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The Statue of Liberty was a gift from France to honor the friendship between its people and the United States. She is made of copper and stands more than 150 feet (46 m) tall. People come from all around the world to see her.

People can read Emma Lazarus’s poem in the statue’s museum. The poem reads in part: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses.” It is saying other countries can send their people to the United States. Lady Liberty welcomes them all.

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Making Connections


It took nine years to build the statue. Think of something you’ve built. How long did it take you? How did you feel when it was completed?


Have you read about any other symbols of the United States? What did you learn about them? How are they similar to or different from the Statue of Liberty?


The statue is a symbol because it stands for something else. What other symbols do you see in your life? What do they stand for?

Teacher Resources

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