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See how Bring Science Alive! makes NGSS come to life and empowers all students on their journey to a lifelong love of science. Watch this video to preview our program’s:
From anchoring phenomena to local phenomena, TCI’s programs are rich with phenomena that stoke students’ curiosity about the world around them. Students to explore, explain, and make sense of phenomena.
Interactive engineering challenges and Investigations allow students to explore, design, and solve problems related to Disciplinary Core Ideas.
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 unit’s Performance Expectations.
TCI understands the time challenges elementary teachers face in balancing multiple subjects. So we provide flexible investigations that can be chunked to fit your schedule. Explore lesson options
Students can process the investigation in multiple ways, including science talks, Lesson Review Games, and self-assessments to help them reflect on their growing understanding of NGSS concepts.
The NGSS-designed test assesses students’ progress toward the Performance Expectations. The three-dimensional questions are modeled after state tests.
The unit culminates in a Performance Assessment where students get hands-on to solve the real-world problem introduced in the storyline and explain the Anchoring Phenomenon.
Students develop literacy skills by reading informational texts that cover the disciplinary core ideas from the standards and reinforce concepts from the investigation.
Math is also integrated throughout the program. Following NGSS-recommended integration, the program includes opportunities to develop math skills appropriate for the grade level.
Tools like differentiated reading levels, text-to-speech, main ideas, and highlighting provide extra reading support. Students can build their vocabulary with checks for understanding and vocabulary cards.
TCI’s programs are available in English and Spanish to support immersion classrooms and English Learners.
Each lesson includes adjustments to support English Learners, Learners with Special Education Needs, Learners Reading and Writing Below Grade Level, and Advanced Learners.
TCI provides comprehensive planning tools for each lesson in print and online. Plan ahead with science backgrounds and step-by-step procedures, modify with differentiating instruction and enhancing learning, and check student work with answer keys.
TCI is a supportive partner for teachers and provides live and self-paced professional development where you can earn certificates.
Rostering + Learning Management Systems
Our digital platform integrates seamlessly, allowing you to stay connected with your students. Explore our LMS integrations.
I’ve been impressed with how students have been able to rise to the challenge of a difficult investigation, and they’ve been able to walk away with a feeling of accomplishment and a solid grasp of complex content.
– Jennifer DeGraaff, Grade 3-5 Science Teacher
TCI is more inquiry-based with investigations and student-centered learning. It really allowed my students to be more engaged, take control of what they’re learning, and be at the forefront of it all.
– Sara Cummings, 2nd Grade Science Teacher