NGSS Crosscutting Concepts: Patterns
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
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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
Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions,
and a job well done!
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