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We look forward to seeing you at NSTA this year! Check out the workshop descriptions below to learn more about how TCI’s Bring Science Alive! programs fit right into your classroom.

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Integrating Crosscutting Concepts into Your Classroom

April 12, 8-9:30 Rm. 265

Join TCI in an engaging Bring Science Alive! investigation that will get you linking the different domains of science. Participants will experience this lesson from the students’ perspective as they observe patterns, cause and effect, and other crosscutting concepts to enrich their application of practices and their understanding of core ideas.

Possible Program/Lesson: Gr. 5, Unit 2, L4: How Do Farming and Industry Affect Earth’s Systems?

Presenter: Brian

Beyond Building: Teaching Engineering Design

April 12, 10-11:30 Rm. 265

In this session, participants will take on the role of students as they learn about the Engineering Design Process. They will participate in fun investigations where they learn about all aspects of being an engineer, including designing processes for solving problems, like algorithms.

Possible Program/Lesson: Cells Unit 2 Engineering Challenge: Designing a Prosthetic Hand and Cells Unit 5 Engineering Challenge: Designing a Dog Breeding Process

Presenter: Deanna

Discussing the Inevitable – Preparing Students for the State Tests

April 12, 12-1:30 Rm 265

The new NGSS state tests are around the corner. Join TCI as we dive into what’s new in the tests, and how Bring Science Alive! prepares students from the start of the school year.

Possible Program/Lesson: Gr. 8, Integrated, Segment 1, Lesson 2: Forces in Interactions (AKA Forces & Energy, Unit 1, Lesson 2)

Presenter: Nathan

Performance Assessments: Creating Engaging Tasks

April 12, 2-3:30 Rm 265

Join TCI as we examine Performance Assessments as resources for students to demonstrate their mastery of NGSS performance expectations. Participants will learn how to create their own Performance Assessments, including a storyline, student guidelines, and rubrics that truly show the three-dimensional aspect of NGSS. Participants will take home complete performance assessments for immediate use in the classroom.

Possible Program/Lesson: Gr. 8, Integrated, Segment 2, Designing a Light Art Piece, (AKA Waves, Unit 2, Performance Assessment)

Presenter: Dawn

Using a Variety of Methods to Assess for the Three Dimensions

April 12, 4-5:30 Rm 265

What does a Three-Dimensional Assessment look like? Join us as we explore the ways TCI helps teachers assess the three dimensions throughout an entire unit. Participants will walk away with a better understanding of the different assessments which have been created around 3-D and ways to implement them throughout the lessons.

Possible Program/Lesson: Gr. 3, Unit 3, Lesson 4: Why Do Some Members of Species Survive and Not Others

Presenter: Deanna

The Components of a Truly Integrated Program

April 13, 8am – 9:30 Rm 265

What are the differences between an Integrated Science Curriculum and a Discipline Science Curriculum? Join us in this session as we dive into the components of a truly integrated program. Participants will walk away with tactics to seamlessly incorporate multiple disciplines into the same lesson.

Possible Program/Lesson: Gr. 8, Integrated, Segment 6, Lesson 33: Human Population and Global Change, Investigation 1, (AKA Adaptations, Unit 3, Lesson 9: Human Population and Global Change, Investigation 1)

Presenter: Nathan

Is there such a thing as too much phenomena?

April 13, 12-1:30 rm 265

More than just a buzzword, phenomena are essential to truly learning science by making science more meaningful for students. Bring Science Alive! programs have many opportunities for students to engage with, investigate, and make sense of natural phenomena. Participants will learn how to incorporate a variety of phenomena at different levels of the lesson.

Possible Program/Lesson: Gr. 6, Integrated, Segment 1, Lesson 5 Parts of a Cell, (AKA Cells and Genetics, Unit 3, Lesson 7)

Presenter: Brian

Integrating Literacy Skills in Elementary Science Investigations

April 13, 2-3:30 Rm 265

Essential to good scientific practice is the ability to communicate an argument effectively. Join TCI for an interactive science investigation using Bring Science Alive! We will demonstrate how to integrate reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language skills while guiding students in developing their science knowledge.

Possible Program/Lesson: Gr. 4, Unit 2, Lesson 1: How are Energy and Motion Related?

Presenter: Dawn

Let’s Get into (Particle) Motion! States of Matter Using Three-Dimensional Learning

April 13, 10-11:30 am

In this session, we’ll use a powerful online learning system to develop a model that predicts and describes changes in particle motion, temperature, and state of a pure substance under given conditions. Participants will experience learning from a student’s perspective and see how all three dimensions are incorporated into the lesson.

Possible Program/Lesson: Gr. 7, Integrated, Segment 3, Lesson 23: The Motion of Particles – Investigation 1 & 2, (AKA Matter, Unit 2, Lesson 4)

Presenter: Nathan

How to Develop and Revise Models in Order to Explain Phenomena

April 13, 4-5:30 Rm. 265

In this hands-on session, we’ll conduct a Bring Science Alive! investigation that gets students engaged in explaining phenomena and solving problems like real-world scientists and engineers.  Join TCI and leave with everything you need to implement phenomena-driven lessons in the science classroom.

Possible Program/Lesson: Gr. 8, Integrated, Segment 4, Engineering Challenge: Engineering a Damping Device, (AKA Space, Unit 3, Engineering Challenge)

Presenter: Brian