Example units

The units highlighted below have been developed and tested in secondary science classrooms. They are not perfect, but they will give you a great start in integrating model-based inquiry into your classroom!

Life Science

LS1: From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes

HS-LS1 - New Zealand Sea Star.pdf

Why do the three sea star species of New Zealand have an evolutionary advantage in response to Environmental stress?

LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics

Why did the diet of the bald eagle change as a result of the declining sea otter populations in the Aleutian Islands in the 1990s?

MS-LS-2 Bald Eagle Diet.pdf
MS-LS-2 Polar Bear MBI.pdf

Why are the polar bears in peril?

LS3: Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits

Why do Lucy and Maria look so different, despite being twins?

MS-LS-3 Twins MBI.pdf
HS-LS-3 Kentucky blue people MBI.pdf

why did the Kentucky Blue People turn blue? Why were only some of the family members affected and How did the condition persist for more than a century?

What led two brothers to have seemingly unbreakable bones? How does knowing these men are related help explain why their bones are so dense?

HS-LS-3 Unbreakable Bones as a Superpower MBI.pdf

Physical science

PS1: Matter and its Interactions

HS-PS-1 Brinicles MBI.pdf

In the cold water near the north and south poles, the formation of brinicles, or “underwater icicles of death”, has been observed and recorded by scientists. How do the brinicles form, and why do they grow downward through the water?

Why did the tanker car implode overnight after being steam cleaned?

HS-PS-1 Tanker Implosion MBI Unit.pdf

Earth and space science

ESS1: Earth's Place in the Universe

MS-ESS-1 Reasons for the Seasons MBI.pdf

Why ARE Flagstaff, AZ, and Sydney, Australia, in different seasons on Christmas day each year?

Why are there different rock layers across the canyons of the Grand Staircase and how can these layers help us understand the deep history of the Colorado Plateau?

ESS2 - Grand Staircase MBI Unit.pdf

ESS2: Earth's Systems

MS-ESS-2 Bark Beetle Climate Change.pdf

Why have the negative impacts of bark beetles in our local forests increased so severely over the past few decades?