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McAuliffe Manual Middle School uses IQWST™, a standards-based, investigation-centered middle school curriculum. It was developed by science education, literacy and learning science specialists from the University of Michigan, Northwestern University, Michigan State University, and the Weizmann Institute of Science, supported by funding from the National Science Foundation. The curriculum aligns with the Next Generation Science Standards’ (NGSS) performance expectations. You can learn more about NGSS here.

Lessons are organized into thematic units and students investigate questions relevant to their lives by conducting investigations; collecting and analyzing data; developing and using models to explain phenomena, and engaging in argument from evidence, all in a literacy and discourse-rich environment.

Current units of study include:

  • Chemistry 1: How Can I Smell Things from a Distance?
  • Chemistry 2: How Can I Make New Stuff From Old Stuff?
  • Earth Science 1: How Does Water Shape Our World?
  • Earth Science 2: What Makes the Weather Change?
  • Life Science 1: Where Have All the Creatures Gone?
  • Life Science 2: What’s Going On Inside of Me?
  • Physical Science 1: Can I Believe My Eyes?
  • Physical Science 2: Why Do Some Things Stop While Others Keep Going?

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