Horses & The Kentucky Derby
The running of the Kentucky Derby and our rich equine heritage definitely make life unique in our great Commonwealth of Kentucky. Here are a few facts and activities to add to your lesson plans this week:
HORSES BY THE NUMBERS
Have students look at the executive summary of the 2012 Kentucky Equine Survey. Surveyors collected several data points to measure the impact the horse industry has on Kentucky such as numbers of horses, how they are used, their value, and how much land is dedicated to horse activities. Then have the students answer the following questions:
Students may also learn more about our horse heritage by watching this video from the Kentucky Horse Council:
Derby Lessons from the Kentucky Derby Museum
Have students read An Introduction to the Kentucky Derby - the "Greatest Two Minutes in Sports" and then write a list of fun Derby facts to ask others.
Place each of the Kentucky Derby Winners' names in a "hat" and have the students draw a horse. Students should research their horse and answer the following questions:
Record information on this coloring sheet provided by KyAEC. If the students need help, visit https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kentucky_Derby. Some horses' names are linked for additional information.
Once all of the information is recorded, have students line themselves up in order based on the winning time of their horse. The student with the fastest time is the winner.
Need a quicker option? Here is a list of Derby winners' names with the times listed. Just print, cut, place in a hat, and go. Students may then research their horses for an enrichment project.
Digging Deeper: Have students plot a line graph of the horses' times by year. Have horses gotten faster, slower, or stayed the same over the past 140 years?
Horse and Horse Racing Vocabulary
Horse Books to Read
Kentucky Derby Seek n Find