The Statue of Liberty stands in New York Harbor. But did you know that she’s not just standing? In fact, the heel of her right foot is lifted, as if she’s about to take a step. But where would she be going?
Get the facts and have some fun thinking about where Lady Liberty might go with Her Right Foot (Chronicle Books) by Dave Eggers. To win a copy, submit a comment to this blog by 11:59 pm on Wednesday, July 18. In your comment, guess what size shoe the Great Lady would wear. (I’ll give you a hint, it’s less than size 1,000.) You don’t need the right answer to win, so just take a wild guess! One lucky teacher will be randomly selected to win this book.
Here are some monumental freebies, all related to US history, for you to enjoy this week:
Enacted after the Civil War, the 14th Amendment guarantees the rights and privileges of citizenship to anyone born in or naturalized to the United States. The Amendment is 150 years old this year, and the National Constitution Center has a free downloadable calendar packed with historical milestones, holidays, activities, lesson plans, events, and much more. Get yours at constitutioncenter.org/media/files/2018-Civic-CalendarWEB.pdf or click here.
Let Ben Franklin be your guide as students learn about the different branches of government. Ben’s Guide to the US Government includes free games, crossword puzzles, and more. Declare your independence and get started at bensguide.gpo.gov.
Wondering what the news was 100 years ago? 200 years ago? Search America’s historic newspapers from 1789 to 1924 with free access to Chronicling America. Catch the headlines at chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Hope your July 4th holiday includes lots of fireworks, friends, family, fun, and food!
PS: Here’s another fun fact from Her Right Foot: the Statue of Liberty was fully assembled in Paris, then taken apart and shipped to the United States. Reassembling her took hundreds of workers 17 months.