Kentucky Derby 6th-8th grades

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					Kentucky Derby
                Instructional Unit Resource Guide
Based on Principles of Universal Design and Differentiated Instruction

                        Kentucky Derby
                         6th – 8th grade
                         Angela Harris
              Three Lakes Educational Cooperative

Authors’ Note

I am a 5th through 8th grade special education
instructor at a K-8 school. This will be my third year
teaching special education. Inclusion is strongly
supported in the cooperative that I work for. Before
I signed up for this workshop, I surveyed classroom
teachers for unit ideas. Our 6th & 7th grade
reading/language instructor said that she would like
to do a Kentucky Derby unit during the 2006-2007
school year. I thought that this would be a good
opportunity to research resources for her while at
the same time getting more practice creating a
resource guide.

1     The student reads and comprehends text across the curriculum.
1.3     The student expands vocabulary.
      The student locates and uses reference materials available in the classroom, school, and
1.3.2 public libraries (e.g., dictionaries, thesauri, atlases, encyclopedias, internet) that are
      appropriate to the task.

         The student comprehends a variety of texts (narrative, expository, technical, and
        The student understands the purpose of text features (e.g., title, graphs/charts and
      maps, table of contents, pictures/illustrations, boldface type, italics, glossary, index,
1.4.2 headings, subheadings, topic and summary sentences, captions, sidebars, underlining,
      numbered or bulleted lists) and uses such features to locate information in and to gain
      meaning from appropriate-level texts.
        The student uses paraphrasing and organizational skills to summarize information (e.g.,
1.4.9 stated and implied main ideas, main events, important details) from appropriate-level
      narrative, expository, persuasive, and technical texts in logical order.
         The student establishes purposes for both assigned and self-selected reading (e.g., to be
         informed, to follow directions, to be entertained, to solve problems).

1     The student writes effectively for a variety of audiences, purposed, and contexts.
1.2     The student writes expository text using the writing process.
        The student develops one main idea and/or a thesis statement in response to a prompt.
        (Ideas and Content; prewriting, drafting, revising; N,E,T,P)
        The student clarifies the main idea by selecting logical, accurate, and helpful details. (Ideas
        and Content: prewriting, drafting, revising: N,E,T,P)
      The student uses (1) personal experience (2) observations (3) prior knowledge (4) research
1.2.3 to provide information using an appropriate point of view for the piece. (e.g. 3rd person
      pronouns in research) (Ideas and Content: prewriting, drafting, revising:
        The student cites references for all information used or reproduced from and source. (Ideas
        and Content: prewriting, drafting, revising: N,E,T,P)

          Developing Educational Standards


          Kansas Curricular Standards

                     Planning Pyramid

                                    Some students will:

    Be able to explain the role of women and minorities in Kentucky Derby history.
    Understand the prestige and history associated with the Derby.
    Identify the racing regulations for the horses and their riders.
    Be able to name and identify elements of the horses’ dress.

                                    Most students will:

    Be able to construct a timeline highlighting major events in Kentucky Derby history.
    Be able to identify team members (i.e. jockey, owner, trainer) and link them to their job
    Be able to compare & contrast elements from the reading to the real life elements of the
     Kentucky Derby.

                                       All students will:
    Be able to locate the home of the Kentucky Derby on a map.
    Know how many of the world’s elite horses qualify for the race.
    Be able to locate information on the rider/horse of his/her choice.
    Understand that the Kentucky Derby is one part of the Triple Crown.
    Research and track the performance of the rider/horse of his/her choice.
    Be familiar with traditions that are commonly associated with the Kentucky Derby (i.e.
     hat parade, My Old Kentucky Home, mint julep, garland of roses).

Teacher Library

Derby Day: A Pop-Up Celebration
of the Kentucky Derby

Kentucky Dreamer (Golden
Filly Series, Book 4)
by Lauraine Snelling Ages 9-12

Thoroughbred #53: Derby
by Joanna Campbell Ages 9-12

Little Freddie at the
Kentucky Derby (Hardcover)
by Kathryn Cocquyt, Sylvia Corbett

Kentucky Derby Champion
by Mildred Mastin Pace

Museum for the most famous horse
race in the world
Coverage, videos, history, events
Information on the two-week events
leading up to the Kentucky Derby

Learner Activities

Newspaper Activity
In a current issue of The Kansas City Star, look in the classified ads for horses or
horse supplies (tack) under Farm & Livestock. How many horses are currently for sale?
What breeds are offered for sale? What is the average price for a horse?

Multidisciplinary lesson
Students clink on links to learn more about the Kentucky Derby. This would be good for
a student-paced learning activity or a partner exploration activity.

Science/Math Integration
Calculate the velocity of a human versus the velocity of a Kentucky Derby racehorse. Plans/How Do You Move Along the Earth.doc

Online Activities
Facts, crossword puzzles, scavenger hunts

Advanced Kentucky Derby Crossword

Kentucky Derby Scavenger Hunt

Everyday edit

About Horses
Horses All Around
Learn about Horses and Play a game.

Horse Facts
Facts, game, quiz on horses

Horse Fun
Puzzles, quiz, Pony Tales


Have students…
    Create a poster with horse/rider stats and present information to the class.
    Create a Venn diagram comparing selected text to actual Derby race.
    Create a diorama with Derby traditions or horse and rider cut outs.
    Create a timeline based on the training that precedes the race, Derby history
     or selected horse/rider race records.
    Create a power point presentation based on selected horse/rider facts, Derby
     traditions or Derby history.
    Write a report based on student-selected topic (i.e. horse care, race stats, or
     book report).

Resources for locating assessment materials:

       Scoring Guide for Student Projects


       Electronic Quizzes

If students need test taking practice as a study strategy for mastering the content of the unit,
        Try    Quia
               Quiz Hub

                        Planning for Academic Diversity

For students that cannot read at grade level...
       Try text to speech

If a student has difficulty comprehending the material...
        Try study aids

If students have difficulty mastering the vocabulary of the unit, some suggestions include...
        Try a picture dictionary
        Try a talking dictionary
        Try the visual thesaurus

If you have students who need the instructional materials in a language other than English...
        Try Babel Fish

If you have students who have difficulty with handwriting, (either speed or accuracy), then...
        Consider dictation
        Consider allowing them to speak their answers in Kidspiration

If you have students who need additional challenge, then...
        Search Google or TrackStar for enrichment activities

For students who have difficulty with the calculating activities in this unit, try…
       Using Webmath
       Downloading free calculators
       Using Ask Dr. Math

If your unit requires students to conduct research, you might want to...
        Use the NewsTracker
        Use the Google Toolbar
        Use a simplified search engine