The Mi-STAR team has developed a unit progression model for bundling and sequencing the NGSS performance expectations in Grades 6-8. Each bundle corresponds to one unit and indicates the PEs that will be of primary focus in that unit.
A unique feature of this progression model is the bundling of PEs around a topic of societal relevance. This topic forms the basis of a unit challenge, which students explore throughout the unit. Concepts from multiple science and engineering disciplines are required to address each unit challenge. Units therefore include integrated content from multiple disciplines (Life Science, Physical Science, Earth and Space Science, and/or Engineering and Technology).
This unit progression model is freely available for download for district administrators, teachers, and other NGSS educators who wish to adopt the Mi-STAR curriculum or who are in the process of aligning their district’s own curriculum to NGSS. The Mi-STAR team is designing and field testing units based on the progression model. Units will be made available on a rolling basis after testing for Michigan teachers who have taken associated professional development. The first two or three units will be available in Fall 2017.
Want more information on the progression model? A paper on the progression model is available online on p. 25 of the Volume 61.2 (Fall 2016) of the Journal of Michigan Science Teachers Association. Click here to download the Fall 2016 volume.
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.