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Next Generation Science Standards
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts: Patterns
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This web seminar took place on February 19, 2013, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. eastern standard time. The presenter was Kristin Gunckel from the University of Arizona. This was the first seminar in a series of seven focused on the crosscutting concepts that are part of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

The PowerPoint, related resources from the NSTA Learning Center, and web links from the presentation are now contained in the above resource collection. Clicking on the collection link will place it in your Learning Center, My Library, neatly organized under the My Resource Collections tab.


Dr. Gunckel began the presentation by discussing how patterns fit in with experiences and explanations to make up scientific inquiry. Then she talked about the role of patterns in NGSS and showed how the crosscutting concept of patterns progresses across grade bands. After participants shared their ideas about using patterns in their own classrooms, Dr. Gunckel shared instructional examples from the elementary, middle school, and high school levels.


Seminar participants received an NSTA SciGuide. A certificate of attendance was deposited into participants' My PD Record and Certificates area in the NSTA Learning Center for completing the evaluation form at the end of the program.


Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:

  • “This webinar was awesome!!!! I especially loved the pyramids the EPE table. These two pieces will change our instruction in science. I plan to immediately bring these back to our entire staff and help implement in our K-8 classrooms.”
  • “Great explanations!! Thank you! I really feel like I have a handle on the concept of using patterns to teach science now.”
  • “This was one of the best so far. Very clear understanding of patterns and how to relate to NGSS/Framework. I can use information in this presentation without modifications.”

Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions, and a job well done!


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