Crosscutting Concepts in the NGSS

“Crosscutting concepts have value because they provide students with connections and intellectual tools that are related across the differing areas of disciplinary content and can enrich their application of practices and their understanding of core ideas.” — Framework p. 233

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General Resource for Crosscutting Concepts

1. Patterns

2. Cause and Effect

3. Scale, Proportion, and Quantity

4. Systems and System Models

5. Energy and Matter: Flows, Cycles, and Conservation

6. Structure and Function

7. Stability and Change of Systems