Designed for NGSS
Standards-based instruction can be frustrating, but it is a necessary part of planning, teaching, and assessing. Rather than spend countless hours sifting through standards and ensuring every part of your lesson plan aligns with standards, we’ve done the work for you. All of TCI’s curriculum programs are designed for Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and Oklahoma state science standards. We even provide you with a list of all NGSS correlations for each unit in our science curriculum programs so that you can see the exact standards you’re looking for and the specific lessons they’re included in.
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.
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
New science units bring new concepts and information, so we begin each new unit with anchoring phenomena. This helps students focus on the goal of the unit, and improves retention and understanding of what they’re learning.
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 phenomena to help students understand more intricate concepts that relate to the unit-level anchoring phenomena.
3-Dimensional Lesson Investigations
NGSS has established three dimensions of science learning to keep foundational skills and diverse scientific knowledge at the forefront of science education. The three dimensions are crosscutting concepts, disciplinary core ideas, and science and engineering practices, and are designed to help students make connections across various scientific fields, learn foundational skills that apply to all scientific disciplines, and explore real-life scientific opportunities.
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.
Engineering challenges bring real-world opportunities to your students to explore what real scientists do in a hands-on way. These challenges encourage critical thinking and problem-solving skills, as well as teamwork 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.
Assessments are a necessary part of science education, but they can be challenging to create in an effective and helpful way. Our lesson-level assessments are ready-made, and you can use them in any way you choose. As with all other parts of our curriculum, Oklahoma science standards and NGSS are integrated into each lesson-level assessment.
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.
Written responses are not always an effective gauge of understanding, particularly in science. Performance assessments are an important part of science education as they give students the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding and application of a concept or skill.
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
It’s one thing to have everything prepared for teaching your science classes, but it’s something entirely different to have all of those resources in one place. Everything you need to teach engaging lessons, complete fascinating in-class activities, and give helpful, standards-based assessments is at your fingertips with TCI’s online subscription.
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.
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 were created to engage your students fully throughout every step of their science education. Elementary school science curriculum focuses on foundational skills and knowledge for younger scientists to establish a love of science from an early age. Middle school science curriculum teaches earth, life, and physical science while constantly building on the foundational skills and baseline knowledge that students already have. All programs are, of course, based on Oklahoma science standards and NGSS.
Teaching for the 21st-Century
Ready-to-use lesson plans, already prepared presentations, assessments, lesson games, interactive tutorials, and more are just a few of the amazing features that come with TCI’s science curriculum. Engaging your students is vital to their learning and retention, so we offer digital and print textbooks, differentiated instruction opportunities, easy-to-use software, and more to bring your classroom into the 21st century.
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.