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Program Components Reference Text

Interactive Student Notebook

Reference Texts provide background and additional context for students as they complete investigations.

During investigations, students record observations, graph data, construct arguments, and more in their Interactive Student Notebooks.

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History Alive!

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Geography Alive!

At the end of the school year, you’ll be able to look back at the pages of your notebook to see all the science you have explored!

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In the Interactive Student Notebook, you will • think about what you already know • take notes from your reading • record discoveries from each investigation • show what you have learned

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In the Interactive Student Notebook, you will • think about what you already know • take notes from your reading • record discoveries from each investigation 100% • show what you have learned

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Interactive Student Notebook Your Science Investigation Journal

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Cells and Genetics

Interactive Student Notebook

Cells and Genetics

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In the Interactive Student Notebook, you will • think about what you already know • take notes from your reading • record discoveries from each investigation • show what you have learned

Cells and Genetics

Econ Alive!

Adaptations

Government Alive!

Cells and Genetics

TCI offers programs for elementary, middle, and high school classrooms.

Interactive Student Notebook

Bring Learning Alive!

Adaptations

Interactive Student Notebook

Adaptations Bring Learning Alive! TCI offers programs for elementary, middle, and high school classrooms.

Ecosystems

Interactive Student Notebook 100% NGSS Your Science Investigation Journal

At the end of the school year, you’ll be able to look back at the pages of your notebook to see all the science you have explored!

History Alive! Geography Alive!

Econ Alive!

Ecosystems

Government Alive!

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Materials Kits Ready-to-use Materials Kits are prepped and organized for you to seamlessly integrate into each lesson.

Online Resources Simulations, lesson presentations, customizable 3-Dimensional assessments, and more are at your fingertips.


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Bring Science Alive! Life Science Adaptations Unit 1 - The History of Life on Earth Anchoring Phenomenon: Similar fossils have been found in the same aged rock in fossil digs that are over 100 miles apart. Storyline: As a paleontologist, students will collect data from one of six fossil sites around the world. They will analyze the data and find patterns between different fossil sites to form a more comprehensive view of the history of life on Earth.

1 Earth’s History

Phenomenon: You would usually find shells by the ocean, but fossilized shells can be found in the middle of the desert.

2 Fossils and the History of Life

Phenomenon: Dinosaurs once roamed the earth, but now we do not find them alive anywhere.

Engineering Challenge: Designing a Fossil Extraction Toolset Description: Design a tool set based on criteria and constraints, then use it to extract a plaster model of a fossil. Performance Assessment: Analyzing a Fossil Dig Site Anchoring Phenomenon: Similar fossils have been found in the same aged rock in fossil digs that are over 100 miles apart. Storyline: Act as a paleontologist - obtain and organize information from a fossil dig site. Present your findings and then compare the patterns you found at your dig site to patterns found at other dig sites.

Unit 2 - The Evolution of Life Anchoring Phenomenon: Whales live in water and look like big fish, but they have traits of land-dwelling mammals. Storyline: As evolutionary biologists, students will collect data about the survival, anatomy, and evolutionary history of whales. They will analyze the data to explain why whales have internal organs more similar to those of mammals that live on land. Finally,they will try to determine which organism is the closest living relative to the whale.

3 Darwin’s Theory of Evolution Through Natural Selection

Phenomenon: Darwin found many kinds of finches with different sized and shaped beaks on the different islands of the GalĂĄpagos.

4 Observing Natural Selection in Action

Phenomenon: In only 2 years, the average beak size of finches on Daphne Major got almost 1mm larger.

5 Genes and Natural Selection

Phenomenon: Lovebirds in captivity have unique colorations not found in the wild population.

6 Evolutionary Relationships

Phenomenon: Crayfish, spiders, and dragonflies may seem very different at first glance, but they have many similarities.

Performance Assessment: Evolutionary History of Whales Anchoring Phenomenon: Whales live in water and look like big fish, but they have traits of land-dwelling mammals. Storyline: You are an evolutionary biologist. Explore real fossil data, the embryological data on whales, the physical structures of whales and other organisms, and genetic data on whales to support an argument about which organism alive today is most like a whale.


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Unit 3 - Human Impacts on Evolution Anchoring Phenomenon: Moreton Bay in Australia is rapidly declining in health due to increases in population around the bay. Storyline: As part of a bioethics committee, you will research and debate if and how humans should deal with rapid environmental changes that affect the survival and evolution of other organisms. You’ll try to decide whether to mitigate the speed of the environmental changes, use technology to change the rate of evolution, or come to a completely different solution.

