Students participating in this activity will learn about the history of the Triple Crown, and the horses who have won it. They will also gain experience in synthesizing data, understanding complex information, and writing short biographies (in this case, of horses).
1. Using the websites listed below, have students research the history of the Triple Crown, the differences among the three race tracks that comprise the event, and the eleven horses who have won the Crown.
2. Each student should select one horse, or one race track, or one aspect of the history of the Triple Crown, on which to base a short essay/biography.
3. After students share their essays, the whole class should discuss why it is so hard to win the Triple Crown, and what common characteristics the horses who have won seem to have.