Prepare students for the 21st century with this free lesson!

Ready to promote 21st century skills of collaboration, critical-thinking, communication, & creative problem solving in your district? Download this standards-aligned American history lesson and share with your team to get started.

Mind Missions are team-based, creative problem solving activities that engage students in solving historical challenges using their minds and common materials. After reading a social studies leveled story that informs students of the historical setting, students team up and work together to devise a solution to a real-world challenge. Mind Missions vary as widely as historical problems. Students may work together to construct an engineering marvel or collaborate to create a convincing commercial


Students discover social studie lessons are fun

Open-ended team  problem-solving challenges provide opportunities to improve collaborative skills and develop social-emotional skills.


Every Mind Missions lesson provides opportunities for students  to develop critical 21st century competencies for the future.


Social  Studies knowledge and skills are essential to support  a culturally diverse, democratic society in an interdependent world.

Language Arts + Social Studies
Knowledge + Skills
STEAM + Standards

Teachers love us!

Mind Missions is one of my all time favorite resources. I have used these products with many students and a lot of teachers in staff development. They are always top-notch learning experiences. The students will remember these activities and connect to the content in a meaningful way. I'm so glad I found you!
Paula McClendon
Mind Missions is a game changer in my classroom! Differentiated reading passages allow all learners to be collaborative and effective communicators. My students are excited and engaged when they are actively participating to solve a problem. The combination of telling a story from a historical perspective brings history to life! Student teams are actively engaged in the learning experiences as they create and innovate.
Lisa Speckman

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