Texas Mind Missions
Mind Missions products are designed for Texas teachers and students! Mind Missions Texas Social Studies lessons engage students in standards-based content and skills. Designed by Texas teachers, each Mind Missions lesson is aligned with TEKS standards for language arts and social studies.
What are Mind Missions?
Mind Missions are problem-based challenges that encourage student creativity, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration. First, students learn essential knowledge about civics, geography, economics, and history through leveled social studies stories. Next, student teams engage in related problem-solving challenges. Finally, they reflect on their learning using writing prompts. In the process, students engage in deep social studies learning and develop critical skills for the 21st century. Each teacher-friendly lesson follows the same 7-Step Format.
How do they work?
The Mind Missions framework encourages students to discover social studies through stories, experience history using creative problem-solving team challenges, and grow as they reflect on their learning. See a sample lesson.
What grades are available for Texas?
Mind Missions Digital Learning systems are available for Kindergarten-6th grade. Students progress and grow in understanding and ability each year using Mind Missions. They build on a growing base of knowledge, prior experiences, and wisdom from reflection exercises.
What does each grade level learning system include?
- 20 lessons including teacher instructions, mission and scoring cards, & extension information
- Introductory lessons in Teamwork & Brainstorming
- Leveled Content for a variety of reading levels
- Digital tools for student devices
- Unlimited printing
What content is in each grade?
In kindergarten, students study the meaning of a community with Bunny Town. Building a Bunny Town allows students to learn the importance of roles, rules, and leadership. Citizenship Skills lessons encourage students to learn about respect, bullying, and responsibility. Symbols and Traditions of the United States are introduced, including lessons about the national pledge, Independence Day, Presidents’ Day, and many more! Learn more about Texas Kindergarten.
Texas 1st Grade
In 1st grade, students develop Social Studies Skills and knowledge as they build maps, timelines, globes, and artifacts. Delve into the meaning behind the symbols of the United States! Students explore the stories of famous Americans, including Eleanor Roosevelt, Garrett Morgan, Thomas Edison, Martin Luther King, Jr., and many more. Learn more about Texas 1st Grade.
Texas 2nd Grade
In 2nd grade, students are inspired by the civic leadership of famous Americans, including Booker T. Washington, George Washington Carver, and Thurgood Marshall. They explore the stories and challenges of women in American history, including Abigail Adams, Irma Rangel, and Amelia Earhart. Explore the basics of economics and entrepreneurship with Chip the Chipmunk. Learn more about Texas 2nd Grade.
Texas 3rd Grade
In 3rd grade, students learn how diverse individuals have built and changed their communities and world. They study the stories of inspiring individuals such as Harriet Tubman, Ruby Bridges, and Helen Keller. They learn the impact of community leaders such as Hector Garcia, Jane Addams, and Milton Hershey. They learn to innovate while studying inventors, including Henry Ford, Jonas Salk, and Cyrus McCormick, and more. Explore ways that people interact with their communities and the environment. Learn more about Texas 3rd Grade.
Texas 4th Grade
In 4th grade, students examine the history and geography of Texas! After examining the physical regions of Texas to gain an understanding of the vast and varied state., students dive into Texas history. Historical content includes lessons about exploration, colonization, the Texas Revolution, Texas industries, and more! Students learn about the colorful characters and cultures of Texas history, including Stephen F. Austin, Cabeza de Vaca, Juan Seguin, and Adina de Zavala. Learn more about Texas 4th Grade.
Texas 5th Grade
In 5th grade, students survey the history of the United States from 1565 to the present. Students investigate the stories and challenges of Native American cultures, explorers, and colonists. They construct understanding and solutions for revolutionary Americans and the leaders of the new nation. They study the challenges and conflicts of westward expansion, the Civil War, industrialization, and the 20th century. Students engage in the inspirational stories of Lewis and Clark, Mary Cady Stanton, William Penn, the Tuskegee Airmen, and many more! Learn more about Texas 5th Grade.
Texas 6th Grade
In 6th grade, students study contemporary cultures and challenges from around the world. Mind Missions lessons expose students to the unique geography, history, cultures, and challenges from each world region. Students build solutions and understanding of environmental and economic issues facing people around the globe. Learn more about Texas 6th Grade.
Why should you use Mind Missions?
Mind Missions engage students in TEKS-aligned learning for Social Studies and Language Arts while building essential 21st-century skills for the future. Learn more in this video!