Second Grade Crosscutting Concepts
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Patterns in the natural and human designed world can be observed and used as evidence.
Stability & Change
Things may change slowly or rapidly. Some things stay the same while other things change.
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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Water and Land
Mapping Penny's World
How Do Wind and Water Change Earth?
The Big Rock
One Million Oysters on Top of The Mountain
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.
- #23 Mountain Age, USI p. 181 (gr 3-8)
- #19 Is it Erosion? (USI ESS) p. 99 (gr 3-5)
- #20 What Makes up a Mountain, USI, p. 94
- #4 Where is Most of the Freshwater? (USI ESS) p. 29 (gr 3-5)