Crosscutting Concepts (CCCs)

These concepts help provide students with an organizational framework, a lens if you will, for connecting knowledge from the various disciplines into a coherent and scientifically based view of the world. Explicitly identifying and using the Crosscutting concepts during instruction helps students develop a deep framework for understanding and integrating essential science ideas.

Some important themes pervade science, mathematics, and technology and appear over and over again, whether we are looking at an ancient civilization, the human body, or a comet. They are ideas that transcend disciplinary boundaries and prove fruitful in explanation, in theory, in observation, and in design.

—American Association for the Advancement of Science