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Crosscutting Concepts Resources


Seven crosscutting concepts bridge disciplinary boundaries and have explanatory value to help students organize their thinking and connect knowledge into a coherent and scientifically-based view of the world.

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Using the Crosscutting Concepts to Scaffold Student Thinking

At the recent NSTA National Conference in Los Angeles, three-dimensional learning was, of course, a major topic of discussion. When those discussions ...

Blog Post

The NSTA Quick-Reference Guide to the NGSS, K-12

Since the release of the first draft of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), NSTA has been at the forefront in promoting the standards and he...

NSTA Press Book

A Framework for K-12 Science Education – Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas

Science, engineering, and technology permeate nearly every facet of modern life and hold the key to meeting many of humanity's most pressing challenge...

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NSTA Press Book

The NSTA Atlas of the Three Dimensions

New in 2020! Download and read a sample chapter from this book to learn more. A key aspect of learning in K–12 education is the idea that what stu...


Interactive E-book Kids

Peeking Inside Plants

In the Peeking Inside Plants eBook, learners explore plant structures (stems, leaves, flowers, roots, and fruit) in order to build an argument about h...


Journal Article

Tinker Kit: Educator's Guide - Boston Children's Museum

Journal Article

Patterns, Puzzles, and the Periodic Table

Journal Article

It’s Alive?!?

Interactive E-book Kids

Are They the Same?

This e-book is based on the natural phenomenon that any group of plants or animals will demonstrate individual variation that allows scientists to dis...


Interactive E-book Kids

Help Me Grow

Help Me Grow is an interactive book where readers enter a forest to see how four different animals raise their young. Interactivities and questions gu...


Interactive E-book Kids

Exploring Matter in Space

It is the year 2095, and Great Uncle Dar has just taken up the post of chief engineer on the solar system’s first inflatable space apartment buildin...


Interactive E-book Kids

Did You Get My Message?

There are many methods for communicating. Some methods are easy to understand, while other methods require learning or decoding. As students explore...


Interactive E-book Kids

Beavers Building Ecosystems

Studies have shown that wetlands created by beaver dams are more biodiverse than human-made wetlands. Beavers’ first impact on the environment begi...


Interactive E-book Kids

Properties Matter

Bobby and Carmen are at summer engineering camp. They have been challenged to design and build a useful project for their fellow campers. Time is shor...


Interactive E-book Kids

Kristel Pushes and Pulls

In Kristel Pushes and Pulls, a bed mysteriously ends up hanging in a tree in Kristel’s front yard. Kristel is determined to figure out how it got th...

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