Created by: Aaron Hart & Stephanie Herrick
Special Contributions: Victor Spadaro, Isabella Orlando and Andrea Hart, RDN
Design: Jennifer Truong & Aaron Hart

OPEN and Rising New York Road Runners have joined forces to bring you The Adventure Mile for Middle School.

This new instructional module provides over 100 pages of fitness running instructional tools with fun and cooperative learning activities that teach students about the physical, social and emotional benefits of fitness running as a lifetime fitness activity. Students will also benefit from the Form 101 component of this module, which teaches fundamental athletic skills, running posture, leg movements, and arm movements.

The Adventure Mile for Middle School is the perfect lead-up module to Fitness Running for High School – also brought to you by OPEN and Rising New York Road Runners.

Rising New York Road Runners is a free, nationwide program that helps youth develop the ability, confidence, and desire to be physically active for life. To learn more visit

Module Documents

  • Complete Module Packet:

  • Module Overview:

  • Required Materials:

  • All Module Activities:

  • Sample Lesson Plan:

  • Universal Design Adaptations:

  • Academic Language Cards:

  • Dynamic Stretching Task Cards:

  • Scavenger Hunt Sheet:

  • Form 101 Jigsaw Cards:

  • Adventure Mile Challenge Card:

  • Heart Rate Zones Chart:

  • Perceived Exertion Card:

* Blank pages are added to the complete module to help with clean double-side printing.

Activity Plans

  • Out & Back Warm-Up:

  • Shadow Running:

  • Walk / Jog Scavenger Hunt:

  • Form 101 Jigsaw:

  • Continuous Relay:

  • 800-Meter Time Trial:

  • The Adventure Mile:

  • The 3K Marathon:


  • Self-Assessment Worksheet:

  • Holistic Performance Rubric:

  • Academic Language Quiz:

  • Jigsaw Note Card:

  • Time Trial Journal Page:

  • Optimism Announcement Card:

  • Social and Emotional Learning Journal:

Teacher Evaluation

  • Teacher Self-Evaluation/Reflection Guide:

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Priority Learning Outcomes Focus for The Adventure Mile


Students recognize the value of physical activity for physical, emotional, and mental health.

  • Personal Health (6) Describes how physical activity positively impacts the body to promote good health. (8) Seeks out and identifies physical activity options to enrich physical, emotional, and mental health for self and others.
  • Personal Challenge (6) Recognizes individual challenges and copes in a positive way, such as extending effort, asking for help/feedback, and/or modifying the tasks. (7) Generates positive strategies such as offering suggestions/assistance, leading/following others, and/or providing possible solutions when faced with a group challenge. (8) Develops a plan of action and makes appropriate decisions based on that plan when faced with a challenge.
  • Social Interaction (6) Demonstrates respect for self and others in activities and games by following the rules, encouraging others, and playing within the spirit of the game or activity. (7) Demonstrates the importance of social interaction by helping and encouraging others and providing support to classmates. (8) Demonstrates respect for self by asking for help and helping others in various physical activities.


Students demonstrate skill competency and can apply concepts and strategies to movement and performance.

  • Locomotor Skills (6) Safely and purposefully uses mature locomotor skills in rhythms and patterns in dance, fitness, and sport environments. (7) Combines mature locomotor and manipulative skills in dance, fitness, and sport environments. (8) Combines locomotor skills with movement concepts in dance, fitness, and sport environments.
  • Movement Concepts (8) Analyzes movement and activity situations and makes adjustments with a specific purpose or to create a strategic advantage.


Students demonstrate responsible personal and social behavior.

  • Personal Responsibility & Safety (6) Identifies and uses appropriate strategies to self-reinforce positive fitness behaviors, such as positive self-talk. (7) Demonstrates both intrinsic and extrinsic motivation by selecting opportunities to participate in physical activity outside of class. (8) Uses effective self-monitoring skills to incorporate opportunities for physical activity in and outside of school.
  • Accepting Feedback (6) Demonstrates self-responsibility by implementing specific corrective feedback to improve performance. (7) Provides corrective feedback to a peer, using teacher-generated guidelines, and incorporating appropriate tone, and other communication skills. (8) Provides encouragement and feedback to peers without prompting from the teacher.
  • Working with Others (6) Accepts differences among classmates in physical development, maturation, and varying skill levels by providing encouragement and positive feedback.