Designed for NGSS
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) ensure that students across Illinois are learning the same concepts in their science classes, regardless of what school or district they’re in. NGSS is a core component in science education and the standards must be integrated into just about everything you do in the classroom. Our curriculum programs were designed for NGSS, and we have NGSS correlations on our website so you can see the specific standards and where they appear in your curriculum program.
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
Each unit in our Illinois science programs begins with anchoring phenomena, which students will refer back to throughout their course of study. It defines the goals of the unit and helps students relate smaller concepts to an overarching scientific theme.
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 unit are several lessons, all of which have their own lesson-level phenomena. This gives students more phenomena to reference and keep in mind as they go through their lessons, giving them more opportunities to understand and master the concepts they’re learning.
3-Dimensional Lesson Investigations
Because TCI’s Illinois science curricula are fully integrated with NGSS, they also adhere to the three dimensions of science learning set forth by NGSS. This allows students to view scientific concepts from a bird’s eye view and to relate various fields of science to other fields. Crosscutting concepts make connections between different scientific fields, while disciplinary core ideas focus on central themes that apply to all scientific disciplines. The third dimension, science and engineering practices, gives students the opportunity to experience real-life scientific principles and see what real scientists actually do.
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.
Hands-on learning is a key factor in student success, especially when it comes to science. Illinois state science standards, based on NGSS, allow students to take on engineering challenges where they will practice critical thinking, problem-solving, and group collaboration to solve real-world problems.
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.
Assessments are a necessary part of any science classroom, and TCI’s lesson-level assessments are designed to help you teach your students most effectively. They are ready to use, and you may use them however you wish.
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.
Performance assessments are an opportunity for students to demonstrate their understanding and knowledge of a scientific concept.
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
TCI was formed by teachers, and most of our current staff members have worked in the educational system. We know how busy teachers are, but we also know how passionate teachers are about making sure their students are getting the best education possible. We’ve tried to make your jobs as easy as possible, at least when it comes to curriculum programs and lesson planning. We want to minimize your prep time outside of class so you can focus more on your students and encouraging their love of science. Everything we’ve created is available to you in one place, including ready-to-use lesson plans, endless resources, assessments, presentations, and more. Everything is fully integrated with NGSS and Illinois state science standards as well.
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 Bring Science Alive! science programs are perfect for elementary and middle school students in Illinois. Earth science, life science, and physical science are covered in our middle school science curriculum, and age-based programs are covered in our elementary school science curriculum. All our programs incorporate basic science practices and core scientific knowledge that will be built on over the years to give your students a comprehensive science education.
Teaching for the 21st-Century
Fully integrative technology and interactive opportunities are growing in importance and popularity in the science classroom. Our curriculum is innovative and engaging, and we utilize the most effective methods of instruction to ensure the utmost retention and understanding in your students. Our interactive platform is a great way for both teachers and students to get involved with the curriculum, including its activities, lessons, videos, resources, and more.
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.