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NEW!! If you’re looking for a rich, quality activity to introduce students to the NGSS Crosscutting Concepts, then this is the perfect lab resource for you! . Real world examples are included at each station to make them explicit and meaningful. Some stations require short student experiments while others involve making observations and drawing conclusions. This LOW PREP resource (see materials list below, most is included) is crucial in exposing students to these “lenses” at the beginning of the year so that they may recognize them throughout their learning experiences and deepen understanding. If you’re new to the NGSS, this activity will even help YOU understand them better! Options for extension activities and trendy labels to print and display the CCCs on a bulletin board are also included! No prior knowledge of the CCCs or of the topics of the stations is required!
*As stated in the framework, students on their ability to define the crosscutting concepts in isolation. Rather, students should start to see connections from the crosscutting concepts to what they are learning about. This is the value of exposing students to the CCCs at the beginning of the school year. Recommended time is about 7-8 minutes per station and then time to review as a class. It generally takes two class periods.
1. Patterns in snowflakes
2. Cause and Effect in Newton’s 2nd Law (students flick index cards off cups)
3. Scale, Proportion, and Quantity using our Solar System
4. Systems and System Models of dropping a ball versus a sheet of paper
5. Energy and Matter in Photosynthesis
6. Structure and Function of screwdrivers, thumbs, and birds’ beaks
7. Stability and Change in the Florida Everglades (Burmese Python introduction)
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Materials Needed: Included Images, cup, index card, coin, marble, any small ball (tennis ball, bouncy ball, etc.), sheet of paper, tape
If you’re looking for a similar activity to introduce students to the Science and Engineering Practices, check out this one: Science and Engineering Practices Stations Activity. (If you plan to use both resources, it’s best that you offer some time in between because it may be overwhelming for students.)
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