In case you missed this little tidbit, I'm a Kentucky girl. Kentucky born and raised. I'm not from horse country (Louisville), but like every Kentuckian, I have a big appreciation for horses and the Derby! When my buddy over at Kindergarten Smorgasbord suggested that I make a Kentucky Derby clip art set, I said, "Why didn't I think of that?!?" So I dropped everything and made one. I kinda like it. I'm thinking I might just do some Kentucky Derby centers myself. We might have to read a few stories... I have a few in mind. First off, one called Perfect Timing about the first black jockey. Then I have a few other horse racing picture books... If you want a list, I can get that to you. (I am a librarian after all.. lol) Then maybe we can design our own silks... Name our own horse... the ideas are endless.
In the past, I have also done an activity we called, "Read for the Roses." We might have to do that again. What I did was make every class a horse to go on the wall in the hallway outside the library. We have been pushing really hard for high accuracy in AR (Accelerated Reader) instead of simply getting as many points as possible for the last few years... so, I gave students a set time period to get their averages up as high as possible as a class. Each day, I would rearrange the horses to represent the classes with the highest average in the lead and so on. At the end of the allotted time, the class that had the highest average got to ride (stick) horses through the hallway for a victory lap and the student with the highest average in the class got to wear a "wreath of roses" (which was really just a cheap rose garland from the dollar store). Ok... I've rambled on enough, but if you have any great ideas, I'd love to hear them!
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Have a sunny Friday!