The first step in preparing to use the Crosscutting Concepts (CCCs) is to become familiar with what they are and how they are defined. This activity is a basic introduction to the names of the seven CCCs and an opportunity to start learning what they mean and how content might be sorted among them. This interactive, two-part activity and discussion helps to lay the foundation for deeper thinking about these ideas later on.
Watch the video to get an overview of this professional development activity, and use the detailed lesson plan listed in "Support Materials" to lead this exercise for your team of educators. You'll find more PD ideas in the NGSS Demystified collection.