Students who are taught to think critically have the skills and confidence to succeed in the classroom today and accomplish their goals in the future. ThinkUp! helps Texas educators empower students to understand problems, discover solutions, and take ownership of their education—resulting in mastery of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).
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ThinkUp! offers teachers and students a path for continual growth that leads to improved student achievement. Curriculum materials include robust student and teacher editions that deepen student engagement with standards-aligned content.
Available for students in Grades 1–8 in English and Grades 1–5 in Spanish, ThinkUp! Math offers proven instructional strategies that guide teachers in planning rigorous lessons, differentiating instruction, and creating thinking-centered classrooms. This curriculum helps students build critical-thinking skills, apply mathematical reasoning and problem-solving skills, and connect math to the real world.
ThinkUp! ELAR offers students and teachers the opportunity to integrate all domains of the TEKS with an emphasis on reading, writing, speaking, listening, and thinking. Available for students in Grades 1–8 in English and Grades 1–5 in Spanish, each unit introduces the focus standards and the critical-thinking traits that support students as they learn, practice, and master the standards. ThinkUp! ELAR includes Getting Started, Instruction, Assessment, Intervention, and Extension components that help teachers build student engagement and confidence.
ThinkUp! Science provides rigorous science resources to help educators embed critical-thinking and reasoning skills into lessons, emphasize scientific processes, and teach TEKS-based science concepts. Available for students in Grades 3–8 in English and Grades 3–5 in Spanish, ThinkUp! Science is full of hands-on activities and investigations that connect science to the everyday lives of students. Each unit unpacks and explains all TEKS for Science and includes vocabulary activities that help develop science literacy and strengthen communication skills.
ThinkUp! Writing integrates critical-thinking skills to help students master the TEKS for composition, revising, and editing. Available for Grades 4 and 7, ThinkUp! Writing includes activities that support the writing process and provides effective instruction with focused practice. ThinkUp! Writing builds student understanding of the characteristics and craft of the writing genres and allows for immediate application and demonstration of their learning with teachers' support.