Here in Southern Indiana/Louisville area, the Kentucky Derby is pretty much one of the most exciting times of the year. We really get into it here, and it trickles into our classrooms.
At my school, it has been a long standing tradition to do a stick horse race on Derby Eve. After making these horses with yard sticks (donated by Home Depot) and a paper pattern that is probably older than the school itself, we compete in the Run for the Reeses.
This little guy was last year's winner. Get it? Run for the Reeses??? :)
While there aren't many picture books about the Kentucky Derby itself, we use this theme as an introduction to our farm theme, which always follows Derby week. We read a lot of books about horses, and then lead into other farm animals. It's a great week, and I hope that you are thinking about celebrating the best two minutes in sports in your classroom!
Last year, I created a small little mini-unit for TPT all about the Derby. While traveling to my in-laws for Easter dinner, I expanded this unit to a whopping 83 pages. I love these math and literacy stations, and I know my students will love them as well. Make sure to add your copy to your cart so your kiddos can enjoy some Derby Fun!
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