7 Artificial Selection

Phenomenon: Bulldog skulls have dramatically changed in shape over the past 150 years.

8 Genetic Engineering and Society

Phenomenon: Before 1922, diabetes was a death sentence. However, by the early 1990s, people with diabetes could live long and relatively normal lives.

9 Human Population and Global Change

Phenomenon: The Aral Sea shrunk to a quarter of its size in only 50 years.

Engineering Challenge: Redesigning “Trash” to Reduce Environmental Impact Description: Design a solution for a local environmental problem using second hand materials. Performance Assessment: Bioethics Debate Anchoring Phenomenon: Moreton Bay in Australia is rapidly declining in health due to increases in population around the bay. Storyline: In a bioethics committee session, research and debate if and how humans should deal with problems around a changing environment. Use evidence to support your arguments.

Cells and Genetics Unit 1 - Traits Anchoring Phenomenon: Organisms have unique physical and behavioral traits that help them survive. Storyline: The island of Madagascar has plants and animals that exist nowhere else on the planet. Plan an eco-tour, highlighting how the unique physical and behavioral traits of these organisms have helped them survive.

1 Traits for Survival

Phenomenon: Humans have opposable thumbs, but turtles do not.

2 Traits for Reproduction

Phenomenon: The blue-footed booby has bright blue feet that the males show off by strutting in front of the females.

Engineering Challenge: Designing a Seed Dispersal Device Description: Design, build, test, and modify a structure for dispersing seeds that mimic the traits that plants have to disperse seeds in nature. Performance Assessment: Planning a Trait Trek to Madagascar Anchoring Phenomenon: Organisms have unique physical and behavioral traits that help them survive. Storyline: Plan a Trait Trek to Madagascar and design a brochure for your travelers that demonstrates how each organism’s unique traits help it survive and reproduce.


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Unit 2 - Bodies Anchoring Phenomenon: People become sick when body systems don’t function properly. Storyline: Everyday, people all over the world get sick. Sometimes they recover; sometimes they don’t. Like a doctor, use evidence from medical charts, test results, and medical fact sheets to “diagnose” problems four patients are experiencing.

3 Interacting Body Systems

Phenomenon: Doctors know generally what is inside a living person’s body without having to cut them open.

Engineering Challenge: Designing a Prosthetic Hand Description: Design, build, test, and modify a prosthetic hand to serve a specific function.

4 Levels of Organization

Phenomenon: Body systems, like the skeletal system, are made of smaller and smaller parts.

5 Controlling Body Systems

Phenomenon: Sometimes people lose their coordination or memory.

Performance Assessment: Diagnosing JJ Anchoring Phenomenon: People become sick when body systems don’t function properly. Storyline: Diagnose your fourth patient, JJ, using your knowledge of body systems and information processing.

Unit 3 - Cells Anchoring Phenomenon: A bacterial cell, created in a biology laboratory, has no parent. Storyline: Some scientists believe they are on the verge of creating life itself. Work as a technician in a biology lab to create a model of a synthetic animal or plant cell. Then, devise a test to determine if synthetic organisms are really alive.

6 Cell Theory

Phenomenon: People once believed that mice could be generated from dirty shirts in bags of wheat.

7 Parts of Cells

Phenomenon: Many cells, like this paramecium, can move around and fulfill their needs without legs or body systems.

Performance Assessment: Modeling Synthetic Cells Anchoring Phenomenon: A bacterial cell, created in a biology laboratory, has no parent. Storyline: Create a model to prototype the development of a synthetic cell and develop an investigation that will determine whether a synthetic cell is a living thing.

Unit 4 -Genes Anchoring Phenomenon: Some organisms look exactly like their parents and others do not. Storyline: Coral reefs around the world are threatened by rising ocean temperatures. Working as an official at a National Park, you’ll use your understanding of genes and inheritance to devise a management plan to save local coral reefs.

8 Proteins, Genes, and Chromosomes

Phenomenon: Some cats have short, straight hair and some cats have long, wavy hair.

9 Inheriting Genes

Phenomenon: Some organisms, like bacteria, are identical to their parents but other organisms, like dogs, are not.

10 Genes and the Environment

Phenomenon: Identical twins look similar but not exactly alike.

Performance Assessment: Conserving Coral Reefs Using Genetics Anchoring Phenomenon: Some organisms look exactly like their parents and others do not. Storyline: In order to save coral reefs in a marine park, design a management plan using your knowledge of coral reproduction, allele combinations, and genetic inheritance.


