Designed for NGSS
Wisconsin science standards are in line with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), and we’ve integrated every important standard into multiple parts of our curriculum programs. We know that standards integration is incredibly challenging and time-consuming, but is also extremely necessary. We’ve designed our science programs around NGSS, and we’ve even listed the NGSS correlations on our website so that you can take a look at what standards are utilized where in our programs.
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
To begin each unit with clear expectations is a must. Students will be presented with anchoring phenomena at the start of every new unit so they can see the goal for the unit and tie what they’re learning back to this overarching idea.
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, you’ll find more phenomena that help students break down the larger essential question into smaller and more specific concepts. They will refer back to these lesson-level phenomena regularly to ensure they are staying on track with their learning and understanding.
3-Dimensional Lesson Investigations
NGSS created three dimensions of science learning to ensure all scientific fields are explored and that foundational knowledge of scientific concepts is taught across all disciplines and grades. Disciplinary core ideas is the first dimension, and it involves key ideas that apply to all scientific disciplines. The second dimension, crosscutting concepts, encourages students to connect concepts from one discipline to other scientific fields. Finally, the third dimension is science and engineering practices, which involves hands-on learning and real-life experiences of what scientists do in their respective fields.
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.
Critical thinking and problem solving are key skills that every scientist needs, and our engineering challenges help foster growth in these areas in even the youngest scientists. Teamwork and collaboration are also important factors for engineering challenges.
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.
Assessments are an incredibly beneficial tool, especially when they’re in line with Wisconsin state science standards and NGSS. You can use these as review, quizzes, tests, or anything in between.
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 CAST format. Students practice taking assessments online to prepare for state tests.
Demonstrating key skills and understanding of concepts is an important part of science education. TCI’s performance assessments allow students to show what they’ve learned and apply that learning to a demonstration.
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
There’s no use in wasting any more of your own time searching for standards, creating countless lesson plans, and writing your own tests. We have created a fully comprehensive science curriculum that is based on NGSS and is perfect for Wisconsin science classrooms. Our ready-to-use lessons and presentations, interactive platforms, teacher and student resources, and assessments will make your job much easier. Class duration timelines, class activity recommendations, and engaging lessons are just a few things you’ll get from TCI, and it’s all right at your fingertips.
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 is made up of numerous teachers, and the scientists among us have always dreamed of bringing science to life in the classroom. That’s why we created our Bring Science Alive! curricula with engaging lessons, fascinating activities, and interactive materials to get your students excited about science. Our middle school science curriculum covers a variety of topics, including earth science, life science, and physical science. Our elementary school science curriculum is based on age-appropriate concepts and foundational science knowledge to help students discover a love for science at an early age.
Teaching for the 21st-Century
Our interactive platform is easily integrated into your classroom’s current technological capabilities. We’re confident your students will love our software, digital textbooks, interactive tutorials, lesson games, and more. Engaging your students is key, and innovative curriculum like ours is the best way to ensure they learn and retain what you’re teaching.
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.