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Create and Run Your Own Newspaper: A Journalism Unit with a Simulation Game Part 3: Examine the Model
Author(s): Daniel Barcan, Leah Zuckerman, Gary B. Hirsch, & Debra Lyneis Subject: Cross-Curricular
  Part 3 of a 3 part series. In this last part of a three-part journalism unit, students and teachers can take a closer look at the system dynamics model underlying the management flight simulator game from Part 2. There is a brief explanation of the model in simple terms, followed by a series of activities using the model as a laboratory.

Complex Systems Connection: Ineffective Action Through this 3-part journalism unit, students can take on the role of newspaper owner. Using a simulation model, they can experience first-hand the complexity of managing a business. In complex systems, the levers we choose to push or pull often turn out to be low leverage policies, having little or no effect, or even the opposite effect of what was planned. This experience will help students gain an appreciation of how complex systems thwart our management of them through their interconnecting network of feedback loops.
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Deeper Learning and the Common Core
Author(s): Sheri Marlin Subject: Cross-Curricular
  Subtitle: Teachers learning together for student success with Systems Thinking: A thoughtful approach to the Common Core. This booklet contains lesson plans in Early Reading, Middle School Math, and High School Non-fiction Texts.

Complex Systems Connection: Incorrect High-Leverage Policies/Short and Long Term Conflicts: Financial Planning Life Scenarios-Few things are as relevant to high school students as how they spend their money. The Robinsons and the Meltons are two families that earn the same income, live in the same neighborhood, are of the same age, and have two children each. Yet the Robinsons are six times wealthier than the Meltons. Students use systems thinking tools to analyze these real-life scenarios to determine key principles to personal wealth.
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Does a Model Facilitate Learning? Some preliminary experimental findings
Author(s): David Wheat, Robin Goldstein, & Larry Weathers Subject: Research
  The purpose of the experiment described in this paper is to compare the learning that takes place with different methods of delivering essentially the same information about Gross Domestic Product to student groups. The main delivery methods discussed are
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Dollars and Sense II Lesson 1
Author(s): Jeff Potash Subject: Cross-Curricular
  "Can Compound Interest Work for Me?" is the title of this first lesson from "Dollars and Sense II: Our Interest in Interest, Managing Savings and Debt." This lesson contains 3 hands-on and progressively challenging simulations designed to let students explore and experience the system of compounding interest.

Complex Systems Connection: Short and Long Term Conflicts. Managing money, in personal finances or in running a business, often involves setting both short-term and long-term goals. Sometimes goals are in conflict between these timeframes, such as spending now versus saving/investing for future financial well-being. The lessons in Dollars and Sense II illustrate both immediate and long-term impacts, both beneficial (to savers) and harmful (to debtors) of compound interest on overall financial health.
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Link to the simulation: http://www.clexchange.org/curriculum/dollarsandsense/Dollars%20and%20Sense%20II/ds2_lesson1.asp
Dollars and Sense II Lesson 2
Author(s): Jeff Potash Subject: Cross-Curricular
  The second lesson from "Dollars and Sense II: Our Interest in Interest, Managing Savings and Debt," "How Can I Maximize Savings While Spending?" contains 5 computer hands-on simulations designed to let students investigate the relative importance of careful saving and compound interest.

Complex Systems Connection: Short and Long Term Conflicts. Managing money, in personal finances or in running a business, often involves setting both short-term and long-term goals. Sometimes goals are in conflict between these timeframes, such as spending now versus saving/investing for future financial well-being. The lessons in Dollars and Sense II illustrate both immediate and long-term impacts, both beneficial (to savers) and harmful (to debtors) of compound interest on overall financial health
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Link to the simulation: http://www.clexchange.org/curriculum/dollarsandsense/Dollars%20and%20Sense%20II/ds2_lesson2.asp
Dollars and Sense II Lesson 3
Author(s): Jeff Potash Subject: Cross-Curricular
  Lesson 3 contains two computer “hands-on” simulations designed to introduce students to the basics of how credit card interest charges work. In this lesson students will experience how the costs of credit card borrowing can quickly escalate, sometimes beyond their control!

