A study of text regarding the social, economic and political changes that led to Arizona statehood
This activity involves using a computer simulation to increase students’ understanding of the long-term potential of exponential growth.
Students experience the “Balancing Tubes” activity from The Systems Thinking Playbook and relate the experience to body systems.
Participants (adults or students in 4th grade and up) participate in an activity in which groups represent families. Individuals in each family represent generations over time. All participants draw from a common non-renewable resource to survive.
Exploring the various influences of human consumption of natural resources over time
Using the book 100 Hungry Ants to look at teamwork, arrays and the Fixes That Fails archetype
Four behavior-over-time graphs with questions
Students use a computer simulation to explore the dynamics involved in having a loan to purchase a car.
After reading two different versions of “Goldilocks and the Three Bears,” students will create two ladders of inference to analyze the characters’ actions.
A physical simulation to introduce students to general characteristics shared by all dynamic systems
Causal loop diagrams are introduced as a way of representing feedback loops that affect the rate of a chemical reaction.
Students used two graphic organizers focused on change over time and interdependencies during and after reading their social studies text.
Student worksheet – circle surrounded by six graph templates
Using the book I Hate English and behavior-over-time graphs to develop cultural awareness
Available from the Creative Learning Exchange, Dollars and Sense I and Dollars and Sense II, contain series of lessons on financial literacy. Lessons include the use of free, online simulations, behavior-over-time graphs, causal loops, and stock/flow maps.
Students use systems thinking tools (particularly the iceberg) to analyze an article and textbook materials, focusing on events leading up to, during, and after the Civil War.
Creating stock/flow maps of the dynamics involved in completing difficult tasks