Modeling Dynamic Systems Section 10 

Author(s):
Diana Fisher 
Subject:
System Dynamics 

There are several characteristics of complex systems that can be discussed with students during these lessons. The fictitious city seems to face a dilemma; the tanning industry provides needed jobs in the present, but water pollution can cause serious det 

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Model Mysteries: An Exploration of Vampires, Zombies, and Other Fantastic Scenarios to Make the World a Better Place 

Author(s):
Anne LaVigne, & Lees Stuntz 
Subject:
CrossCurricular 

This book contains six main chapters, each with a new mystery to solve. Each chapter has a number of similar stories to try, depending on your interest. The modeling activities are intended for students from ages 10 to 110. In other words, if you’re interested in thinking about how to solve mysteries and like the idea of creating computer models and applying them to realworld problems, this book is for you. You can use it independently as a student, work with a group of students, or if you’re a teacher, share it with interested students to complete a guided or independent study project.
In addition to the main chapters, Chapter 7 provides an extension to build additional capacity in modeling, and Chapter 8 includes next steps, additional resources, and information about modeling software. You can also reference the appendices for details about completing the chapter mysteries.



Making Friends for Primary Students (Grades K3) 

Author(s):
Anne LaVigne, & Lindsey Buckler 
Subject:
CrossCurricular 

This lesson is very similar to the “Making Friends” lesson in The Shape of Change. The main difference is the wording of the questions, the handouts, and the activity rules, which are aimed at younger students. In addition, a simple online simulation is available as an extension. Students explore what happens to the number of friends over time, given different scenarios for gaining new friends. Students can also explore what might happen if they lose friends. 

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Living Lands — Forest and Town Simulation 

Author(s):
Anne LaVigne, & Jen Andersen 
Subject:
CrossCurricular 

This lesson with multiuser simulation explores the management of a national forest and its surrounding towns. Student teams log in and make decisions for a local town or for the surrounding forest that has a large level of accumulated fuel. The decisions of individual teams impact all other teams. Damage from potentially catastrophic fires looms, and students must try to manage the situation to protect the area, both now and into the future. 


Linear Systems Using STELLA 

Author(s):
Diana M. Fisher 
Subject:
Math 

From CCSTADUS. Semicomplex STELLA tutorial. Involves train robbery, Star Trek, and camping. 

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Linear Models in STELLA 

Author(s):
Diana M. Fisher, & Rogers 
Subject:
Math 

From CCSTADUS. Introductory tutorial exercises using STELLA II for high school math. Involves distance, car depreciation and jumping out of an airplane. 

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Let It Roll! An Interdisciplinary Middle School Math/Science Unit Using a STELLA Model of the Physics of Motion 

Author(s):
Rob Quaden, J. Trierweiler, & D. Lyneis 
Subject:
CrossCurricular 

In this unit eighth graders first conduct a physics of motion laboratory experiment and then try to understand the behavior using model building, math reasoning and scientific reasoning. 

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Lessons in Mathematics: A Dynamic Approach 

Author(s):
Diana M. Fisher 
Subject:
Math 

The abstractness of a traditional approach to mathematics causes many students to falter. This book focuses on making the abstractness more concrete with interesting and fun lessons. It uses STELLA software's iconbased, nonabstract language to structure 

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Lessons in Mathematics Section 9: Appendix 

Author(s):
Diana M. Fisher 
Subject:
Math 

This book provides a set of tools that enables educators to teach mathematics using the framework of System Dynamics. Section 9 is a useful reference for all lessons in the book. Included are generic modeling structures, a summary of motion, distancevelo 

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Lessons in Mathematics Section 8: Miscellaneous Topics 

Author(s):
Diana M. Fisher 
Subject:
Math 

This book provides a set of tools that enables educators to teach mathematics using the framework of System Dynamics. Section 8 presents a natural extension of linear and exponential growth study  arithmetic and geometric sequences. Application to an age 

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