Are you looking for a way for your students to fully understand the NGSS crosscutting concepts and be able to recognize them as you explore scientific concepts throughout the year? This project helps students be proficient in understanding the 7 crosscutting concepts.
It can be hard to students to find information on these concepts that relates to science. Two resources I give students are:
Bozeman Science by Paul Andersen videos on youtube (There is a video for each concept but they can be challenging. I encourage students to watch the video a couple of times to see what they can get out of it.)
Individual students or student groups of 2 or 3 work to research, make a poster, and give an oral presentation on one of the 7 NGSS crosscutting concepts (patterns, cause & effect, scale, systems, energy & matter, structure & function, or stability & change.)
A graphic organizer is included for the research portion of the project. The project rubric is in included on the student research page. Two rubrics are included for you to choose from. One is points based and the other assesses proficiency. Print student page 1 and then either student page 2A or 2B depending on the rubric you choose. Rubrics are included for the research, poster, and oral presentation parts of the project. The rubrics are concise and clear for student understanding and simplicity of grading.
Examples of actual student poster projects are included. More information about the project is on my blog here: http://polkadotsandprotons.blogspot.com/search/label/Crosscutting%20Concepts
This project is a great way to start off the year after the initial get to know you games and lab safety information has been addressed. The posters can be displayed and referred to throughout the year.