seven spikes on it which represent the seven continents in the world. Ali was dressed in green and when we looked at pictures of the statue we saw that it was green, even though it was a shiny brownish colour when it was first made. The shiny brown colour is called copper. Griffin showed us a copper coin. How did the statue go from copper to green? We learnt that sun, water and wind can make copper become green. The word for this is “oxidised”.

The statue arrived in America from France, in boxes so people had to put her together like a puzzle. It came by boat in 214 crates. There are special words written at the bottom of the statue. The Statue of Liberty holds a torch made out of gold, representing fire and in the left hand, she is holding a book of laws. We pretended to be Statues of Liberty, holding a book on one of our hands and holding our other arm up, pretending that we were holding a flaming torch.

 “The Statue of Liberty's torch lights the way to freedom showing us the path to Liberty. Even the Statue's official name represents her most important symbol "Liberty Enlightening the World". The Statue's current replacement torch, added in 1986, is a copper flame covered in 24K gold”

Ali told us that when it is America’s birthday on the 4th July, they have many fireworks displays. So, what a good idea, to make our art project on creating fireworks. She brought along glitter in tubes for us to squeeze, and some blue and red paint. We learnt that America has red, white and blue in the flag, so Ali gave us white paper and we used the red and blue paint to make fireworks, together with the glitter glues. We used forks to make firework shapes instead of brushes, which was a great idea.

   She also put two copper coins into some vinegar and salt so that we could see whether they became green. She took them out of the liquid when she left our classroom and we will look at the coins and see what happens to them. Thanks Ali for coming to teach us about a famous and very important landmark and symbol of the United States of America; and you did it on Griffin’s fourth birthday. We sang happy birthday to Griffin in English and Japanese and then Ali and Griffin pulled the string on crackers just like fireworks.

We sang “Crisscross apple sauce”, and “Ton, ton, ton, ton”. When we sing “Ton, ton, ton, ton” we sing words in Japanese and touch different parts of our bodies. We had a fun time playing outside and when we came back we listened to another chapter of “Wally the Whale”. In this chapter, he was chased by a shark ho didn’t have very good listening ears. Wally told the shark that he was on his way to Japan. Yoohoo!

     We played a matching shapes with objects. We did this on the mat in pairs. Each card had a theme and we needed to work out what the shapes were. They were sort of like shadows. Thanks for a great day and tomorrow is “Photo retake Day”. We look forward to having our class photo take tomorrow.

Love all the children in Petals Class.