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Unit 5 - Changes in Genes Anchoring Phenomenon: An organism’s traits can be altered by a change in its genes. Storyline: Organisms’ traits are altered when their genes are changed by mutations or genetic engineering. Critique articles about mutations and genetic engineering by assessing the reliability of each article’s source.

11 Genetic Mutations

Phenomenon: Some people have six fingers on one hand and some grapefruit are bright red.

Engineering Challenge: Designing a Dog Breeding Process Description: Design criteria for how to breed a new type of dog using artificial selection techniques.

12 Engineering and Genetics

Phenomenon: Before the 1990s, there were no glow-in-the-dark mice, but now there are many kinds of glow-inthe-dark mice.

Performance Assessment: Investigating Genetic Engineering Anchoring Phenomenon: An organism’s traits can be altered by a change in its genes. Storyline: Present a news story on genetic engineering techniques and their potential consequences after researching story leads.

Ecosystems Unit 1 - Resources in Ecosystems Anchoring Phenomenon: When various species of cichlid fish are combined in aquariums, some stop eating to the point of dying. Storyline: The living things on our planet interact with each other and with the nonliving parts of the environment in dynamic ecosystems. Apply what you learn about resources, interactions, and changes in ecosystems to solve a problem in the fish exhibit at a zoo.

1 Resources in Living Systems

Phenomenon: Poison dart frogs kept in captivity lose their toxicity over time so they are no longer poisonous.

2 Interactions Among Organisms

Phenomenon: Acacia trees produce a nectar that does not help the tree itself, but is eaten by stinging ants that live on the tree. Engineering Challenge: Preserving Frog-Bat Interactions Description: Build a sound shield to protect acoustic interactions from highway noise.

3 Changing Ecosystems

Phenomenon: Although the 1980 eruption of Mt. St. Helens destroyed all life near the eruption, the area is now covered in green and full of life.

Performance Assessment: Changing Resources for Cichlid Fish Anchoring Phenomenon: When various species of cichlid fish are combined in aquariums, some stop eating to the point of dying. Storyline: Use your understanding of the resources and interactions in dynamic ecosystems to determine what needs changing in the cichlid fish exhibit where some species are unhealthy. Then, present your solution at a conference.


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Unit 2 - Energy and Matter in Ecosystems Anchoring Phenomenon: Over a period of five years, a local park has grown a lot, acquiring an incredible amount of new matter and energy. Storyline: You will take on the role of science animator to represent the invisible pathway that a single atom of carbon and one unit of energy take as they travel through the world.on land. Finally,they will try to determine which organism is the closest living relative to the whale.

4 Capturing the Sun’s Energy

Phenomenon: Epiphytes, plants that can live high in trees, grow and flower in spite of having no roots that touch the ground.

5 Using Stored Energy

Phenomenon: Antlions use a lot of energy to build sandy pits and then lie in wait until an ant falls in, at which point an antlion pegs the ant with sand until it falls to the very bottom of the pit.

6 Food Webs and Trophic Pyramids

Phenomenon: In Yellowstone National Park, it is very easy to observe hundreds of types of plants but nearly impossible to spot a wolf.

7 Global Cycles of Matter

Phenomenon: Runoff from a fertilized field empties into a pond, triggering the growth of green muck.

Performance Assessment: Animating Global Pathways Anchoring Phenomenon: Over a period of five years, a local park has grown a lot, acquiring an incredible amount of new matter and energy. Storyline: Become a science animator. Visualize the invisible global pathways of matter and energy by creating claymation videos. Understand how matter and energy can move between nonliving and living things, causing changes like forest growth in a local park.

Unit 3 - Humans and Changing Ecosystems Anchoring Phenomenon: Abalone populations in southern California have been declining steadily since the 1960s. Storyline: As investigative TV reporters, students will explore the interaction between people and their environment. Learn how scientists use biodiversity to study ecosystem health, how people depend on ecosystems, and how people design solutions when ecosystems are unhealthy. Finally, they’ll report on a local story about human and ecosystem interactions.

8 Biodiversity

Phenomenon: The kakapo is a flightless parrot that lives in New Zealand. In the 1970s, only 18 individuals were left alive; now there are about 160 living individuals.

9 The Importance of Healthy Ecosystems

Phenomenon: Almond farms in California truck in billions of honey bees from around the nation to pollinate their orchards each spring.

