Grand Canyon Project Ideas

Instructor: Grace Pisano

Grace has a bachelor's degree in history and a master's degree in teaching. She previously taught high school in several states around the country.

In this resource, you will find a collection of project ideas for your high school students to do on the Grand Canyon. Students will work individually and in groups to learn more about the natural wonder.

The Grand Canyon

One of the most visited National Parks in the United States and voted one of seven Natural Wonders of the World, the Grand Canyon is a sight to behold. If you've traveled to this National Park before, you know exactly what makes this geographic feature so magical. However, not everyone may have the opportunity to do this. In these projects, your students will be learning more about the details of what the Grand Canyon looks like, how it was made and specific features in the national park. Two of the projects will be completed individually and one will be a group project.

Grand Canyon: The Highlights (Group Project)

For this project, you will break your class into four groups representing the four main divisions of the Grand Canyon: North Rim, South Rim, Desert View Watchtower and river basin. Each group will create a presentation (poster or slide show, teacher preference) about their area. The poster or slide show should include the following information:

  • Map showing the area within the broader Grand Canyon
  • Detailed hand-drawn map of a specific area that highlights major things (historic features, tourist destinations) within section
  • Primary geographic features
  • Section's importance in history
  • Select three features of the area, for each feature include an image, title, and description of why this place matters
  • Three question quiz about the information in their presentation

After creating the slide show or poster, the group will teach their section of the Grand Canyon to the class. At the end of the presentation, the group will give the rest of their classmates the quiz on their section. This will encourage students to pay attention and ensure they retain the most essential facts.

  • Materials needed: poster board or technology (tablet or computer)

Trip Creation

For this project, students will plan a four-day trip to the Grand Canyon. Students may elect to stay in one area of the canyon the entire time or travel to different parts of the canyon. Students should utilize online resources to plan the trip. A great place to start is the National Park Service's website on the Grand Canyon. Students will be turning in an itinerary for their trip that is broken down by day. For each day, students should include the following information

  • Lodging
  • Place(s) to eat
  • Activities for the day with approximate time they will take
  • A two paragraph reflection that describes why they picked the destinations and activities they did.

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