Designed for NGSS
One of the most challenging parts of teaching science is standards integration. Because TCI is made up of former educators, we know the struggle, so we’ve done the work for you. All of our middle school and elementary science curriculum programs have Vermont science standards integrated seamlessly into every part of the program. The Vermont standards are based on NGSS, or the Next Generation Science Standards, which ensure that the entire US is giving a quality science education to all students. We provide NGSS correlations for you as well, allowing you to see the Vermont science standards and how they are used throughout each unit, lesson, assessment, and more.
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.
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
Each unit within our science curriculum programs establishes an essential question in the form of anchoring phenomena and storylines. This allows students to refer back to the main idea of a unit so they are focusing on understanding 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.
It’s important for students to grasp understanding of overarching concepts, but they also must gain knowledge of smaller, more minute concepts and ideas. Lesson-level phenomena break the primary essential question down into smaller ideas so that students can understand all aspects of a concept or idea.
3-Dimensional Lesson Investigations
NGSS has set forth this idea of three-dimensional science learning, which allows students to make connections between scientific concepts and the real world, further expanding on science literacy and understanding. The three dimensions of science learning include crosscutting concepts, disciplinary core ideas, and science and engineering practices. Each of these dimensions focuses on a different part of science learning to ensure as much comprehensive knowledge as possible. The dimensions help students see that certain principles apply to several fields of science and that some foundational scientific knowledge can apply to a variety of branches of science. They also help students explore what real scientists do on a daily basis and how that helps the world around them.
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.
A favorite part of science curriculum, for both the teachers and the students, is the experiments and engineering challenges. Not only do these help solidify understanding of core scientific concepts, but they also give students an opportunity to ask questions, take risks, and work in collaboration with others.
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.
Customizable assessments are a major benefit of TCI’s science curriculum, but we’ve gone even farther than other curriculum companies by providing you with lesson-level assessments. These can be used any way you’d like and are not only customizable, but they are also in line with Vermont science standards and NGSS.
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 state test format. Students practice taking assessments online to prepare for state tests.
Demonstration of a learned skill or showing understanding of a concept is an important part of any science class. Our science curriculum programs present you with ample opportunities to assess your students’ performance of understanding, whether as an in-class assignment, quiz, or test.
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
Teaching science is incredibly rewarding and fun, but it can also be a lot of work. We have not only minimized the prep time you need before class, but here at TCI, we’ve also put everything you need in one place to make teaching science simpler and more enjoyable. All of our teacher resources and student resources are easily accessible on our easy-to-use platform, and you can view our science curriculum resources on a variety of devices.
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.
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
All of our science curriculum programs were created with the goal of engaging students and helping them learn, understand, and retain the concepts being taught. With Vermont science standards and NGSS on top of that, our science curriculum is the best there is. Our elementary science curriculum gives our youngest learners a foundational knowledge of scientific concepts and terms so that they are actively engaged and can connect their science lessons at school with the world around them. Our middle school science curriculum pushes the envelope of scientific understanding by engaging students in activities that build on foundational knowledge. Middle school students learning our science curriculum will explore earth science, physical science, and life science in a way that engages them and allows them to interact with the material, leading to better understanding and retention.
Teaching for the 21st-Century
It’s no secret that middle school science curriculum is embracing today’s advancing technology, but elementary science curriculum is doing the same! Science classrooms are expanding in their technological integration, and TCI is leading the way in this innovation. Our science curriculum is ready to embrace the changes of the 21st century and improve teaching and learning science for everyone involved.
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.