First Grade Crosscutting Concepts
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Patterns in the natural and human designed world can be observed and used as evidence.
Cause and Effect
Events have causes that generate observable patterns.
Structure and Function
Systems in the natural and designed world have parts that work together.
Talking Science: Crosscutting Concepts to Support Comprehension
Crosscutting concepts have application across all domains of science. As such, they are a way of linking the different domains of science. They include patterns; cause and effect; scale, proportion, and quantity; systems and system models; energy and matter; structure and function; and stability and change. The Framework emphasizes that these concepts need to be made explicit for students because they provide an organizational schema for interrelating knowledge from various science fields into a coherent and scientifically based view of the world.
Suggested Read Aloud Texts
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Light Helps Me See
Sun and Moon
Oscar and the Moth
Talking Science: Formative Assessment Probes
Extend the discussion of these books using the suggested prompts from the Uncovering Student Ideas in Science Series from Page Keeley and NSTA.
- #4 Making Sound, p. 39 (USI Vol. 1, 2nd ed. p. 37)
- #24 What Lights up the Moon? (USI in Primary Grades, p. 109)
- #17 Shadow Size (USI in Primary Grades, p. 80)