Model-Based Inquiry

DESIGNING NGSS INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALs TO SUPPORT STUDENT SENSE-MAKING IN SCIENCE CLASSROOMS

This site provides a planning template to assist science teachers from all disciplines in the planning of model-based inquiry (MBI) units. The template, developed and tested with secondary science teachers, provides support for the design and implementation of rigorous and equitable instruction through engagement with the practices of science such as modeling, explanation, and argumentation. Designed to support three dimensional learning, the planning template guides teachers through the “unpacking” of standards, choosing a phenomenon to anchor instruction, and the development of models and explanations that act as core sense-making activities throughout the unit. Also included on the site are resources and tools to support your work on MBI. Check back often as new resources will be added soon!