Down the Colorado is a picture book by Deborah Kogan Ray about John Wesley Powell's life. The book has beautiful pictures and gives a good account of Powell's life for the elementary age student. I wrote this when I was a 4th grade teacher, because it went very well with our standards and our trip to the Grand Canyon. I now teach 3rd grade and would use it for 3rd graders, as well. It could be adapted for 3rd grade through 6th grade. My students are very interested in reading this book and completing the literature study. I always include having them draw pictures as it taps into another intelligence.
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