Designed for NGSS
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) set the precedent for what students need to learn and know in their science classes within each grade level. We know you’ve got a lot on your plate already, and we aim to make your lesson planning easier than ever by incorporating NGSS into each lesson, assessment, and activity. For the state of New York, middle school and elementary school science classes adhere to NGSS, so we’ve incorporated their standards seamlessly into each facet of our curriculum programs. Lessons are engaging, standards-based, and effective at helping students absorb and retain core concepts.
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
Each unit starts with anchoring phenomena so that students can stay focused on the main idea and work towards achieving the standards set forth by NGSS within that particular unit.
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 also utilizes lesson-level phenomena to help students make connections between the lessons within the classroom and concepts and situations in the real world.
3-Dimensional Lesson Investigations
NGSS has established three dimensions of science learning that they believe should be applied to all science curriculum. We have embraced these three dimensions and included applicable ways of experiencing them within each curriculum program. Students will learn concepts through the lenses of these three dimensions: crosscutting concepts, science and engineering practices, and disciplinary core ideas.
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.
Real-life application of scientific concepts is key to helping students fully understand and retain what they’re hearing during lessons. Engineering challenges allow students to explore problem-solving and critical thinking to create solutions to scientific problems.
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.
Our ready-made assessments for individual lessons are sure to make your job easier and less time-consuming outside of class. Our lesson-level assessments test students’ knowledge of NGSS from each lesson, and TCI’s New York science curriculum allows students to learn and grow more substantially due to impeccably designed lessons and assessments.
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 must show that they understand what is being taught, and our performance assessments can help you gauge their true understanding of lessons and concepts. Each performance assessment is designed with NGSS in mind, and each question comes directly from the lessons and curriculum that you’re going through in class.
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
Utilizing your school’s science curriculum shouldn’t be exhausting and difficult. That is why we’ve put everything you need to be the best science teacher possible in one place. Our TCI science curriculum subscription includes access to the best teacher and student resources, ready-to-use lesson plans, assessments, an interactive platform, and so much more. We know you’re going to love TCI’s science curriculum for New York middle school and elementary school.
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
As you work through TCI’s science curriculum and teach each lesson, you can refer back to the specific standards that apply to each concept with our list of NGSS correlations. You can see the unit each standard is covered in and can further explore each standard to ensure it is met in your classroom. Our middle school Bring Science Alive! programs cover life, earth, and physical science and each program for New York science classrooms is in line with NGSS. Additionally, our elementary school science classrooms utilize grade-specific concepts and units, all while adhering to NGSS and New York standards.
Teaching for the 21st-Century
Teaching today has become more integrative and more interactive than ever before. Students learn better when they are actively engaged in the material and when they are utilizing innovative technology to explore concepts and experiencing the concepts in real life. Between digital textbooks, interactive tutorials, lesson games, and differentiated instruction, you and your students will love the Bring Science Alive! programs from TCI. We’ve designed all our New York science curriculum with teachers in mind, and we’ve done the legwork of including NGSS, creating assessments, and planning engaging and exciting lessons for each and every unit and concept that you need to teach.
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.