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Cross Cutting Concepts
The cross cutting concepts are something my science methods class has mentioned frequently in our first couple weeks together. The cross cutting concepts are great way to get students involved in their own learning. The cross cutting concepts are the major concepts that students will come across in their science education like patterns, cause and effect, scales, proportion, and quantity, system and system models, energy and matter, structure and function, and stability and change. All of these concepts are a way of connecting all the science domains together and allows the students to explore each of these concepts during their elementary years. These concepts are essential to cover with students because these concepts help students organize their own schema regarding science and helps them develop a coherent and scientifically based view of the world. In my future classroom, the cross cutting concepts are going to be at the forefront of my science education. These concepts are something we will touch often in my future classroom to help students understand the importance of the cross cutting concepts to science education.
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Cross cutting concepts are also, connections to engineering, technology, and applications of science. As you teach more lessons the cross cutting concepts will become second nature to you because you are aware of them. This also helps students to make connections to not only other content areas but also real life.
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It's also interesting to consider how these crosscutting concepts apply to other subject areas--literature, music, social studies, math, art, etc.
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