NGSS Crosscutting Concepts: Structure and Function
The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are due to be released this spring.
The standards are being written by a group of 41 writers from across the country
in a process managed by Achieve and overseen by a consortium of 26 states. NSTA
is a partner in the NGSS development process and has been providing guidance and
input to the writers and lead states. For more information about NGSS, click here.
NGSS is based on A Framework for K–12 Science Education developed
by the National Research Council in 2011. The Framework combines three important
dimensions: core disciplinary ideas, scientific and engineering practices, and crosscutting
concepts. This web seminar is one in a series of seven that explore the crosscutting
concepts to provide K-12 teachers with strategies for implementing NGSS in the classroom.
The seven Crosscutting Concepts include:
- Cause and Effect—Mechanism and Explanation
- Scale, Proportion, and Quantity
- Systems and System Models
- Energy and Matter—Flows, Cycles, and Conservation
- Structure and Function
- Stability and Change
Participants might also be interested in a series of web seminars held previously
on the Scientific and Engineering Practices. The archived programs are available
This web seminar focuses on the crosscutting concept of Structure and Function.
The way in which an object or living thing is shaped and its substructure determine
many of its properties and functions.
Participants in the web seminar will explore
- the key elements of understanding the role that structure and function play in science,
- how student understanding of structure and function might develop over the course
of K-12 education,
- how learning about structure and function can take place during the learning of
disciplinary core ideas by engaging in scientific and engineering practices, and
- what studying structure and function really looks like in the classroom
Title: NGSS Crosscutting Concepts: Structure and Function
Target grades: K-12
Date: Thursday, June 6, 2013
Time: 6:30-8:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Note: New users should log
in at 6:15 p.m. Eastern time for an introduction to NSTA web seminars.
Presenters: Cindy Hmelo-Silver and Rebecca Jordan
to participate in this web seminar. Upon registering you will receive an e-mail
confirmation including information about the program and suggested links to visit
in preparation of the event. Additional information about the web seminar will be
e-mailed to you days before the program.
Each web seminar is a unique, stand-alone, program. Archives of the Web Seminars
and the presenters’ PowerPoint presentations will be available through the
links on this web page. Learn more about the
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