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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
Levi and FriendK​Heavier Objects Require More Force to Move (All Other Things Being Equal)Developing and Using Models; Constructing Explanations and Designing SolutionsCause and Effect
Lion Troubles4​Engineering Design / Lions Eating Livestock in AfricaEngaging in Argument from Evidence; Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating InformationCause and Effect
Locating the Lighthouse4Coastal Erosion​Asking Questions and Defining Problems; Analyzing and Interpreting DataCause and Effect
Lunar Phases6​Lunar PhasesDeveloping and Using Models; Constructing Explanations and Designing SolutionsCause and Effect
Manny's Trip3Climate Not Determined Only by Latitude​Analyzing and Interpreting Data; Engaging in Argument from EvidencePatterns
Matter Models5Evaporation of WaterDeveloping and Using Models; Constructing Explanations and Designing SolutionsCause and Effect
Mentos and Soda9, 10, 11, 12​Release of Dissolved CO2 Due to Nucleation SitesAsking Questions and Defining Problems; Planning Carrying Out InvestigationsPatterns; Cause and Effect
More Mantises5Populations within Ecosystems are Interdependent​Developing and Using Models; Engaging in Argument from EvidenceSystems and System Models
Osmoregualtion9, 10, 11, 12​Osmoregulation in FishDeveloping and Using Models; Engaging in Argument from EvidenceStability and Change
Outside RecessKindergartenWeather Changes DailyAnalyzing and Interpreting Data; Using Mathematics and Computational ThinkingCause and Effect
Picnic Time1​ShadowsAnalyzing and Interpreting Data; Engaging in Argument from EvidencePatterns
Pots and Pans4Engineering DesignAnalyzing and Interpreting Data; Engaging in Argument from EvidenceN/A
Salt Bath Design9, 10, 11, 12Solubility of Ionic Compounds​​Asking Questions and Defining Problems; Analyzing and Interpreting Data; Engaging in Argument from EvidencePatterns
Save the Egg6, 7, 8, 9Air Resistance / Friction / Drag​Developing and Using Models; Analyzing and Interpreting Data; Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions; Engaging in Argument from EvidencePatterns; Cause and Effect
Seed Dispersal2Seed Structures Support DispersalAnalyzing and Interpreting Data; Constructing Explanations and Designing SolutionsCause and Effect; Structure and Function
Sibling Traits9 Inheritance of TraitsDeveloping and Using Models; constructing Explantaions and Designing SolutionsCause and Effect
Slingshot Coaster9, 10, 11, 12Movement of Roller CoastersDeveloping and Using Models; Constructing Explanations and Designing SolutionsEnergy and Matter
Sunflower Salutations3Heliotropism​Analyzing and Interpreting Data; Engaging in Argument from EvidencePatterns
Systems Thinking3Bees in EcosystemsDeveloping and Using Models; Constructing Explanations and Designing SolutionsSystems & System Models
Tennis Ball Bounce6, 7, 8Height of Ball Bounce Differs with ConditionsAnalyzing and Interpreting Data; Developing and Using ModelsEnergy and Matter; Systems and System Models



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