Aligned with NGSS
We are committed to providing you with the best teaching resources so that your students get the top instruction, and so that you can spend more time focusing on interacting with your students. Washington science standards are incorporated into each lesson plan and they are aligned with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Every individual lesson, activity, assignment, and assessment is based on these Washington science standards so that your students learn exactly what they need to know for standardized testing and overall academic excellence.
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
TCI’s teacher resources include a key concept that covers an entire unit so students can truly understand the concepts and ideas that they’re studying. Our Washington science curriculum includes ready-to-teach lesson presentations, assessments, investigative activities for your students, and so much more.
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.
Each unit and lesson includes an investigative phenomenon, allowing students to make real-life connections to the concepts they’re learning.
3-Dimensional Lesson Investigations
Hands-on investigations in every lesson provide students opportunities to practice all three dimensions of learning, all while aligning with NGSS and Washington science standards. Teachers are given support within the lesson guides to see exactly where that three-dimensional learning happens.
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.
Our curriculum incorporates Washington science standards into offering students engineering challenges based on the key concepts in each unit, allowing them the opportunity to work collaboratively with their peers to utilize critical thinking skills to solve a real-world problem.
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.
Lesson-level assessments are a key factor in making sure your students are learning. Lesson-level assessments built to fit the Washington Science curriculum are important in testing students’ understanding.
NGSS has changed how students are assessed! Lesson Assessments include a variety of selected response and constructed response questions that incorporate the three-dimensions: Disciplinary Core Ideas, Science and Engineering Practices, and crosscutting concepts. You’ll be provided with answer keys and rubrics. View how tightly we align with the NGSS correlations.
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.
Each unit of Bring Science Alive! includes a Performance Assessment. The activities and written oral assignments allow teachers to assess student understanding of science content within the context of the unit storyline and phenomenon. 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.
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 is truly a one-stop shop when it comes to elementary and middle school science curriculum. Not only is the curriculum based on Washington science standards, but all the prep work has been done for you, making it more fun for you and learning more enjoyable and effective for students. Our Washington science programs offer everything you need, from ready-to-use lessons to 3-dimensional assessments and everything in between.
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 Washington science programs focus on helping you instruct your students well, keep them engaged, and help them achieve mastery over science concepts. Our Bring Science Alive! programs for elementary school students include grade-based programs that help students explore science practices that are appropriate to their age. Our middle school Bring Science Alive! programs include life science, earth science, and physical science, with a variety of units within each of these core programs.
Teaching for the 21st-Century
Our digital resources make preparing, teaching, assigning, and grading easier and more convenient than ever. We help you take the legwork out of preparing and planning so that you can spend more of your time helping students succeed. Sneak a peek at our features and see how our program features can lead to success in mastering Washington science standards.
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.