Designed for NGSS
Adhering to state science standards are a necessary part of any teacher’s job, but it can be incredibly time-consuming to ensure that everything you’re doing in the classroom aligns with standards. We know that, so we’ve done the work for you. Everything we provide in our middle school and elementary school science curriculum is based on standards and designed for NGSS. You can see every single standard required by the state of Maryland and NGSS in our NGSS correlations, and you can see exactly where every standard is utilized across our units, lessons, and assessments.
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
Anchoring phenomena will begin each unit and will help them understand what the goal of the unit is and assist them in staying focused on mastering that particular concept.
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.
The anchoring phenomena from the unit will be broken down into lesson-level questions and phenomena. Students will return to this phenomena regularly throughout each lesson to ensure they are grasping the necessary concepts and achieving the goals of that particular lesson.
3-Dimensional Lesson Investigations
Science lessons with TCI are created around Maryland standards and NGSS, but they also include another component. NGSS has established three dimensions of science learning that help students approach concepts from a variety of perspectives. Crosscutting concepts allow students to make connections between various fields of science, helping them better understand scientific concepts and how the world works because of them. Science and engineering practices give them hands-on experience related to what real scientists actually do. And finally, disciplinary core ideas involve important concepts that apply to all fields of science and every discipline of science.
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.
Students must learn how to think critically and problem-solve, and engineering challenges encourage them to do exactly that. During engineering challenges in class, students are encouraged to come up with a solution or answer to a common scientific problem based on NGSS.
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 ends with an assessment based on the concepts learned within that lesson. It’s up to individual science teachers as to how they want to use these assessments to test student knowledge and understanding.
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.
Students are never fond of assessments, but they are a good way to gauge how much your students have learned and retained during a particular unit. Our assessments are based on NGSS and give students the opportunity to demonstrate true understanding and application of scientific concepts.
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
Teachers are busy, so we’ve created complete curriculum bundles that give you ready-to-use lessons, integrative technology with endless resources, assessments, and so much more. Even better, it’s all standards-based for Maryland and NGSS, and it’s all in one place. Our TCI subscription offers you access to all these amazing tools and more so you can begin revolutionizing your science classroom right away.
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
TCI’s Maryland science curriculum is characterized by our Bring Science Alive! programs. We have grade-appropriate programs for all elementary and middle school grades, and each program teaches foundational scientific concepts and practices. Our elementary school science programs help students explore their world like scientists, all the while learning basic practices within a number of scientific disciplines, sparking an early interest in the subject. Our middle school science programs include standards-based studies on earth science, life science, and physical science, covering topics such as weather, energy, cells, and so much more.
Teaching for the 21st-Century
Students expect engaging, innovative, and interactive curriculum, and that’s exactly what TCI provides. Our elementary and middle school science curriculum comes with digital textbooks, interactive tutorials, differentiated instruction, lesson games and in-class activities, and so much more. It’s all available on our interactive platform that is easy to use and easy to integrate with the technology already in your classroom.
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.