Academic journal article Science Scope

Core Idea Experiences That Pair "Cause and Effect: Mechanisms and Explanations" with "Constructing Explanations/designing Solutions"

Academic journal article Science Scope

Core Idea Experiences That Pair "Cause and Effect: Mechanisms and Explanations" with "Constructing Explanations/designing Solutions"

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October 2014, submissions due May 1, 2014

All of the Science and Engineering Practices (SEP) and Crosscutting Concepts (CC) are featured throughout the NGSS, but due to their fundamental role in science and engineering, some are seen more frequently in performance expectations than others. For example, the CC coded with the most middle level performance expectations (14) is cause and effect; the SEP, constructing explanations and designing solutions, is coded with 12 middle level performance expectations.

Cause and Effect: Mechanisms and Explanations is paired with Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions in four middle level Performance Expectations (PEs)-MS-LS1-5, MS-LS4-4, and MS-ESS2-5, MS-ESS3-1-further illustrating the importance and interwoven nature of these specific practices and cross-cutting concepts. However, as noted in the Framework and the NGSS, these practices and crosscutting concepts are not the only ones that should be used with these PEs, nor are these specific PEs the only places where these SEPs and CCs should be used.

We invite you to share your activities and resources for blending the crosscutting concept of Cause and Effect: Mechanisms and Explanations with the science and engineering practice of Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions. …

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