NGSS Engineering Design Process Activity CCC SEP Card Sort & Worksheets


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Are you teaching NGSS and you need to incorporate Crosscutting Concepts (CCC) and the Science and Engineering Practices (SEP)? Try this STEM Engineering Challenge that is hands on with a card sort and worksheets! It’s collaborative, fosters class discussions, easy prep, easy to grade and your STUDENTS WILL LOVE IT! It’s also adaptable to notebooking with Google Ready and hard copy versions!

What students do:

-Learn about the differences between science and engineering.

-Students brainstorm, collaborate, design, sketch and build a large-scale model of a seed that should be able to fly 3-5 meters when placed in front of a fan.

-Collect data they will analyze data.

-Answer questions

-Apply the Crosscutting Concepts and Science and Engineering Practices to the engineering challenge.

-Do a card sort for the Crosscutting Concepts and Science and Engineering Practices.

-Fill in worksheets when they correctly match the cards.

You get the following:

-30 slide Google Slideshow for lesson pacing, classroom management and student instructions.

-2 separate student virtual and hard Copies

-Crosscutting Concepts Card Sort

-Science and Engineering Practices Card Sort

-Crosscutting Concepts Worksheet

-Science and Engineering Practices Worksheet


Crosscutting Concepts (CCC’s) connect all branches of science. These concepts are used by scientists to better understand the natural world and used to help them make new discoveries. It’s important for science students to also use these tools to better understand how various science topics are linked. Understanding the CCC’s will help them observe the connections to big ideas in science. This is also a great tool to refer back to throughout the school year to help connect your activities to the Crosscutting Concepts.

1. Patterns

2. Cause and Effect

3. Scale, Proportion and Quantity

4. Systems and System Models

5. Energy and Matter

6. Structure and Function

7. Stability and Change

Science and Engineering Practices (SEP’s) The practices describe behaviors that scientists engage in as they investigate and build models and theories about the natural world and the key set of engineering practices that engineers use as they design and build models and systems. The NRC uses the term practices instead of a term like “skills” to emphasize that engaging in scientific investigation requires not only skill but also knowledge that is specific to each practice. Part of the NRC’s intent is to better explain and extend what is meant by “inquiry” in science and the range of cognitive, social, and physical practices that it requires. Although engineering design is similar to scientific inquiry, there are significant differences. For example, scientific inquiry involves the formulation of a question that can be answered through investigation, while engineering design involves the formulation of a problem that can be solved through design. Strengthening the engineering aspects of the Next Generation Science Standards will clarify for students the relevance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (the four STEM fields) to everyday life. (

NGSS Science & Engineering Practices

  1. Asking Questions and Defining Problems
  2. Developing and Using Models
  3. Planning and Carrying Out Investigations
  4. Analyzing and Interpreting Data
  5. Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking
  6. Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions
  7. Engaging in Argument from Evidence
  8. Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information


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