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

Ready to engage in inquiry and problem-solving?  

Try it out with this free Mind Missions lesson!

Download the teacher instructions for a standards-aligned Studies Studies lesson to get started.​

Mind Missions are inquiry-based, creative problem solving activities that challenged students to solve Social Studies problems using their minds, collaboration, and common materials. After reading a leveled story that informs students of the problem’s context, students team up to devise a solution to a real-world challenge. These challenges vary as widely as Social Studies problems. Students  work together to make monuments, build businesses, create communities, and persuade pioneers. Students reflect on their learning and construct deep and lasting knowledge in Social Studies content while developing 21st century skills of communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity. 

Mind Missions are aligned with state standards for Social Studies and Language Arts


Students learn with social studies critical thinking lesson plans

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


kids doing ample lesson for 21st century learning

Every lesson provides opportunities for inquiry and investigation as students develop critical 21st century competencies for the future.


Mind Missions sample lesson prepares students for the 21st century

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

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Teachers love it!

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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