Unobservable Scales and Mechanisms in NGSS

Developing and Using Models Energy and Matter Middle School Scale, Proportion and Quantity Uncategorized

I first ran across the terms “unobservable scales” and “unobservable mechanisms” early in my NGSS journey.  I had no idea what these were. A  google search didn’t provide any answers.  Read this post to find out what the terms unobservable scales and mechanisms mean in the NGSS. Where do these terms appear in the NGSS? …

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How to Introduce the Crosscutting Concepts

Crosscutting Concepts Middle School Uncategorized Upper Elementary

The Crosscutting Concepts are one of the three dimensions in the Next Generation Science Standards.  They are often the last dimension that teachers try to incorporate into their lesson plans.  Here is a quick overview of the Crosscutting Concepts and some ideas of how to introduce the Crosscutting Concepts into your lesson plans. What are …

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Five Common Mistakes Teachers Make When Introducing the Crosscutting Concepts

Crosscutting Concepts

The Crosscutting Concepts are one of the three dimensions of the Next Generation Science Standards. They help students make connections to the Disciplinary Core Ideas and make sense of the Science and Engineering Practices.  It’s important to avoid these five common mistakes when introducing the Crosscutting Concepts. 1. Introducing all of the Crosscutting Concepts at …

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