How schools can connect Academically to the run


How to connect academic standards to

Steve Knowlton’s World record breaking run

Jump start with a school assembly or a room presentation about Steve Knowlton’s run and Autism


Use a check in daily, bi-weekly or weekly during the run to do a lesson or project about the run and Autism.

Below are some examples or click on individual grade levels for more ideas.

Elementary Age

Middle School Age

High School Age


The interrelationship of artistic knowledge and processes defines artistic literacy. Engaging Students in the Arts can help educators bring arts into the classroom, allowing students to integrate arts with other subject areas.


Create a runners monolog by putting yourself in Steve’s shoes running 60+ miles a day.

Create Ad-libs using sensory integration equating it to how someone with Autism may be overwhelmed or under whelmed by sensory input.

Create a short film about the run and the challenges and advantages of Autism.


Draw pictures of Steve running across America using his geographical location.

Create a poster championing Autism Spectrum disorders.

Study the different shapes of the States


Create a Dance-Song that exemplifies Steve’s run to possibly use in the film.

Health and Physical Education:

The goal of Health Education and Physical Education programs is to offer students educational opportunities that promote healthy, lifelong lifestyle decisions.

Create a run that totals 50 miles to exemplify 1 in 50.

Using Steve’s mileage from the previous day, run a cumulative of his mileage.

Get a group of kids together to go to Iowa to run with him.

Language Arts:

The study of Language Arts teaches students how to effectively communicate and to use related knowledge and contexts to synthesize information into meaningful messages.

Use language arts to discover the difficulties of not understanding body language and social cues and why that is how they are. We have some ways of showing this to students with permission from Dr Jed Baker who will be presenting at the Autism conference this year. This would also be a good class to talk about idioms.


All students should learn important mathematical concepts, skills, and relationships with understanding. The standards describe a connected body of mathematical knowledge students learn through the processes of problem solving, reasoning and proof, communication, connections, and representation.

Mathematics could be used in several different ways including tallying miles run daily. Figuring out each day how many miles left Steve has to run.

How many miles is it to cross the different State and how long it would take by different modes of transportation and speed.

For each State Steve is in use their population totals to figure out how many lives are affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders.


Science is the active study of nature, its structures and its processes. Science students use their senses and tools to observe record and analyze data about the natural world. Scientifically literate young people can understand phenomena, solve problems and produce new technologies for the world today. 

Analyze what the body goes through when running for 60+ miles a day.

Study the brain and how it works differently for those on the Autism Spectrum.

Study the plant/animal life of each State Steve visits.

Social Studies:

Social Studies is the multidisciplinary study of the humanities and the social sciences to prepare young people to become responsible, engaged citizens through disciplinary knowledge, disciplinary skills, commitment to democratic values and citizen participation. In Minnesota, state standards that define social studies knowledge and skills are found in the social studies standards and the English language arts standards.

Geography: Map Steve’s run including the topography and climate.

Civics/Government: Do research about Autism and what the Government and laws around disabilities (ADA).

Study each State Government as Steve runs through it.

Do a humanities project around Autism.

History: Study the history of famous runners and world record breakers.

Study the History of Autism Spectrum Disorders.

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