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When a Butterfly Sneezes Story 9: Butter Battle Book
Author(s): Linda Booth Sweeney Subject: Cross-Curricular
  The Yooks and Zooks build weapons with greater and greater destructive capacity.

Complex Systems Connection: Cause within System. Mental models and established relationships within the system create an escalation over time which can be compared to other conflicts, e.g. Cold War.
 
When a Butterfly Sneezes Story 6: Annos Magic Seeds
Author(s): Linda Booth Sweeney Subject: Cross-Curricular
  As Anno plants seeds each year, the number of seeds produced doubles, giving him ever increasing yields.

Complex Systems Connection: Cause within System. The nature of the system produces the results, in this case, exponential growth, which is a building block to more complex systems.
 
Understanding the Tragedy of the Sahel (D-4302)
Author(s): Corey L. Lofdahl Subject: Cross-Curricular
  A system dynamics analysis of the Sahel famine, through the tragedy of the commons and a number of models. Requires a Macintosh computer and STELLA software.

Complex Systems Connection: Cause within System. In systems where renewable resources are used up, people often blame others. Decisions to use the resource faster than it can be replenished is the real cause, however.
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Understanding Oscillations in Simple Systems
Author(s): Nathaniel J Mass, & Peter M Senge Subject: System Dynamics
  This paper presents some arguments to succcesfully develop insight into simple oscillating systems. The paper analyzes a one-level model for the population growth of rabbits in a closed field to illustrate why a first-order negative-feedback system exhibi
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Tooling Game
Author(s): John Sterman, & Will Glass Husain Subject: Cross-Curricular
  From Catalina Foothills School District. STELLA II v. 3.0 model of John Sterman's "Tooling Game of Deadline Pressure." This model helps students analyze study habits; "tooling" is an MIT word for studying.

Complex Systems Connection: Cause within System, Short and Long Term Conflicts. Many people are familiar with the story of the grasshopper and the ant. This simulation allows students to experience the long-term pain of not keeping up with homework assignments! Students may think that teachers are out to "get them" with ever-increasing piles of assignments, but this simulation shows that their own study habits can be to blame for the end-of-the-semester crunch they run into.
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The Tree Game for Primary Students (Grades K-3)
Author(s): Anne LaVigne, & Lindsey Weaver Subject: Cross-Curricular
  Students explore what happens to the number of trees in a forest over time as a forester plants and a lumberjack harvests a certain number of trees each year. While playing the game, the class tracks the number of trees over time. Students can see trends and discuss what’s happening to the forest and why, connecting it to real-world needs and desires for lumber and paper products. They can then run and discuss a second scenario that shows how that trend can be reversed.

Complex Systems Connection: Cause within System, Short and Long Term Conflicts. People sometimes decide to use natural resources to meet present goals (satisfy customers, increase profits) and ignore long-term consequences. In systems where renewable resources are used up, people often blame others. Decisions to use the resource faster than it can be replenished is the real cause, however.
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Link to the simulation: http://www.clexchange.org/curriculum/shapeofchange/soc_6_treegame.asp
The Systems Thinking Playbook Exercise 6: Warped Juggle
Author(s): Linda Booth Sweeney, & Dennis Meadows Subject: Cross-Curricular
  Participants in this group activity attempt to improve performance as they toss an object among individuals in a particular order.

Complex Systems Connection: Cause within System, Incorrect High-Leverage Policies. Participants attempt to improve performance by changing the structure of the system, but the action is only effective up to a point. Participants must change a mental model about the rules in order to create significant change in the system. Available from Chelsea Green Publishers.
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More about the book at: http://www.chelseagreen.com/bookstore/item/the_systems_thinking_playbook:hardcover%20with%20dvd
The Systems Thinking Playbook Exercise 4: Thumb Wrestling
Author(s): Linda Booth Sweeney, & Dennis Meadows Subject: Cross-Curricular
  Participants play a game with commonly known rules and goals. Available from Chelsea Green Publishers.

Complex Systems Connection: Cause within System, Ineffective Action. Participant's mental models about the the system structure (the game) get in the way of significantly improving performance. As efforts increase, performance actually goes down.
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More about the book at: http://www.chelseagreen.com/bookstore/item/the_systems_thinking_playbook:hardcover%20with%20dvd
The Systems Thinking Playbook Exercise 30: Group Juggle
Author(s): Linda Booth Sweeney, & Dennis Meadows Subject: Cross-Curricular
  Participants in this group activity attempt to improve performance on a particular task.

Complex Systems Connection: Cause within System, Incorrect High-Leverage Policies. Participants attempt to improve performance by changing the structure of the system, but the action is only effective up to a point. Participants must change a mental model about the rules in order to create significant change in the system. Available from Chelsea Green Publishers.
  More about the book at: http://www.chelseagreen.com/bookstore/item/the_systems_thinking_playbook:hardcover%20with%20dvd
The Systems Thinking Playbook Exercise 28: Avalanche
Author(s): Linda Booth Sweeney, & Dennis Meadows Subject: Cross-Curricular
  Given a pole, participants must lower the pole to the ground without losing contact with the pole or allowing washers to fall off the ends.

Complex Systems Connection: Cause within System, Incorrect High-Leverage Policies. As participants attempt to reach a shared goal, the tendency is to blame one another for failure rather than looking at the underlying structure of the system Available at Chelsea Green Publishers.
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More about the book at: http://www.chelseagreen.com/bookstore/item/the_systems_thinking_playbook:hardcover%20with%20dvd
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