Educators often have more questions about this dimension, wondering why it is on equal footing with the other two dimensions of scientific content and practices. This presentation introduces the Crosscutting Concepts (CCCs) and their rationale through a story about research done with expert and novice chess players. The results of the research points to fundamental differences in how these two groups organize information. Participants are then given a chance to share their first impressions of the CCCs before diving deeper into other activities.
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.