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An Introduction to Linear Models: Using STELLA to Solve Word Problems
Author(s): Rob Quaden, Alan Ticotsky, & Deb Lyneis Subject: Math
  Prepared with the support of the Gordon Stanley Brown Fund. In this introductory system dynamics modeling lesson, students learn to build simple linear models using STELLA software. The lesson can be integrated into an eighth grade Algebra I curriculum. It can also be used with students as young as fifth grade. As students develop their computer modeling skills, they also deepen their understanding of math by solving typical word problems in a different way.
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Economics and System Dynamics for Young Students
Author(s): Debra Lyneis, Rob Quaden, & Alan Ticotsky Subject: Social Studies
  Today's students need an understanding of economics and system dynamics to participate effectively and fully in our complex global economy, but very few schools teach either discipline. Carlisle, Massachussetts teachers have developed several basic economics lessons using system dynamics for students in fourth to eighth grade. This paper describes those lessons and how student response to system dynamics instruction has spurred the need to expand the system dynamics/economics curriculum.
From Hunter-Gatherers to Farmers: Students Study How Civilization Changed during the Neolithic Age
Author(s): Jason O'Neil-Willoughby, Martha McClure, & with Alan Ticotsky Subject: Social Studies
  Human civilization underwent significant changes between the periods archaeologists characterize as the Paleolithic Age and the Neolithic Age. Why and how did people become less nomadic? What factors led to technological growth and the development of more complex societies? How did early civilizations solve problems as their populations grew? Students in Grades 7 and 8 at Innovation Academy Charter School (IACS) in Tyngsborough, Massachusetts, study this interesting period of human transition.

Complex Systems Connection: Separate Cause and Effect.
Graphing the Friendship Game: A Preliminary System Dynamics Lesson
Author(s): Alan Ticotsky, & Debra Lyneis Subject: Personal Growth and Development
  A variation on the original Friendship Game (SS1996-11FriendshipGame) becomes the foundation for an introductory graphing lesson for students in grades K, 1 and 2, adding graphing to the systems tools used and systems concepts learned in the game.
The In and Out Game: A Preliminary System Dynamics Modeling Lesson
Author(s): Alan Ticotsky, Rob Quaden, & D. Lyneis Subject: Implementation
  Prepared with the support of the Gordon Stanley Brown Fund. The In and Out Game is a preliminary system dynamics modeling lesson for kindergarten and primary grade students which is also adapted for use with upper elementary and middle school students. Young students learn about stocks and flows by physically moving into and out of the group of players in the game.
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Three Things to Remember About Behavior-over-Time Graphs
Author(s): Alan Ticotsky Subject: Cross-Curricular
  BOTGs are designed to represent our thinking. All BOTG graphs allow our 'mental models' to take a visual form so we can share them, or analyze them ourselves. Alan Ticotsky presents three insights which will help utilize BOTGs effectively.
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