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Lady Liberty (pp. 454–455)

Step 1. Questions

The Statue of Liberty was brought to the United States from France in the late 1800s. It was a shiny reddish-brown color. Now the Statue of Liberty is green. How did this change happen?

Summarize how the Statue of Liberty's color changed over time. You should research the process on the Internet and use the information on pages 454–455 of your textbook. Here are some questions to guide your research:
  • What material was the outside of the Statue of Liberty made of?
  • Why was that material chosen?
  • How did the Statue of Liberty change color over time?
Are you ready? Begin by visiting the Web sites listed in Step 2. Look for answers to the questions above. Write down what you learn in the note-taking boxes.

With teacher supervision, you may use search engines to research other Web sites. You also can research the Statue of Liberty at the library. When you are ready, follow Steps 3 and 4 to write your summary.

Step 2. Research

Research answers to the questions you were asked in Step 1. Visit these Web sites. Take notes about them on this page, too!

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Gold's Glittery Rewards
Visit this Web page to learn why copper changes color but gold does not. Read about the patina on the Statue of Liberty. This Web page was created by Science News for Kids.
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Statue of Liberty National Monument
This Web page is part of the National Park Service's Web site for the Statue of Liberty. Read the first two questions and answers to learn about the changing color of Lady Liberty.
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The Statue of Liberty: Enduring and Beautiful
This Web page is provided by the Copper Development Association. Read to get the main idea. Why was copper a good material for the outer layer of the Statue of Liberty? Some parts of the statue have been fixed or replaced over time. However, the copper has stayed strong.
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