Complex Systems Connection: Short and Long Term Conflicts. Managing money, in personal finances or in running a business, often involves setting both short-term and long-term goals. Sometimes goals are in conflict between these timeframes, such as spending now versus saving/investing for future financial well-being. The lessons in Dollars and Sense II illustrate both immediate and long-term impacts, both beneficial (to savers) and harmful (to debtors) of compound interest on overall financial health.
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Dollars and Sense II Lesson 4
Author(s): Jeff Potash Subject: Cross-Curricular
  Lesson 4 contains three computer “hands-on” simulations designed to let students explore different types of Installment Loans, including auto loans, home mortgages, and personal loans.

Complex Systems Connection: Short and Long Term Conflicts. Managing money, in personal finances or in running a business, often involves setting both short-term and long-term goals. Sometimes goals are in conflict between these timeframes, such as spending now versus saving/investing for future financial well-being. The lessons in Dollars and Sense II illustrate both immediate and long-term impacts, both beneficial (to savers) and harmful (to debtors) of compound interest on overall financial health.
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Dollars and Sense II Lesson 5
Author(s): Jeff Potash Subject: Cross-Curricular
  Building on the introduction to credit card use in Lesson 3, Lesson 5 contains two computer hands-on simulations that are designed to help students extend their understanding of real world, ongoing credit card use and its relationship to one’s overall personal finances. The simulations challenge students to both create and then address personal scenarios of interest while further managing ongoing credit card use in the larger context of saving, spending, and savings goals.

Complex Systems Connection: Short and Long Term Conflicts. Managing money, in personal finances or in running a business, often involves setting both short-term and long-term goals. Sometimes goals are in conflict between these timeframes, such as spending now versus saving/investing for future financial well-being. The lessons in Dollars and Sense II illustrate both immediate and long-term impacts, both beneficial (to savers) and harmful (to debtors) of compound interest on overall financial health.
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Dollars and Sense II Lesson 6
Author(s): Jeff Potash Subject: Cross-Curricular
  This lesson (Lesson 6) contains five computer simulations designed to broaden students’ ability to manage long-term installment loans as part of their larger personal finances. Building on their new understanding of compounding Interest, students will evaluate the impact of three real world systems over the life of the loan: DEPRECIATION (where the value of an item or property falls over time at a regular rate); APPRECIATION (where value increases); and Net annual INCOME GROWTH (where personal buying power increases). Students will revisit the different types of Installment Loans from Lesson 4 to experiment with and evaluate the effects of changing VALUE and INCOME on their decisions about whether or not to pursue Installment Loans.

Complex Systems Connection: Short and Long Term Conflicts Managing money, in personal finances or in running a business, often involves setting both short-term and long-term goals. Sometimes goals are in conflict between these timeframes, such as spending now versus saving/investing for future financial well-being. The lessons in Dollars and Sense II illustrate both immediate and long-term impacts, both beneficial (to savers) and harmful (to debtors) of compound interest on overall financial health
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Dollars and Sense II Lesson 7
Author(s): Jeff Potash Subject: Cross-Curricular
  Lesson 7 contains three computer simulations, each intended to challenge students to apply what they have learned in previous lessons to help a desperate individual or couple with a looming financial catastrophe. Though each of the problems presented involves a slightly different concern, they all involve a combination of credit card and loan issues complicated by imbalances relating to spending. Can personal finance issues of these people be salvaged? And if so, at what cost and what trade-offs?

Complex Systems Connection: Short and Long Term Conflicts. Managing money, in personal finances or in running a business, often involves setting both short-term and long-term goals. Sometimes goals are in conflict between these timeframes, such as spending now versus saving/investing for future financial well-being. The lessons in Dollars and Sense II illustrate both immediate and long-term impacts, both beneficial (to savers) and harmful (to debtors) of compound interest on overall financial health
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