The Mi-STAR curriculum will include 22 units addressing all NGSS performance expectations (PEs) for grades 6-8. See the Mi-STAR Unit Progression Model below for more information. 

The following units and accompanying unit primers are currently available to teachers that will be trained by Mi-STAR Professional Learning Facilitators:
6.1: Water on the Move
6.6: Interactions Within Ecosystems
7.1: Off the Energy Grid
8.6: Natural Hazards  

Teachers and districts are strongly encouraged to begin using the Mi-STAR curriculum with unit 6.1, 7.1, or 8.6 depending on the grade being taught. The following units will be available by 1 OCT 2017:
7.3: Life Cycle of Building Materials  
8.7: Climate Change‚Äč
 

UNIT


  LENGTH  


PEs


  MATERIALS LIST
6.1Water on the Move
The Water Cycle
More information / public preview
4-5 weeks
MS-ESS2-4
MS-PS1-4
MS-ETS1-1 (ETS1.A)
 
6.1 materials
6.6Interactions Within Ecosystems
The Tangled Web We Weave
More information / public preview
5-6 weeksMS-LS2-1
MS-LS2-2
MS-LS2-4
MS-ETS1-2
6.6 materials
7.1: Off the Energy Grid
 Creating an Energy Plan
More information / public preview
5-6 weeksMS-PS2-3
MS-PS3-1
MS-PS3-2
MS-PS3-5
 
7.1 materials
7.3Life Cycle of Building Materials 
The Stuff We Use and Where it Comes From
More information / public preview
5-6 weeksMS-ESS3-1
MS-ESS3-4 (ESS3.C)
MS-PS3-3 (PS3.A,B)
MS-PS1-3
7.3 materials
8.6Natural Hazards 
Reducing the Impacts of Natural Hazards
More information / public preview
4-5 weeksMS-ESS3-2
MS-ESS2-3*
(*partial)
8.6 materials
8.7: Climate Change
Living in Greenhouse Earth
More information / public preview

 
4-5 weeks
       MS-ESS3-4      
MS-ESS3-5
8.7 materials
 

The Mi-STAR Unit Progression Model outlines the bundling and and sequencing of the NGSS performance expectations for grades 6-8, along with associated themes and unifying crosscutting concepts.

Click here to download a .pdf of the Mi-STAR Unit Progression Model. 

The progression model is available for use by all educators who are transitioning to NGSS or related standards. Please attribute Mi-STAR when using in any manner.

Suggested citation: 
Bergman, B.G., S.C. Tubman, E. Gochis, J.E.Huntoon. 2016. A progression and bundling model for developing integrated, socially-relevant science and engineering curricula aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards, Grades 6-8. Journal of the Michigan Science Teachers Association. Volume 61.2.

Want more information? A paper on the progression model is available online on p. 25 of the Fall 2016 Volume of the Journal of Michigan Science Teachers Association (Volume 61.2).

 
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