Tried It Tuesday -

I know that I mentioned on my last Five for Friday, but my kids LOVED, and I wanted to share more about it with you.

It is free to sign up, and no email is required. So the first step that I had my students do was to create an account by clicking Register in the upper right hand corner. They had to create a username and password, along with setting a security question, inputting their town, state, and their grade level range.

There are three missions to complete. Mission 1 is about the Revolutionary War, Mission 2 is about escaping slavery, and Mission 3 is about settlers affecting the way of life for the Cheyenne.

Since I wasn't ready to start the Revolutionary War one yet, I had my students attempt to escape slavery since we had recently discussed slaves and indentured servants in the southern colonies.

There are five parts to the mission. You have to make the right decisions to unlock the next part.

Of course, there were plenty that clicked through and made poor choices on purpose, trying to be silly and typical fifth graders, but then (to their surprise) they died or were captured. Back to square one. When they realized that they had to do it all over again, they made much better choices. Even so, they weren't always successful. They did some collaboration with the person at the computer next to them so they wouldn't make the same mistakes. The kids were engaged the entire 45 minutes and I think that the farthest anyone got was Part 2. Some asked me if they could work on the mission at home, and of course I said yes :) I overheard many of them say that they really enjoyed doing this, which was awesome to hear because everyone experienced a setback at some point during the simulation.

If you teach any of these three topics, I highly recommend this website as an engaging way to discover what it was like during that time period, how to prioritize, and seeing cause and effect relationships. Plus, it's free!


  1. What a great website! I can see my students really loving this! Thanks for sharing!

  2. This is SO cool! Thanks for sharing. I can't wait to try it!
    Pinkadots Elementary

  3. That is cool. I will have to explore that the next time we have lab.

  4. That site looks amazing! I'll have to share your post with 5th grade team-thanks for sharing!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  5. Awesome! We will definitely be checking this one out tomorrow. Thanks for the suggestion!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  6. We have been using Mission US for a few years now. I was lucky enough to go to the training at PBS so I got a huge manual with all the teacher materials in it. My kids LOVE doing these!

  7. Looks like an awesome resource! Thanks for sharing it!!!

  8. I am TOTALLY checking this website out!

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  9. This is awesome! It reminds me of the addicting "Oregon Trail" game that I used to love playing (although that was so basic compared to this!). Thanks for sharing!
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  10. Wow that looks fabulous!! Thanks for sharing!

    Mind Sparks


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