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When a Butterfly Sneezes Story 4: Once a Mouse: A Fable Cut in Wood
Author(s): Linda Booth Sweeney Subject: Cross-Curricular
  A hermit protects a mouse by turning him into bigger and bigger animals until finally he's a tiger. He becomes "too big for his britches," threatening others including the hermit. Finally, the hermit turns him back into a mouse.

Complex Systems Connection: Ineffective Action, Short and Long Term Conflicts. The hermit's solution creates a worsening problem over time.
 
When a Butterfly Sneezes Story 3: The Cat in the Hat Comes Back
Author(s): Linda Booth Sweeney Subject: Cross-Curricular
  A cat causes trouble for two children by making a giant mess when their mother is away.

Complex Systems Connection: Ineffective Action, Short and Long Term Conflicts. The cat's methods for fixing the problem (spots) leads to an even bigger problem.
 
When a Butterfly Sneezes Story 2: The Old Lady Who Liked Cats
Author(s): Linda Booth Sweeney Subject: Cross-Curricular
  When a mayor decides to eliminate all the cats on an island, it creates a cascading set of negative effects.

Complex Systems Connection: Ineffective Action, Short and Long Term Conflicts. By removing the cats, the system is completely pushed out of balance, creating havoc on the system as a whole. Only by bringing back the cats do the issues resolve.
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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 29: Space for Living
Author(s): Linda Booth Sweeney, & Dennis Meadows Subject: Cross-Curricular
  Given a set of rope circles, participants must find a way to have every person have both feet inside a circle. After each round, circles are removed until everyone must find space inside the last circle.

Complex Systems Connection: Ineffective Action. Participants must find a way to share a limited (and shrinking) resource. As they attempt to solve the problem, they must shift a mental model in order to successfully meet the goal. Available from Chelsea Green Publishers.
  More about the book at: http://www.chelseagreen.com/bookstore/item/the_systems_thinking_playbook:hardcover%20with%20dvd
Shape of Change (Lesson 9): The Connection Game, including Stocks and Flows
Author(s): Rob Quaden, Alan Ticotsky, & Debra Lyneis Subject: Cross-Curricular
  From "The Shape of Change." Students play a game in which their movements around the room depend on the movements of other players.

Complex Systems Connection: Ineffective Action, Incorrect High-Leverage Policies. This lesson can be used to gain an intuitive understanding of what it means to say a policy has "low leverage." This lesson can be used to gain an intuitive understanding of what it means to say a policy has "high leverage."
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Modern Electronics: Teaching Economics to High School Students with a System Dynamics Simulator
Author(s): Gary B. Hirsch Subject: Social Studies
  Teaching economics with a simulator can actively engage students and help them learn more effectively. This paper describes a simulator that teaches students economics in terms of a familiar economic institution, the retail store. The simulator casts the
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Modeling Dynamic Systems Section 8
Author(s): Diana Fisher Subject: System Dynamics
  Policy analysis gives students an opportunity to learn first-hand that complex systems are rich in feedback. They will experience the frustration of implementing well-meaning interventions, only to have them defeated by the feedback mechanisms of the syst
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Link to the simulation: http://www.iseesystems.com
Modeling Dynamic Systems Section 6
Author(s): Diana Fisher Subject: System Dynamics
  In the classroom example provided in this section, the author lists many "potential systems problems" that are related to the issue of overpopulation. As an extension exercise, students can be asked to identify ways in which people have attempted to solve
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Link to the simulation: http://www.iseesystems.com
Influenza
Author(s): Ryan Ivie Subject: Student Work
  A 1999 SyMBowl finalist paper. This paper discusses a model developed to provide a realistic look at how influenza affects a population.

Complex Systems Connection: Ineffective Action.
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