NGSS Crosscutting Concepts Conversation Cards

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K - 12th, Homeschool
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  1. The crosscutting concepts found in the Next Generation Science Standards are unifying concepts in STEM that allow your students to think and speak like scientists and engineers. This bundle includes a graphic organizer for each of the crosscutting concepts that can be used with almost any content. T
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Are you looking for ways to help your students think, speak, and write like scientists? Each of the 40 unique cards has a sentence stem to help students write and speak about big ideas in STEM. These are based on the crosscutting concepts found in the Next Generation Science Standards and allow students to think about the big picture and make connections in their learning. These sentence starters may be used in a variety of contexts, such as when students are making observations in the natural world or in lab settings, while viewing data, analyzing models, etc.

Big idea: Crosscutting concepts are scientific thinking tools that provide a framework for students to make connections to big ideas in STEM.

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-Card set with 40 unique, numbered conversation cards

-Crosscutting Concepts Conversation Cards: Teacher Reference

-Instructional Write-Up


NGSS Crosscutting Concepts

Common Core CCRA.SL.1, CCRA.SL.4, CCRA.SL.6; CCRA.W.2

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and communicative tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.


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