The Spanish missions in Texas are one of the most recognizable landmarks in Texas for my students. With Austin being so close to San Antonio most, if not all, of my students have been to the Alamo and many have been to several of the missions. This unit is always fun, because seeing the connection they make to what they have seen just send those lightbulbs a twitter.
We use this PowerPoint to get our information, but also use these QR Codes for additional research for inquiring minds.
Our first entry into our INBs is all about the people of the Spanish Missions.
Next comes my students' favorite part, the QR Quest to learn more about each of the missions. There are two different scaffolded versions of the Quest and it is perfect for completing as an assessment or in a station while you work with a small group.
Throughout the unit we also use these task cards to check our learning as we go. I love to use them as exit tickets or writing prompts for quick writes in our INBs.
Now of course I love to keep tons of books about the missions around our classroom. These are a couple of my favorites:
The Spanish Missions of Texas
The Missions of Texas