CrossCut Symbols Printables

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Students observing a fault model

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Cause and effect; patterns; scale; systems; energy and matter; structure and function; and stability and change -- these crosscuttng concepts are the frames through which scientists think about the natural world. K-12 students who understand crosscutting concepts can develop a deep framework for integrating and understanding science ideas. Teachers can access an informational page about each crosscutting concept as a simple, easy-to-remember illustration, such as a bat and ball to represent cause and effect, or a magnifying glass to represent scale. Teachers can use the symbols to help students visually recognize and identify the crosscutting concepts in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

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