Engage Students Whenever and Wherever They Are
At TCI, we believe learning should not be confined to the classroom. Our flexible curriculum is aligned with NGSS standards and allows teachers to smoothly transition from physical classrooms to blended learning environments using the various resources and tools on our digital platform. We are committed to making sure our curriculum and our products keep teachers and students ahead in the ever-changing world of education.
Designed for NGSS
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Explaining Phenomena Phenomenon-based unit storylines provide real-world problems for students to connect their own experiences. Investigations, the Interactive Student Notebook, and Key Science Concepts enable students to explore, explain, and make sense of phenomena.
Designing Solutions Engineering Challenges and investigations present problems directly relating to Disciplinary Core Ideas to students. Students strive to design solutions to these problems.
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.
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Make sure to check out all of our science programs for elementary and middle school students. Keeping students engaged and challenged with our investigations is a great way to help them develop a curiosity for the sciences both in and outside the classroom.
Anchoring Phenomena and Storylines
Unit-level phenomena encourage students to make connections with the world around them. Each phenomenon is introduced with an embedded video as shown in the example. Students then further explore the phenomenon at the end of the unit during the Performance Assessments.
Each lesson begins with an investigative phenomenon to pique students’ interest and drive instruction throughout the investigation. This lesson-level phenomenon is linked back to the unit-level phenomenon.
Three-Dimensional Lesson Investigations
Hands-on investigations in every lesson provide students opportunities to practice all three dimensions. Teachers are given support within the lesson guides to see exactly where that three-dimensional learning happens.
Bead bracelets 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 survive.
Develop a model that shows the relationship between particle motion and states of matter.
Engineering Challenges and investigations encourage students to design solutions to problems directly relating to Disciplinary Core Ideas.
Build an earthquake table and then design the tallest, quake-resistant structure possible.
Design, build, test, and modify a structure for dispersing seeds that mimic how plants disperse seeds in nature.
NGSS has changed how students are assessed! Lesson Assessments include a variety of selected response and constructed response questions that incorporate the three-dimensions: Disciplinary Core Ideas, Science and Engineering Practices, and crosscutting concepts. You’ll be provided with answer keys and rubrics. View how tightly we align with the NGSS correlations.
Each unit of Bring Science Alive! includes a Performance Assessment. The activities and written oral assignments allow teachers to assess student understanding of science content within the context of the unit storyline and phenomenon. 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
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 book. Our bundle makes it easy to keep a 21st-century classroom while using our textbook.
Materials It can get busy planning lessons and activities, grading, and staying ahead of your class. This is why our Bring Science Alive! Materials Kits are prepared in advance for you, neatly organized and ready to use.
Teaching for the 21st Century
Our digital resources make preparing, teaching, assigning, and grading easier and more convenient than ever. We help you take the legwork out of preparing and planning so that you can spend more of your time helping students succeed. Sneak a peek at our features.