How can you learn about Kentucky without at least having a brief stop at the Derby?
You can’t. So, I didn’t.
First we read “The Last Black King of the Kentucky Derby,” it’s a bittersweet story about a jockey who eventually quits racing here because of racism. I don’t think it was the best book for what I was trying to teach about, but it’s probably a good book for another lesson.
Afterwards we watched a video about the different hats women wear.
Afterwards we made Derby hats.
I turned them loose with styrofoam plates, bowls, pipe cleaners, buttons, bows, what have you.