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What It's Like to Be a Pioneer: One Student's Positive Feedback
Author(s): Debra Lyneis Subject: Implementation
  Prepared with the support of the Gordon Stanley Brown Fund. Jay Forrester has suggested that we could speed the spread of learner-centered learning and system dynamics in K-12 education by sharing tales of "what it’s like to be a pioneer." It might help o
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When a Butterfly Sneezes Story 10: Tree of Life, The World of the African Baobab
Author(s): Linda Booth Sweeney Subject: Cross-Curricular
  Describes the life cycle of the Baobab tree and the animals and plants that depend on it. Includes connections to concepts such as feedback relationships and delays.
 
When a Butterfly Sneezes Story 11: The Lorax
Author(s): Linda Booth Sweeney Subject: Cross-Curricular
  The desire to have more and more drives the Once-ler to chop down more and more trees to create a product he sells. Eventually, the trees are gone.

Complex Systems Connection: Short and Long Term Conflicts. The short-term action of cutting down trees (taking a resource faster than it can regenerate) eventually leads (after a delay) to the disappearance of the forest.
 
When a Butterfly Sneezes Story 12: Who Speaks for Wolf, A Native American Learning Story
Author(s): Linda Booth Sweeney Subject: Cross-Curricular
  Based on a Native American story, a tribe lives among wolves in an interconnected holistic system.
 
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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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 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 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.
 
When a Butterfly Sneezes Story 7: Zoom
Author(s): Linda Booth Sweeney Subject: Cross-Curricular
  As each page is turned, the viewer sees an ever-expanding boundary, thus changing the perspective of what was actually displayed on the previous page.
 
When a Butterfly Sneezes Story 8: A River Ran Wild
Author(s): Linda Booth Sweeney Subject: Cross-Curricular
  Based on a true story of the Nashua River, the book describes the river over a 7000-year period.

Complex Systems Connection: Short and Long Term Conflicts. The limits to growth archetype tells the story of how overuse of the river to meet short-term needs lead to its near death over the long-term.
 
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