Designed for NGSS
New Hampshire science standards are in line with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), which all elementary and middle school science classes must abide by. Here at TCI, we’ve removed the hard work of standards-based lesson planning for you, as we have already done it! All of our science curriculum programs have NGSS embedded in every fiber of them, from lesson plans to activities to assessments. You can explore the NGSS correlations and see exactly where each and every standard fits into our units and lessons. We believe that doing this legwork for you will allow you to engage with your students more and worry about standards less, all the while still ensuring that everything you do in the classroom adheres to New Hampshire standards and NGSS.
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
New Hampshire science curriculum by TCI includes anchoring phenomena at the beginning of each unit. This encourages students to understand the big picture goal of what each unit is trying to accomplish and what they should be learning from each lesson they go through.
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.
Real-world connections are incredibly important for science students to make, and the lesson-level phenomena help with that. The lesson-level phenomena for each lesson will help students explore their world for practical applications of the concepts they’re learning in class.
3-Dimensional Lesson Investigations
Every part of TCI’s New Hampshire science curriculum will funnel through the three dimensions of science learning that were established by NGSS. Crosscutting concepts, disciplinary core ideas, and science and engineering practices are the three dimensions, and they each allow students to connect the real world to scientific concepts and learn key ideas that apply to all disciplines of science.
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.
Hands-on learning is a critical part of science, and TCI’s science curriculum includes many opportunities for students to participate in engineering challenges. These activities encourage critical thinking, problem-solving, and creative investigation to come up with solutions for real-world circumstances.
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.
Each lesson comes with a comprehensive assessment so that you can gauge your students’ understanding of the material you just covered.
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.
At the end of each unit, our assessments will test your students’ retention of comprehensive information from class lessons and activities. These are all based on New Hampshire science standards and NGSS.
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
TCI’s New Hampshire science curriculum has everything you need to teach in one place, including ready-to-use lesson plans and presentations, rich resources for both teachers and students, assessments, NGSS correlations, and more. Grading, lesson planning, and more can all be done using the interactive platform, making everything simpler, easier, and much faster.
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
TCI’s New Hampshire science curriculum is characterized by our Bring Science Alive! programs. We have grade-appropriate programs for all elementary and middle school grades, and each program teaches foundational scientific concepts and practices. Our elementary school science programs help students explore their world like scientists, all the while learning basic practices within a number of scientific disciplines, sparking an early interest in the subject. Our middle school science programs include standards-based studies on earth science, life science, and physical science, covering topics such as weather, energy, cells, and so much more.
Teaching for the 21st-Century
Integrative technology is an important part of TCI’s science curriculum. Middle school and elementary school science teachers in New Hampshire can utilize print and digital textbooks, interactive tutorials, lesson games, and more all on an easy-to-use platform that seamlessly integrates with the technology you already have in your classroom.
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.