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 Mi-STAR units will be available in fall 2017 to teachers that will be trained by Mi-STAR Professional Learning Facilitators.
|6.1: Protecting Our Community's Water through Land Use Planning||4-5 weeks||
|6.6: Managing Invasive Species to Protect Ecosystem Interactions||5-6 weeks||MS-LS2-1
|7.1: Generating Electricity||5-6 weeks||MS-PS2-3
|7.3: Selecting Sustainable Building Materials by Modeling Their Life Cycle||5-6 weeks||MS-ESS3-1
|8.6: Predicting Natural Hazards and Reducing Their Impacts||4-5 weeks||MS-ESS3-2
|8.7: Investigating and Addressing Climate Change||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.
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).