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TCI classrooms are active, fun, and immersive spaces where students confidently question and explore the world as scientists do. See our NGSS alignment.
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:
Bring Science Alive! makes the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) easy and engaging. See our NGSS alignment.
TCI’s phenomenon-based unit storylines provide real-world problems for students to connect their learning with their experiences. Hands-on investigations enable 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.
TCI’s programs include a number of reading tools, strategies, and activities to provide extra support for students. Explore our English language support features
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.
To keep science expertise at your fingertips, TCI provides Science Backgrounds and misconceptions for each lesson in print and online. Plan ahead with pacing guides and step-by-step procedures, modify with differentiating instruction and enhancing learning, and check student work with answer keys.
Jennifer DeGraaf’s district adopted Bring Science Alive! in 2020. Since teaching with the program, Jennifer noticed how teachers felt more confident covering science concepts and NGSS, students gained a solid grasp of complex content, and the program’s flexible nature made planning easy.
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