Designed for NGSS
We’ve taken the guesswork and the planning out of teaching, and we’ve created incredible, engaging, ready-to-use, standards-based science curriculum specifically for those teaching middle school and elementary science in Colorado. We know you’re constantly striving to meet Next Generation Science Standards in your lesson plans,but we also know how frustrating it can be to bounce back and forth between lessons, calendars, and standards while you’re trying to plan your year. We’ve listed NGSS correlations right on our website so you can identify which standards are being taught in which lessons to keep yourself and your students on target.
Explaining Phenomena Phenomenon-based storylines provide real-world problems for students to connect their learning with their own experiences. Investigations, reading notes, and key science concepts enable students to explore, explain, and make sense of phenomena.
Designing Solutions Engineering Challenges and investigations engage students to design solutions directly relating to Disciplinary Core Ideas.
Three Dimensional Learning Each and every lesson focuses on at least one Science and Engineering Practice, one Disciplinary Core Idea, and one Crosscutting Concept. Each dimension is selected to support learning as it relates to the Performance Expectation.
Anchoring Phenomena and Storylines
In each unit, students will explore an investigative phenomenon that presents real-world problems for them to connect to and explore further. It helps them grasp the main ideas more effectively and understand the concepts more thoroughly.
Anchoring phenomena prompts engagement by encouraging students to make connections with the world around them, then later ties back during the Performance Assessment. Additionally, each lesson has its own phenomena which work together as part of the storyline to build conceptual understanding of the anchoring phenomenon. Anchoring phenomena are introduced with an embedded video, such as this example.
Within each lesson, you will find anchoring phenomena to keep your students on track with accomplishing the main goal of that lesson. These lesson-level phenomena help your students connect each individual lesson back to the anchoring storylines for optimal understanding and information retention.
3-Dimensional Lesson Investigations
All Bring Science Alive! curricula are based on three-dimensional lesson investigations that are key in meeting NGSS and Colorado science standards. Students will explore science and engineering practices, crosscutting concepts, and disciplinary core ideas as they grow in their knowledge and understanding of our world from a science-based perspective.
Bead a bracelet to replicate how mutations can change the structure and thus the function of a protein.
Grow plants with and without water or light to determine what plants need to grow.
Develop a model that shows the relationship between particle motion and states of matter.
In each unit, students will participate in engineering challenges that allow them to investigate core ideas in the discipline of science and to apply problem-solving and critical thinking skills.
Design, build, test, and modify a structure for dispersing seeds that mimic how plants disperse seeds in nature.
Build an earthquake table and then design the tallest structure possible while still being quake-resistant.
Each lesson comes with an end-of-lesson assessment that is easy to access. You can use this assessment in any way you choose as a way to gauge your students’ comprehension and understanding of the information they just learned.
NGSS has changed how students are assessed. Lesson Assessments include a variety of selected response and constructed response questions that incorporate the 3-Dimensions, core ideas, practices, and crosscutting concepts. You’ll be provided with completed answer guides and rubrics. View how tightly we align with the NGSS correlations. Questions are designed to mimic the CAST format. Students practice taking assessments online to prepare for state tests.
Demonstrating understanding is a key part of every science class. Students should know the information, but they should also be able to show how it works and that they understand the concepts. Performance assessments are included throughout the curriculum programs to help you ensure that your students understand what is being taught.
Each unit of Bring Science Alive! includes a Performance Assessment. The activities, written and oral assignments allow teachers to assess student understanding of science contents within the context of the phenomenon discussed during the unit storyline. By using a performance task, teachers can assess across three-dimensions a student’s ability to engage in Science and Engineering Practices, apply Crosscutting Concepts and to understand Disciplinary Core Ideas. The Performance Assessment not only allows teachers to assess student learning but gives students a chance to demonstrate their learning in a meaningful way.
Everything You Need in One Place
We know you’re passionate about science, teaching, and your students, and we want to help make your job easier and more enjoyable. TCI offers everything you need in one place to create the most engaging, fun, and educational classroom environment possible. Our science curricula for Colorado middle school and elementary school students includes standards-based lessons, assessments, and much more to engage and teach your students about science.
Teacher Resources Ready-to-teach lesson presentations, complete student resources, customizable 3-Dimensional assessments, and more are at your fingertips.
Student Resources: Print and Digital We know sometimes it’s easier to have a physical copy. Our bundle makes it easy to keep a 21st-century classroom while using our textbook.
Materials It can get busy preparing lessons and activities, grading, and staying ahead of your plans. This is why our Bring Science Alive! Materials Kits are prepared in advance for you, neatly organized to be integrated into each lesson.
See Our Science Programs
Our elementary curriculum includes Bring Science Alive! programs that allow students to explore science practices for their particular grade level. Our middle school science curriculum includes more Bring Science Alive! programs, including Life Science (cells & genetics, adaptations, ecosystems), Earth Science (space, planet Earth, weather & climate), and Physical Science (matter, waves, forces & energy).
Teaching for the 21st-Century
When teaching elementary and middle school students about science and adhering to Colorado science standards that align with NGSS, the key is keeping them engaged and making the information relevant to them. TCI curriculum is designed to align with NGSS, and it’s made to be as easy to use as possible for you and your students. All curriculum is easily integrated into your current classroom technology, and remote access is available for all students to get the most out of our Colorado state science curriculum programs. Interactive software and easy-to-use platforms make using the curriculum enjoyable for both teachers and students alike, and our curriculum adopts a new way of teaching science, where students are taught to “do science”, rather than just memorize facts.
Our Advisory Board
Our advisory board consists of nationally-known experts in science and individuals passionate about improving the educational experience for students, teachers, and school administrators. We are fortunate that our board of advisors are forward-thinking educators who help our team curate the best content possible for your school and students. What they help to guide is in creating the best educational platform and path for a child’s first days in education until their last, before they pursue higher education or step into the real world to pursue their careers and passions. With our advisory board at our side, TCI continues to push forward to create a larger impact in the education we provide for all of our students across the country.