10 Engineering Solutions and Protecting Ecosystems

Phenomenon: The populations of wild animals, such as the lynx and rabbit, tend to rise and fall in cycles, but the global human population is just rising—dramatically.

Engineering Challenge: Designing a Fishing Net Description: Design a fishing net that will help preserve biodiversity by targeting certain species rather than all species. Performance Assessment: People and Ecosystems Anchoring Phenomenon: Abalone populations in southern California have been declining steadily since the 1960s. Storyline: Using what you know about human impact on populations, work in groups to research a local story of population growth impacting resources. Present your investigative report to the class.


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A Phenomena-Rich Program TCI believes that phenomena makes science more meaningful for students. Bring Science Alive! provides many opportunities for students to engage with, investigate, and make sense of natural phenomena in their own lives.

Anchoring Phenomenon The anchoring phenomenon encourages students to make connections with the world around them. Students then further explore the phenomenon during the Performance Assessment.

Lesson Phenomenon

Local Phenomenon

Each lesson begins with an investigative phenomenon that is used to pique students’ interest and drive instruction throughout the investigations. At the end of a lesson, students use what they learned to make sense of the phenomenon.

Students build a deeper, personal connection to the phenomenon through direct observation or by conducting research to find out more about the phenomenon in their local area.


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Bring Science Alive! covers a variety of phenomena topics to engage every student.

Multimedia Phenomena

Phenomena are presented through videos, images, and hands-on observations.

Rich multimedia throughout the program provide easy ways for students to interpret the phenomena.


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Three-Dimensional Learning Students set forth to investigate each lesson’s phenomenon. Each carefully-designed investigation guides students through mastering the lesson’s science practices, crosscutting concepts, and disciplinary core ideas.

Lessons are broken out into modules so that teachers can pick and choose what works for their classroom.

Lessons are presented in an easy-to-use, customizable slideshow format.

Pacing is provided for teachers to plan in advance.

Each and every lesson focuses on at least one Science and Engineering Practice, one Disciplinary Core Idea, and one Crosscutting Concept.

Investigations are designed to meet Math and ELA Common Core standards as specified by NGSS.


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Material Kits are prepared and organized to seamlessly integrate into each lesson.

Consumable Materials can easily be ordered online.

Everything needed for one lesson is grouped together into a clearly labeled bag.


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Materials List Bin 1 Engineering Challenge: Designing a Fossil Extraction Toolset

Earth’s History Oval bottle with cap, 12oz

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Pony beads, blue, pkg/480

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Tempera paint, powdered, brown

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Pony beads, green, pkg/480

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Chisel set, pkg/3

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Bag, zip lock, 6x6”

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Chip brush, 1”

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Measuring cup, 2 cup

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Paint brush, synthetic

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Graduated beaker, 200mL

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Toothbrush

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Fossil model, set

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Drill bit, 1/16”, set/7

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Draw string pouch, pkg/25

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Toothpick, red

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Materials List Bin 1 Darwin’s Theory of Evolution Through Natural Selection continued

Chopsticks, pair

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Slip joint pliers

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Sandpaper, coarse

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Boxwood pick, bundle

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Nail

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Test tube, 10mL with cap

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Powder funnel

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Jar, 10g

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Foam balls, small

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Darwin’s Theory of Evolution Through Natural Selection

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Scoops and spoons, assorted, set

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Dry beans, assorted, 1lb

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Marble, 5/8”, pkg/200

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Box, 4.5x4.5x5.5”

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Skewers, bamboo, pkg/100

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Flashlight, keychain

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Fingernail clippers

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Acetate sheet, red

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Observing Natural Selection in Action


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Observing Natural Selection in Action continued

Acetate sheet, blue

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Human Population and Global Change Counting chips, pkg/1000

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Materials List Bin 1 In Box 2, continued Sand, fine, 4 cups

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Soil, 4 cups

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Sand, ultra fine, 4 cups

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Sand, navy blue, 1lb

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Sand, light blue, 1lb

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TCI Adaptations poster

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Sand, green, 2lb

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Hand drill

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Sand, grey, 1lb

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Rubber mallet, 16oz

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Sand, brown, 2lb

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In Box 2 Sand, coarse, 4 cups

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Plaster of paris, 25lb box

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Engineering Challenge: Designing a Seed Dispersal Device continued

Traits for Survival Rubber band, #62

Materials List Bin 1

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Engineering Challenge: Designing a Seed Dispersal Device

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Thread

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Construction paper, pkg/50

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Yarn

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Interacting Body Systems Wax paper, roll

