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Science

Through Course Task (TCT)

Published: 3/9/2020 9:49 AM
Through Course Task (TCT) Expectations 

TCTs are a vital component for a fully functioning and comprehensive science assessment system. To continue to improve high-quality teaching and learning in science, time should be dedicated to not only refining and reflecting on the past use of TCTs, but also to continuing to prepare students for the demands of 3-dimensional science assessments.   

More details about the assessment system may be found on the Science Assessment System page. 


Through Course Task Bank

The TCT Database is populated with TCTs available across grade levels and addressing the science and engineering processes as well as the crosscutting concepts. As TCTs are added to the database, they will be removed from the previously used SharePoint site.

  • Each TCT document is protected by a Creative Commons License

    • Users of TCTs may copy and redistribute materials provided users give credit using the link to the creative commons license. 

    • Users may NOT use the material for any commercial purposes.

    • Users may not remix, transform, or build upon the TCT and distribute for use. 


Please email the science team if you have any questions.


The list may be sorted alphabetically by column. To sort, select the desired column header. It is also possible to search for text within a column.

Through Course Task
DownloadGrade LevelPhenomenon within the taskScience and Engineering PracticesCrosscutting Concepts
Delivering the Dung6, 7​Celestial Navigation by Dung BeetlesEngaging in Argument from Evidence; Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating InformationCause and Effect
Dissolving Chocolate Covered Candies6, 7Effect of Temperature on Dissolving Rate​Planning Carrying Out Investigations; Constructing Explanations and Designing SolutionsCause and Effect
Dog Coat Color1Genetics of Dog Coat Color in Laborador RetrieversAnalyzing and Interpreting Data; Engaging in Argument from EvidencePatterns
Drought in the Galapagos9, 10, 11, 12​Natural SelectionAnalyzing and Interpreting Data; Engaging in Argument from EvidenceStructure and Function
Ecosystem Changes6Interdependency in Ecosystems​Developing and Using ModelsStability and Change
EMR Don't Damage My DNA9, 10, 11, 12​High Energy EMR can damage DNAUsing Mathematics and Computational Thinking; Engaging in Argument from EvidencePatterns; Cause and Effect
Factors Affecting Balloon Deflation9, 10, 11, 12​Gases Escape from Latex Balloons Due to Microscopic HolesAsking Questions and Defining Problems; Planning Carrying Out Investigations; Analyzing and Interpreting DataCause and Effect
Fishy Fortuneteller6Hygroscopic Material​Asking Questions and Defining Problems; Planning Carrying Out InvestigationsPatterns
Germinating Seeds2Effect of Heat on Seed GerminationUsing Mathematics and Computational Thinking; Engaging in Argument from EvidencePatterns
Giant Fruits and Vegetables7Environmental Influence on Plant GrowthAnalyzing and Interpreting Data; Constructing Explanations and Designing SolutionsPatterns; Cause and Effect
Going Viral9, 10, 11, 12​Characterisitics of Living ThingsAnalyzing and Interpreting Data; Engaging in Argument from EvidencePatterns
Got Gas?9, 10, 11, 12Lactose IntoleranceAnalyzing and Interpreting Data; Obtaining, Evaluating and Communicating Information; Constructing Explanations and Designing SolutionsPatterns
Horsing Around8Fossil Evidence for EvolutionAnalyzing and Interpreting Data; Constructing Explanations and Designing SolutionsCause and Effect
How Sweet it Is9, 10, 11, 12Artificial Sweeteners and ObesityAnalyzing and Interpreting Data; Asking Questions and Defining ProblemsCause and Effect
Hybrid Chickens9, 10, 11, 12Genetics of Hybrid ChickensAnalyzing and Interpreting Data; Engaging in Argument from EvidenceStability and Change; Patterns
Icicles on My House7Formation of IciclesAnalyzing and Interpreting Data; Constructing Explanations and Designing SolutionsEnergy and Matter; Cause and Effect
Johnnys Pendulum3​Pendulum Period / Experimental DesignAsking Questions and Defining Problems; Planning Carrying Out Investigations; Constructing Explanations and Designing SolutionsCause and Effect
Junk Drawer Finds2Properties of MatterAsking Questions & Defining Problems; Planning & Carrying Out InvestigationsPatterns
Just Like Me1Similarities in Functions of Body StructuresAnalyzing and Interpeting Data; Engaging in Argument from EvidencePatterns
Just Passing Through1Interaction of Light with Materials​Planning Carrying Out Investigations; Engaging in Argument from EvidencePatterns



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