Mi-STAR OER Sample Lesson: Systems and System Models
This lesson plan is designed to introduce students to the crosscutting concept of Systems and Systems Models, including supports for remote learning. In the Mi-STAR curriculum, system models help students make sense of real-world phenomena and problems such as: flooding in a watershed, teachers who are experiencing a mysterious illness, or a natural habitat that's being invaded by a new species. Students should experience this lesson prior to Unit 7.1: Off-the-Grid Energy.
Mi-STAR OER Sample Lesson: Claim, Evidence, Reasoning, and Argument
This lesson plan is designed to introduce students to the science and engineering practice of Argumentation. In the Mi-STAR curriculum, argumentation supports students to develop critical thinking skills and to make sense of real-world phenomena and solve problems, such as the most optimal cell phone case design, the best way to contain the spread of a virus, and the cause of a global phenomenon. Students should experience this lesson prior to Unit 6.2: RAD Disease.
Mi-STAR OER Sample Lesson: Well-Defined Criteria and Constraints
This lesson plan is designed to introduce students to the engineering practice of Defining Problems. In the Mi-STAR curriculum, defining problems help students to approach their Unit Challenge Scenario and break it down into manageable pieces. This lesson is offered both as a stand-alone and an integration in Unit 6.1. Students should have either this lesson or Unit 6.1 prior to Units 6.3, 6.4, or 6.6.
About these Lessons
Off-the-shelf lessons are standalone learning experiences that introduce students to new science practices and crosscutting concepts so that they are prepared to engage in a full Mi-STAR unit. Learn more about Mi-STAR's Off-the-Shelf Lessons here.
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