The Grand Canyon is such an amazing feature, and it is hard to fathom just how deep and wide it really is. It’s a wonderful thing to do a unit study on if you are learning about natural landmarks and wonders in the world during your geography studies.
I lived in Arizona half of my life and never saw the Grand Canyon when I was a child. When I was older and married with our first child, I made my husband take us to the Grand Canyon. It was a 5 hour trip. We camped over night on the way there, and then took a fun train ride up to the Canyon the next morning.
When we finally got there, we got out and headed up the trail to the edge of the Canyon. You could see nothing but fog! It was so windy and foggy and you couldn’t see anything but an outline. I may have cried a little bit. Then it started pouring and we were soaked. We went into a restaurant, ate lunch, then ate ice cream under a covered patio in the rain. About an hour before it was time to depart the skies finally cleared and we were able to see the vast Grand Canyon.
Of course, this was a long time ago and I don’t have any digital photos to share with you. Yet, the memories will always be there of our first and only trip we have made so far to the Grand Canyon! If you never think you will make it to the Grand Canyon, or you are planning a trip there in the future, it is fun to learn about it on your own with your children.
Here are some FREE Resources to help you learn more about the Grand Canyon:
FREE Printables and Unit Studies:
Websites and Videos on the Grand Canyon:
Grand Canyon National Park from Google Street View – this is soooo cool!
FREE United States/USA State Study Notebooking Pages – great for learning about the Grand Canyon in the State of Arizona!
We have created some FREE Notebooking units that include the Grand Canyon in them:
Seven Wonders of the Natural World Reading Comprehension Geography Unit – this unit will help you add some interesting geographic facts about the natural wonders with a reading comprehension lesson. This is free for subscribers.
US Natural Landmarks Notebooking Journal – this notebooking journal will have your children exploring 30 natural landmarks and recording what they learn in their very own notebook. The Grand Canyon is one of them. This is available as an Instant Download!
Here are some wonderful books to read about The Grand Canyon:
Charlie and Trike in the Grand Canyon Adventure (The Green Notebook Series)Tino the Tortoise: Adventures in the Grand CanyonGrand CanyonWhat I Saw in Grand Canyon: A Kid’s Guide to the National ParkGood Night Grand Canyon (Good Night Our World)Who Pooped in the Park? Grand Canyon National Park: Scat and Tracks for KidsNational Geographic Park Profiles: Grand Canyon Country: Over 100 Full-Color Photographs, plus Detailed Maps, and Firsthand Information
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