Designed for NGSS
Making sure your students are truly learning is a key factor in science education. Not only do they have to understand the concepts, but they also have to be able to demonstrate them on tests. Our curriculum was designed for NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards), meaning that everything your students are learning is state-mandated and will help them succeed in their next grade, their next school, and beyond. We’ve even included the NGSS correlations right on our website so that you can see the specific standards and where we’ve integrated them into our curriculum.
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 are presented at the start of each unit. These help students concentrate on the main ideas and goals of each unit to best master Missouri state science standards set forth by NGSS.
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.
Investigative phenomenon also begin individual lessons, giving students ample opportunity to understand and master key concepts within each lesson, chapter, and unit.
3-Dimensional Lesson Investigations
Since Missouri state science standards are in line with NGSS, the standards include the three dimensions of science learning. These were established by NGSS, and are key ideas that are applicable in all fields of science. Crosscutting concepts, disciplinary core ideas, and science and engineering practices make up the three dimensions, and they each aim to help students make connections between scientific disciplines
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 activities in the classroom are a key part of students understanding and mastering scientific concepts. Engineering challenges encourage students to think creatively and critically, and require students to problem solve real-life situations while working collaboratively.
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.
At the end of each lesson, we’ve given you lesson-level assessments to more effectively gauge your students’ understanding of science material. Missouri state science standards are included in each of these assessments, and you are free to 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.
Demonstrating an understanding of concepts is an important part of science education. Performance assessments are a good way to explore your students’ abilities by having them apply what they’ve learned to display their mastery over the Next Generation Science Standards that you’ve 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 that as a science teacher in Missouri, you’re incredibly busy, so we’ve made it as easy as possible for you to gain access to all the amazing parts of our curriculum. We’ve put everything you need in one place. Our science curriculum subscription offers you interactive software and easy to use resources so you can be at your best for your students each and every day. From ready-to-use presentations and lessons, to assessments, to differentiated instruction suggestions, you’ll be thrilled to use our standards-based science curriculum.
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! programs are designed for specific grade levels in order to meet students right where they are with their current scientific knowledge. Our elementary school science curriculum aims to teach foundational knowledge and basic science skills to students so they can continue to build on that knowledge as they progress in school. Our middle school science curriculum programs are also grade-specific, covering life, physical, and earth science and their related concepts.
Teaching for the 21st-Century
In this day and age, teaching requires more innovation and engagement than ever before. TCI’s science curriculum provides interactive tutorials for students, easy-to-access resources for teachers, lesson games, digital textbooks, and so much more. Our integrative technology can be utilized just about anywhere, and we’re confident that it will make your life easier and your classroom more enjoyable. Your students are going to love our engaging lessons with hands-on activities, and you’re going to love the standards integration and the ease-of-use of all of our programs.
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.