Every other year, the 3rd and 4th grade learn about Kentucky History. One of the lessons that I like to share with the class is about the Kentucky Derby. We are currently on the off year, however, I promised the class that I would do the activity this year.
Step 1: I will assign each student a horse that will be running in the Derby. As you may know, this list can change up to the day of the derby, so your student’s horse may not remain the same throughout this project. I will award the “owners” of the top 3 horses on Monday after the race.
Step 2: Each student will design a derby hat. They can be as creative as they want. We will wear the hats the Friday before Derby Day (May 5th). I will ask the other teachers to judge the hats and we will have winners for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. Please do not buy a Derby Hat (which can be expensive). Instead, find a hat and decorate it as the student wants. Students in the past used flowers, ribbons, horse cut outs or small figures, horseshoes, and other items made out of foam or paper and glued them to a hat. Have fun and be creative!
Any other activity will take place in the classroom. If you have any questions please email me.