On this date...Teddy Roosevelt uses the Antiquities Act to declare the Grand Canyon as a National Monument
Teddy Roosevelt first visited the Grand Canyon area in May 1903 on his first trip to Arizona. He was on a rigorous tour of the west stopping to give speeches along the way. His awe of the natural wonder of the Grand Canyon is evident in this quote and he encourages the caretakers to leave it as it is for "our children's children."
I personally have very vague memories and no personal photos of the Grand Canyon as I made a brief stop there in high school on a school band trip driving to California. Needless to say, the beauty and wonder of the park was incredibly wasted on a teenager. Visiting it again is high on my bucket list (although it also competes with Yellowstone)!
The NPS Grand Canyon website is full of resources for teachers. Traveling trunks are available as well as written lesson plans. Below you will even find a Youtube clip done in partnership with Sesame Street.
I personally love using the book "Whose Tail On The Trail Grand Canyon" when we learn about it. The kids love the rhyming and predictable text and it can serve as a great lesson on adjectives or as a writing prompt.