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Next Generation Science Standards
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts: Energy and Matter—Flows, Cycles, and Conservation
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This web seminar took place on April 30, 2013, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. eastern daylight time. The presenters were Charles W. (Andy) Anderson and Joyce Parker from Michigan State University. This was the fourth web 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. Anderson and Dr. Parker began the web seminar by discussing the role of energy and matter as a crosscutting concept. They talked about energy and matter at different scales, from the atomic to the macroscopic. The presenters shared information about how students learn about this crosscutting concept and how to address preconceptions. They then described instructional strategies such as modeling that can help students better understand the flow of energy and matter.


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 clarified the connection between matter and energy systems. It has given me a way to share it with other educators, to make teaching and learning matter and energy more accurate.”
  • “Very helpful to hear clearly why and how we need to separate matter and energy. The phrase "don't cross your matter stories with your energy stories" will definitely stick with me.”

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


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