The Mi-STAR curriculum is designed for MSS/NGSS based
on several proven, research-based pedagogical approaches. Click below to learn more about the essential elements of our curriculum.
 
 
   
Unit Challenge   Unit Progression ModelInstructional Model:
Lesson Structure
The Mi-STAR Unit Challenge motivates students to learn using science and engineering practices.  Our Unit Progression Model lays out a path to student mastery of all 59 NGSS PE's in the 6-8 gradeband, in connection with 21st century themes.Our lesson structure, based on the 5E Learning Cycle and the Gathering Reasoning Communicating sequence, scaffolds student learning from day-to-day.
     
   
Themes Integration of Science and EngineeringInstructional Model:
Unit Structure
Each Unit Challenge relates to a Mi-STAR theme based on our society's biggest challengesOur lesson structure, based on the 5E Learning Cycle and the Gathering Reasoning Communicating sequence, scaffolds student learning from day-to-day.Our unit structure, based on the 5E Learning Cycle and Challenge-Based Learning, guides students through the Unit Challenge from start to finish.
     
  
AssessmentInstructional Model:
Off-the-Shelf Lessons
Each Mi-STAR unit is accompanied by a pre-post assessment and three-dimensional embedded assessments.In addition to units, Mi-STAR employs short, “grab and go” lessons that target specific DCIs, SEPs  and CCCs to help fill students' specific needs in the transition to the new science standards.
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