500 Festival and Indianapolis 500 Education Program

presented by Indiana University Health


The 500 Festival Education Program’s curriculum, Gearing Up for the Indy 500, is an Indiana Academic Standards-based curriculum designed for fourth grade students to foster an understanding and to develop an appreciation of the Indianapolis 500 and the 500 Festival. Gearing Up for the Indy 500 is updated annually. The lessons may be taught in sequence (as presented in the guide), or teachers may choose to change the order of the lessons based on the needs of their students and classroom schedules. Some lessons may be modified or extended based on the students’ needs. The curriculum includes English/language arts, math, science, social studies, visual art, health, and physical education lessons. It also includes an authentic assessment for students to showcase their understanding of the Indianapolis 500 and the 500 Festival.


Indiana Academic Standards covered

Social Studies: 4.1.15, 4.1.17, 4.4.8

Englisn/Language Arts:  4.RN.2.1, 4.RN.2.2, 4.RN.2.3, 4.RN.3.1, 4.SL.3.1, 4.SL.4.1, 4.W.1, 4.W.5, 4.W.3.2, 4.W.3.3

Science:  4.4.2, 4.4.3, 4.4.4

Health & Wellness: 4.1.1, 4.7.1

Math: 4.AT.1, 4.AT.2, 4.C.1, 4.C.2, 4.M.3, 4.M.4, 4.NS.1, 4.NS.2, 4.NS.7

Physical Education: 4.1.1, 4.3.1, 4.4.3

Visual Arts: 4.6.1, 4.6.2



The 500 Festival provides all registered classrooms with the necessary materials for the in-class portion of the Education Program.

Program kit includes:

  • Important Program Dates (1 per classroom)
  • Materials list (1 per classroom)
  • “Gearing Up for the Indy 500” teacher curriculum (1 per classroom)
  • Date cards (1 per classroom)
  • “Gearing Up” companion DVD (1 per classroom)
  • Indianapolis Motor Speedway: A History booklet (1 per classroom)
  • 500 Festival Month of May Guide (1 per classroom)
  • Student study guide (1 per student)
  • Verizon IndyCar Series item (1 per student)
  • Student certificate of completion (1 per student)
  • Mini-Marathon coloring project (1 per student)