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Aluminum foil, roll

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String

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Measuring tape

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Preserved frog

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Materials List Bin 1 Engineering Challenge: Designing a Prosthetic Hand continued

Engineering Challenge: Designing a Prosthetic Hand

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Cardboard sheet

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Yarn

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Cup, paper, 3 oz

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Levels of Organization Clay, modeling, pkg/4

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Craft sticks, pkg/100

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Elastic cord

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Mounting putty

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Prepared slides, Set/8

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Loose In This Bin Plastic tubing

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Gloves, small, box/100

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Cell Theory

Materials List Bin 2 Cell Theory continued

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Prepared slides, set/6

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Loose In This Bin Methylene blue

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Spray bottle

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Nutrient agar, 23g

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Vial, 10mL, pkg/25

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Microscope slides

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1.5mL Microcentrifuge Tube, pkg/100

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Marker, black

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Petri dish, sterile

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Cotton swab, pkg/2

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Parts of Cells

Materials List Bin 3 Proteins, Genes, and Chromosomes

Box, plastic

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Clay, modeling, pkg/4

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Salt

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Embroidery thread set

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Dialysis tubing, 10ft roll

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Red ribbon

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Genes and the Environment Food coloring, set/4

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Glitter, silver

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Seeds, radish

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Seeds, broccoli

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Performance Assessment: Modeling Synthetic Cells

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Genetic Mutations

Materials List Bin 3 Loose In This Bin

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Pony bead, red, pkg/500

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Tri-bead, green, pkg/480

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Pony bead, white, pkg/1000

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Elastic cord, black

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Ecosystems Materials Kit

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Engineering Challenge: Preserving Frog-Bat Interactions

Materials List Bin 1 Food Webs and Trophic Pyramids

Sound meter

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Transparency film, pkg/32

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Carpet square, 8x8”

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Yarn

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Craft sticks, pkg/100

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Masking tape

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Performance Assessment: Animating Global Pathways

Clay, modeling, pkg/4

Capturing the Sun’s Energy Straw, unwrapped

Global Cycles of Matter

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Engineering Solutions and Protecting Ecosystems

Pie pan, aluminum, 8”

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Pony bead, red, pkg/500

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Cups, 9 oz

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Ecosystems Materials Kit

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Materials List Bin 1 Common Materials

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Twine, 100ft

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Airline tubing, 25ft

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Tap water conditioner, 4oz

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Live materials set, coupon

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Plastic toy fish, small

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Bromothymol blue indicator

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Dissolved oxygen test kit

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Common Materials continued

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Pipette

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Test tube

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TCI Ecosystems poster

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Test tube rack

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Glass aquarium, 5.5 gallon

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Name badge label, pkg/100

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Thinking Like an Engineer Engineering Challenges throughout the program allow for students to think like engineers as they solve real-world problems related to the Anchoring Phenomenon.

Students are assigned roles and come together to solve an engineering problem. This mirrors a real-world engineering team.

Teams develop solutions, conduct iterative testing, and use data (or results) to improve their solutions.

Students come up with their own metrics to measure the success of their design solution.


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Rubrics detail what is expected at each achievement level.

Engineering Challenge Rubric

Students go through the engineering design process for each challenge.

Rubrics are provided for the students so that they can thoughtfully answer questions knowing what they will be graded on.


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Checking Student Progress Bring Science Alive! offers a variety of assessments types to evaluate student learning.

Formative Assessment

Lesson Game In a Lesson Game, students answer selectedresponse questions about the lesson. Results are automatically tracked in your gradebook.

Key Science Concepts Videos, diagrams, and detailed illustrations provide an additional check for students’ understanding.

Notebook Monitor students’ progress in their notebooks as they go through the lesson and investigations.

Interactive Tutorials Students can check their own understanding of main ideas with Interactive Tutorials.

Simulations Students explore scientific concepts through an interactive game-like environment, which allows them to check and evaluate predictions.

Wrap-Up Slides Lead a culturally-responsive discussion with carefully designed three-dimensional questions.


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Summative Assessment Assessment items evaluate mastery of all three NGSS dimensions. Questions range in Depth of Knowledge levels 1-4.

Interactive stimuli engage students and prepare them for digital state tests.

A series of discrete items and performance tasks create a well-rounded assessment.

Performance Assessment

Students work collaboratively or individually to complete the tasks.

Analytical rubrics are provided to assess student work individually.

Hands-on Performance Assessments provide opportunities to check student understanding of the Performance Expectations.


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