Model-Based Inquiry


This site provides the information you need to plan and implement a model-based inquiry unit in your science class. We include 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 regularly!

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Coming soon!

The MBI Team has begun writing a series of books with NSTA Press to provide tested and classroom ready units for high school science teachers. See below for a sneak peek at the anchoring phenomena in our upcoming high school biology and chemistry books. Units for other subjects currently under development.

General Sherman

Whale Plumes

Freja's Skin Cancer

Evolution of the Lapsillis Mussel




Radium Girls

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