Aligned with NGSS
TCI’s science curriculum is designed to meet NGSS and New Jersey science standards for the most effective and comprehensive science curriculum available. Next Generation Science Standards are integrated into each and every lesson, and you can even explore NGSS correlation to see which standards are utilized in which units, lessons, and assessments.
Explaining Phenomena Phenomenon-based unit storylines provide real-world problems for students to connect to their own experiences. Investigations, the Interactive Student Notebook, and Key Science Concepts enable students to explore, explain, and make sense of phenomena.
Designing Solutions Engineering Challenges and investigations present to students problems directly relating to Disciplinary Core Ideas. Students strive to design solutions to these problems.
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.
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
Throughout your lessons, students will be able to reference an essential question associated with each unit to help students understand the big picture.
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.
Every lesson in our ready-to-use lesson plans is complete with lesson-level phenomena to help students connect smaller concepts with bigger ones so that they get an overarching understanding of the branch of science being studied.
3-Dimensional Lesson Investigations
TCI’s science curriculum is built around NGSS’s three dimensions of science learning. These not only align with the appropriate Next Generation Science Standards, but they also incorporate New Jersey science standards for more comprehensive lessons and teaching. Science and engineering practices help students explore the behaviors and mindsets of real scientists as the research and explore the world. Crosscutting concepts refer to ideals that apply to all domains of science. Disciplinary core ideas are key concepts that include the most important aspects 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.
TCI’s science curriculum provides engineering challenges and hands-on opportunities for students to tackle real problems in the scientific world. They do this by working collaboratively, thinking critically, and utilizing and applying problem-solving skills.
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 vital for you to understand where your students are with the information presented to them. Gauge their comprehension of NGSS and related New Jersey science standards with our ready-to-use lesson-level assessments.
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.
Performance assessments can be used to determine how well students are grasping that material that you’re teaching. Utilize them however you wish, but rest assured that they are based on the pre-made lesson plans, NGSS and New Jersey science standards.
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
Our goal is to minimize the legwork you have to do before teaching and maximize the engagement and retention of your students during class. That’s why we’ve created a comprehensive curriculum that will provide you with everything you need for your middle school or elementary school science class. Ready-to-use presentations, pre-made lesson plans, assessments, interactive activities, and so much more are just some of the features that make TCI’s standards-based science curriculum the best available.
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 know you’re committed to expanding and improving overall academic excellence, and our science curriculum helps you stay focused on achieving that goal. Our elementary school science curricula include grade-based programs that focus on age-appropriate science practices. Similarly, our middle school science curricula meet students where they are with their scientific knowledge and build on it with core concepts in life science, earth science, and physical science, all the while staying in line with NGSS and New Jersey science standards.
Teaching for the 21st-Century
We know you want your classroom to be technologically advanced and running as effectively as possible. We also know that you want your students to learn in whatever way is easiest for them, and that often includes technology. Our science curriculum is ready to be integrated into your 21st century classroom to allow you and your students to make the most of the material. Print and digital textbooks, interactive software, online assessments and lessons games, and more will help you embrace technology and keep your students interested and engaged through each and every science lesson.
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.