NGSS Crosscutting Concepts: Scale, Proportion, and Quantity
This web seminar took place on March 19, 2013, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. eastern
daylight time. The presenters were Amy Taylor and Kelly Riedinger from the University
of North Carolina Wilmington. This was the third web seminar in a series of seven
focused on the crosscutting concepts that are part of the Next Generation Science
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
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Dr. Taylor began the presentation by discussing the definition of scale. Next, Dr.
Riedinger talked about the role of scale, proportion, and quantity in NGSS. Participants
shared their own experiences teaching about scale in the classroom before the presenters
described additional instructional strategies that can provide students with a real-world
understanding of this crosscutting concept. Dr. Taylor and Dr. Riedinger showed
examples of activities from elementary, middle, and high school. They shared video
clips and other resources that can help educators build their capacity for teaching
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:
- “The presenters provided so many relevant classroom examples. I am really looking
forward to checking out the online resources and implementing more specific instruction
into scale in my classes.”
- “The content was excellent and is going to prove useful as we move into using
Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions,
and a job well done!
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