Designed for NGSS
Keeping you organized and engaging to your students is one of our main goals at TCI. We know that lesson planning is a lot of work, not to mention time-consuming, and we know one of your biggest concerns is adhering to Delaware science standards. All of our ready-to-teach lesson presentations are in line with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), ensuring that your students are not only learning what they need to know for state standardized testing, but they are also learning and understanding core concepts that will keep them engaged and interested in class all year long.
When it comes to meeting Delaware science standards, including adhering to school requirements and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), we’ve got you covered. We know it’s a challenge to stay on top of planning and keep your students engaged, and that’s why we’ve created the best science curriculum for elementary and middle school science classrooms.
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
Throughout your lessons, students will be able to reference an essential question associated with each unit to help students understand the big picture.
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.
Within each lesson, students will explore an investigative phenomenon that offers them an opportunity to connect the in-class concepts to real-world situations.
3-Dimensional Lesson Investigations
In addition to having each lesson and unit aligned with NGSS, all included assessments are based on the three dimensions of science learning put forth by NGSS. Students will learn and be tested on crosscutting concepts, science and engineering practices, and disciplinary core ideas to ensure they fully and completely learn and comprehend the science curriculum.
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.
You will find engineering challenges throughout the lesson plans that help students tap into their critical thinking and problem-solving skills to come up with solutions to a variety of situations.
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.
We know you already work hard as it is, and our job is to make your job easier. We have created the best science curriculum that is based on Delaware science standards, and it is ready to use in your classroom. Our lesson-level customizable assessments are the perfect way to keep your students involved in the lessons and gauge their understanding upon completion of a lesson.
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 new state test format. Students practice taking assessments online to prepare for state tests.
Performance assessments are a key factor in testing your students’ understanding and ensuring they are grasping core concepts set out by NGSS. Customizable performance assessments that pull directly from the curriculum are available with all of our Bring Science Alive! programs.
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
Between incredible teacher resources, engaging student resources, and an interactive platform where everything is in one place, you’ll be thrilled to utilize TCI’s standards-based science curriculum in your school or classroom. All TCI science curricula were created with a focus on Delaware state standards to make your job easier and your teaching more productive. With every lesson, you can look at the Table of Contents to see how each part of the lesson aligns with Delaware science standards and each of the three dimensions of NGSS.
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
You can explore which standard and performance expectations are covered in which unit within NGSS correlations, and you can check out each Bring Science Alive! program for middle school and elementary school science classes. Between grade-based curriculum for elementary students and life, earth, and physical science for middle school students, we’ve got every Delaware science standard covered in our engaging, ready-to-use lesson plans within each of our science programs.
Teaching for the 21st-Century
Our student resources were created to make your job easier and help your students learn better. Our curriculum is complete with digital and print textbooks, interactive tutorials, differentiated instruction to meet the learning styles of every student, and lesson games to encourage retention of material. Our curriculum packages make it easy to keep up with the current technological advances available to classrooms while still utilizing a Delaware state standards-based textbook.
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.