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Next Generation Science Standards
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts: Structure and Function
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This web seminar took place on June 6, 2013, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. eastern daylight time. The presenters were Cindy Hmelo-Silver and Rebecca Jordan from Rutgers University. This was the sixth 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. Hmelo-Silver and Dr. Jordan began the presentation by discussing the role of the crosscutting concept of structure and function within NGSS. They then asked participants to think about the example of a sponge and discuss in the chat how a sponge’s structure relates to its function. The presenters introduced the Structure-Behavior-Function (SBF) theory and talked about the importance of examining the relationships between mechanisms and structures. They also discussed the use of models to explore these concepts. Participants drew their own models for one example and shared their thoughts about using this strategy in the classroom.


Seminar participants received a certificate of attendance was deposited into participants' My PD Record and Certificate 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 way the chat was set up was exceptionally enlightening for me. I liked the interaction a lot."
  • "I liked the use of student examples/drawings in the presentation."
  • "Excellent to help understand new standards"

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


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