Overview and Resources for Dimension Two: Crosscutting Concepts  

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

A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Core Ideas, and Crosscutting Concepts (Framework)

 

Guiding Principles of Crosscutting Concepts

  • Crosscutting concepts can help students better understand core ideas in science and engineering.

  • Crosscutting concepts can help students better understand science and engineering practices.

  • Repetition in different contexts will be necessary to build familiarity.

  • Crosscutting concepts should grow in complexity and sophistication across the grades.

  • Crosscutting concepts can provide a common vocabulary for science and engineering.

  • Crosscutting concepts should not be assessed separately from practices or core ideas.

  • Performance expectations focus on some but not all capabilities associated with a crosscutting concept.

  • Crosscutting concepts are for all students.

 

Cross Cutting Concepts

  1. Patterns  (Video from Bozeman Science )
  2. Cause and Effect  (Video from Bozeman Science)
  3. Scale, Proportion, and Quantity (Video from Bozeman Science)
  4. Systems and Systems Models (Video   from Bozeman Science)
  5. Energy and Matter  (Video from Bozeman Science)
  6. Structure and Function (Video from Bozeman Science)
  7. Stability and Change  (Video from Bozeman Science)    

 

Matrix for Crosscutting Concepts

Video and Online Resources for Dimension Two:

Crosscutting Concepts 

A good overview is found in the National Academy Press Open Book. The entire book can be downloaded from the website.

 

Teaching Channel Video on Crosscutting Concepts