Bring Science Alive! for Middle School Classrooms

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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.

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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.

  • Adaptable Investigations
  • Real-World Engineering Challenges
  • Rich Multimedia
  • Assessments
  • Support for All Learners
  • Teacher Support

Designed for NGSS

Bring Science Alive! makes the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) easy and engaging. Learn more about TCI and NGSS.

Three Dimensional Learning

You’ll find each of the three dimensionsScience and Engineering Practices, Disciplinary Core Ideas, and Crosscutting Conceptsin every TCI lesson.

Unit Storylines

From devising a plan to save local coral reefs to designing tools for extreme weather, students work as scientists to create solutions to various real-world issues introduced in the unit storyline.

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Explaining Phenomena

From anchoring phenomena to local phenomena, TCI’s programs are rich with phenomena that stoke students’ curiosity about the world around them.

Adaptable Investigations

You’ll find investigations that you can teach as is or modify based on your students’ needs.

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Engaging Multimedia

Learning Libraries

Add more videos, games, and simulations from our ever-expanding learning libraries.

STEM Biographies

Read or watch videos about diverse, trailblazing scientists from the Biography Library.

Real-World Engineering Challenges

From creating prosthetic hands to helping a Mars rover camera land smoothly, students build solutions to real-world problems through engineering challenges.

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Many Ways to Assess

Formative Assessments

Students process the investigation in multiple ways, including science talks, lesson games, and Making Sense of Phenomena assignments.

NGSS-Designed Tests

Assess students’ progress toward the Performance Expectations with three-dimensional questions modeled after state tests.

Performance Assessment

Units culminate in Performance Assessments where students explain the anchoring phenomena while solving real-world problems.

Support for All Learners

TCI’s programs include a number of reading tools, strategies, and activities to provide extra support for students. Explore our English language support features

Built-In Reading Support

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.

Spanish Immersion

TCI’s programs are available in English and Spanish to support immersion classrooms and English Learners. 

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Differentiating Instruction

Each lesson includes adjustments to support English Learners, Learners with Special Education Needs, Learners Reading and Writing Below Grade Level, and Advanced Learners. 

Teacher Support

Planning Tools

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.

Seamless Tech Integrations

Rostering + Learning Management Systems
Our digital platform integrates seamlessly, allowing you to stay connected with your students. Explore our LMS integrations.

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