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The Mighty Colorado River

Rainbow Readers R3

The Mighty Colorado River


The Mighty Colorado River

Step 1. Key Words

Read the words and write the meaning of the words in your mother tongue.
 
shape n. the outline of something’s form                       
The river changes its shape and size many times along the way. 
 
coast n. the side or border of land next to the sea                         
The journey to the coast in Mexico is very long. 
 
state n. a region inside a country with its own administration                           
The Colorado River passes through seven states on the way. 
 
canyon n. a deep valley with steep sides                           
The Colorado River passes through Marble Canyon in North Arizona. 
 
tourist n. a person who travels for the purpose of seeing new places                         
Many tourists visit the canyon every day. 
 
cross v. to pass from one side of something to the other                           
Many bridges cross the river. 
 
raft v. to float down a river in an inflatable boat                               
People come here to swim, fish, and raft. 
 
dam n. a barrier across a river that controls the flow of water                         
The Hoover Dam makes electricity with water! 
 
park n. a public area of land with grass and trees where people go to enjoy the outdoors                     
The Colorado River has many parks along the way, too! 
 
mighty  adj.  big  and  impressive  in  size,  scope,  or  extent
The Colorado River is beautiful and mighty. 
 
 

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Step 2. Comprehen
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Circle ( ∂ ) Yes or No.


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5.

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Step 3. Summary

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