Aligned with NGSS
Michigan science standards align with Next-Generation Science Standards, and all TCI curriculum takes into account all standards that you need to meet within your science classroom. NGSS correlations allow you to see which standards are covered by which units, and each Michigan science program is designed to help you bring the fun back into learning for your students.
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
Students will begin learning in each new unit by exploring unit-level phenomena that help them connect their world to the concepts being studied. Each investigative phenomena that students explore applies the three dimensions of NGSS and Michigan science standards.
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 lesson has its own lesson-level phenomena to help students further explore the ideas within each concept, and each of these phenomena links back to the unit-level essential question.
3-Dimensional Lesson Investigations
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are the foundation of our lessons, as all Michigan science standards are aligned with NGSS. Each lesson for every unit was created around the 3 dimensions of science learning set forth by NGSS: crosscutting concepts that help students explore connections across the main branches of science, science and engineering practices that help students learn about what scientists do, and disciplinary core ideas that teach students about key ideas in science that apply to all areas of science, including physical science, life science, earth science, and engineering.
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 will take on engineering challenges throughout the different lessons to solve real-world problems with critical thinking and collaboration
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.
Students will engage in lesson-level assessments that test their understanding of a subject upon completion of the corresponding lesson. These help you know where to spend more time and when you can move on to the next lesson.
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.
Customizable assessments help you to tailor your tests to your particular teaching method or your students’ application of particular 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
TCI’s teacher resources include lessons presentations that are ready to use, customizable assessments based on NGSS’s 3 dimensions of science learning, a table of contents that shows which lessons cover which Michigan science standards, material kits so you can get right to teaching and spend less time searching for applicable presentations and activities.
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
We have lessons just for you, aligned with NGSS, and each curriculum program comes ready to use with teacher and students resources, packed full of incredibly helpful materials to help make your job easier and to help your students learn more information more effectively. Our elementary school programs include Bring Science Alive! programs for each grade from kindergarten through fifth grade, and our middle school programs include Bring Science Alive! programs for earth science, life science, and physical science.
Teaching for the 21st-Century
For your 21st Century classroom, we have created a 21st Century science curriculum. While we do have physical textbooks, we also have a digital textbook, interactive student tutorials, three-dimensional learning, and lesson games. Our programs offer differentiated instruction, accessibility, a media library, placards, primary sources, Spanish translations, cross-device technology, and so much more!
Our Advisory Board
Gone are the days of scouring the internet, Michigan science standards, and countless books to create singular lesson plans and come up with engaging activities. TCI has the best science curriculum at your disposal as a solution to your lesson planning woes. Our science curriculum truly has everything you need—from lesson plans and ready-to-use presentations to engaging student activities and customizable assessments. Our interactive, easy-to-use platform makes it easy for students and teachers alike to access the necessary material and interact with the information in a positive way that promotes learning, retention, and interest.