Liberty Bell Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

What is the Liberty Bell and how does it factor into America's history? This lesson plan uses a text lesson to outline the history of the Liberty Bell for the class. An activity gives students a hands-on connection to the Liberty Bell.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • explain what the Liberty Bell is
  • list key characteristics of the Liberty Bell
  • discuss the history and significance of the Liberty Bell

Length

1.5 to 2 hours

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.4.1

Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.4.2

Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.4.3

Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.4.4

Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words or phrases in a text relevant to a grade 4 topic or subject area.

Materials

  • A photograph of the Liberty Bell
  • Paper copies of the text lesson Liberty Bell Facts: Lesson for Kids, one for each student
  • A worksheet created using the quiz from the associated text lesson, one for each student
  • Modeling clay
  • Toothpicks
  • Paper plates
  • Markers and colored pencils
  • Bronze acrylic paint
  • Paintbrushes

Key Vocabulary

  • Liberty Bell
  • Abolitionists

Instructions

  • Display the photograph of the Liberty Bell for the class.
    • Who can name the item featured in the photograph?
  • Pass out the Liberty Bell Facts: Lesson for Kids text lesson.
  • Instruct the students to take turns reading a few lines each aloud from the introduction and 'The Liberty Bell' section of the text lesson.
    • Did anyone correctly identify the item in the photograph as the Liberty Bell?
    • Why is the Liberty Bell cracked?
    • The lesson explains that the Liberty Bell weighs 2080 pounds. Can you name any items that weigh about the same as the Liberty Bell?
    • Why does the Liberty Bell represent freedom in America?
  • Tell the class to take turns reading a few lines each aloud from 'The Liberty Bell as a Bell' section of the text lesson now.
    • Why was the Liberty Bell created?
  • Ask the students to take turns reading aloud 'The Liberty Bell as a Symbol' section of the text lesson.
    • Who were the abolitionists?
    • Why did the abolitionists quote the words on the bell in their writings?
  • Have the class take turns reading the remainder of the text lesson now.
    • Why is the Liberty Bell an important part of America's history?
  • Review key points from the text lesson with the class before continuing.
  • Pass out the worksheet and instruct the students to work independently to complete it, using what they learned from the text lesson and class discussion.
  • When all students have finished the worksheet, review each question and answer with the class, allowing the students to make any necessary changes to their responses as you go.

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