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Take your students on a virtual field trip to Louisville, Kentucky! In this virtual field trip, your students will learn all about the Kentucky Derby held at Churchill Downs. Using a combination of Google Earth™ 360-degree views, video, informational text, and visuals, your students will learn about the history, traditions, and key elements of this sporting event from multiple perspectives.


This virtual field trip covers:

:: Geographic Location of Kentucky

:: What is the Kentucky Derby?

:: The Race Elements

:: Churchill Downs

:: The Racetrack

:: Thoroughbreds

:: Horse Names

:: Special Equipment

:: Wagers and Stakes

:: Horse Race Betting

:: The Purse

:: The Triple Crown

:: Jockeys, Trainers, and Owners

:: African American Jockeys

:: Women in Horseracing

:: Jockey Requirements

:: Racing Silks

:: Fashion

:: Mint Julep & Burgoo

:: Rider's Up

:: My Old Kentucky Home

:: Controversies

:: Economic Impact


This Virtual Field Trip Includes:

:: Informational Text (build background knowledge)

:: Response Questions (EDITABLE)

:: Google Earth™ Links to 360-degree views

:: Video Links (YouTube)

:: Grading Rubric

:: Everything is set up in Google Slides & ready to go!




How it Works:

This virtual field trip can be conducted teacher-led or shared with students through Google Classroom (or another LMS) as an independent assignment. Everything is set up for you. This resource is LOW PREP and would even make great sub plans. Student directions are found within the lesson, and direct links are included to specific Google Earth™ locations and videos. All work is completed digitally. No printing is necessary.



This virtual field trip is structured. This means that the informational text and links are meaningful and are meant to lead students to think critically as they respond to the questions throughout the virtual field trip. This is also a great way to keep students accountable as they learn and explore. All response questions are EDITABLE, so you can tailor to your class needs. Students complete this activity in edit mode of Google Slides.


Standards Alignment:

:: Common Core Standards for Reading Informational Text

:: 5th Grade Kentucky State Social Studies Standards

:: Can cross-walk to many different standards


Grading Rubric:

A grading rubric is included which assesses: accuracy, thoroughness, validity, and writing conventions. Answers will vary throughout, as students are recording their observations and findings.



Please note that students will need to access Google Earth™ and YouTube to complete this assignment. Google Earth™ can be accessed on a desktop using Chrome as the browser. If using a tablet or smartphone, simply download the Google Earth App before starting the virtual field trip.


If you have questions, feel free to reach out prior to purchasing. Looking for another virtual field trip that you don’t see? Let me know! I can be reached directly by email at:


Thank you!

Michelle McDonald, B.A.E.

Social Studies Education, K-12

Elementary Education K-8

Kentucky: Derby Horse Race Virtual Field Trip

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