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The Systems Thinking Playbook Exercise 9: Community Maze
Author(s): linda Booth Sweeney, & Dennis Meadows Subject: Cross-Curricular
  Teams must navigate through an invisible maze without talking. Through the experience, they can consider how system structure and mental models affect results.

Complex Systems Connection: Short and Long Term Conflicts. Conflicts can arise between the short term (seeing the individual events) and long term (seeing the patterns) while solving the maze. Available from Chelsea Green Publishers
  More about the book at: http://www.chelseagreen.com/bookstore/item/the_systems_thinking_playbook:hardcover%20with%20dvd
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
Thinking about Drinking: What are the Effects of Drinking Alcohol
Author(s): Jeff Potash Subject: Cross-Curricular
  The purpose of this simulation is to increase awareness of potential effects of alcohol on the body over a 12-hour period. The simulation provides students and adults an opportunity to see what happens over time after the consumption of alcohol.
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Link to the simulation: http://www.clexchange.org/curriculum/simulations/alcohol_simulation.asp
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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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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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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Using Computer Models To Apply Concepts In Math (D-4326-1)
Author(s): Tad T. Sudnick Subject: Math
  This paper advocates applying math knowledge in a high school science classroom on the premise that science and math should be taught together and that computer modeling is an extremely effective means of doing so.
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Using Systems Thinking to Develop Literacy Skills
Author(s): Brian Bindschadler Subject: Conference
  In this session, participants will explore various ways to use systems tools to increase deep thinking and literacy in the classroom. We will focus on developing the Habits of a Systems Thinker using the Iceberg Visual, Behavior-Over-Time Graphs, and Stock-Flow diagrams. These tools can be used in any level classroom—from preschool through high school—and beyond. Each tool will be “unpacked” with explanations and examples, and participants will have opportunities to develop their own applications for these powerful literacy tools.
 
Using Systems Tools In Music Class
Author(s): Andrew Frankhouse, & with Alan Ticotsky Subject: Cross-Curricular
  At Innovation Academy Charter School (IACS) in Tyngsborough, MA, music teacher Andrew Frankhouse uses systems tools in creative and perhaps unexpected ways. Behavior-over-time graphs (BOTGs) help students analyze and appreciate different pieces of music, and visualize graphically how aspects of compositions develop. Andrew also uses feedback loops to help students understand the business of music.
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Visual Tools for Student Projects: Communicating Critical Thinking
Author(s): Creative Learning Exchange Subject: Cross-Curricular
  This booklet is designed to help teachers and students create and complete all kinds of projects (in science and other curricula) which clearly show and explain the critical thinking incorporated within the project.
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