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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
Systems Thinking and Dynamic Modeling within K-12 Schools: Effects on Student Learning
Author(s): Anne LaVigne Subject: Research
  The increasing trend of use of systems thinking and dynamic modeling could not have occurred without a network of educators who saw the benefits for their students and who worked and continue to work on developing capacity to apply systems thinking and dy
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Retire Rich App - Mini Lesson
Author(s): Anne LaVigne Subject: Cross-Curricular
  Retire Rich is a free, engaging, easy-to-use app for students and others to explore the implications of different plans to save for retirement. Students can change annual savings, interest rates, and the timing of saving to see what happens over the course of a lifetime.
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Population Planner App - Mini Lesson
Author(s): Anne LaVigne Subject: Cross-Curricular
  Population Planner is a free, engaging, easy-to-use app for students and others to explore how populations can grow or decline over time. http://www.clexchange.org/curriculum/apps/ Students can change the initial population, death rate, and birth rate to see what happens over 100 years.
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Oscillations: Characteristics of Complex Systems in K-12 Education Project
Author(s): Jennifer Andersen, Anne LaVigne, & in collaboration with the CLE Subject: Cross-Curricular
  Led by a partnership between MIT Professor Emeritus Jay W. Forrester and the Creative Learning Exchange, the goal of the Characteristics of Complex Systems Project is to create online curricula for ages five and above that will illustrate the characteristics of complex systems. In exploring the nature of complex social systems, the curricula address questions such as – why do such systems resist policy changes? Why are short-term and long-term responses to corrective action often at odds with each other? How can leverage points be applied to bring about desirable change in social systems? The goals of the project are grounded in the belief that an abstract level of understanding of social systems will help prepare future citizens to actively shape their society. The lessons and simulations are based upon the fourth characteristic of complex systems: the cause of the problem is within the system.

Complex Systems Connection: Cause within System. Five interdisciplinary areas are covered in a series of lessons, utilizing a family of models that all generate oscillation. Oscillation in real-world systems is often considered problematic rather than a consequence of system structure. This progression of lessons will help students understand that undesirable behavior can be a consequence of system structure and not a result of outside, uncontrollable influences. In other words, a system that oscillates does so because it has an inherent tendency to do so.
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Oscillations 7C: Hog Wild: Fluctuations in Commodities Markets
Author(s): Anne LaVigne, Jennifer Andersen, & in collaboration with the Creative Learning Exchange Subject: Cross-Curricular
  This model illustrates how a commodity often oscillates over time based on supply, demand, and price. Students explore a pork commodity, comparing simulation results given two scenarios for large and small farms.

Complex Systems Connection: Cause within System. Five interdisciplinary areas are covered in a series of lessons, utilizing a family of models that all generate oscillation. Oscillation in real-world systems is often considered problematic rather than a consequence of system structure. This progression of lessons will help students understand that undesirable behavior can be a consequence of system structure and not a result of outside, uncontrollable influences. In other words, a system that oscillates does so because it has an inherent tendency to do so.
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Link to the simulation: http://www.clexchange.org/curriculum/complexsystems/oscillation/Oscillation_CommoditiesC.asp
Oscillations 7B: From Farm to Table: The Ups and Downs of What We Buy
Author(s): Anne LaVigne, Jennifer Andersen, & in collaboration with the Creative Learning Exchange Subject: Cross-Curricular
  This lesson explores a commodity market, hog farming, periods from two different perspectives. Students experience a simulated large and small farm, comparing the similarities and differences among trends, including retail pork prices and availability of pork.

Complex Systems Connection: Cause within System. Five interdisciplinary areas are covered in a series of lessons, utilizing a family of models that all generate oscillation. Oscillation in real-world systems is often considered problematic rather than a consequence of system structure. This progression of lessons will help students understand that undesirable behavior can be a consequence of system structure and not a result of outside, uncontrollable influences. In other words, a system that oscillates does so because it has an inherent tendency to do so.
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Link to the simulation: http://www.clexchange.org/curriculum/complexsystems/oscillation/Oscillation_CommoditiesB.asp
Oscillations 7 Background Information
Author(s): Jennifer Andersen, Anne LaVigne, & in collaboration with the Creative Learning Exchange Subject: Cross-Curricular
  Commodities are a class of goods that can be produced in such a way that it is difficult or impossible to distinguish one instance of the commodity from another. The price of the commodity is determined as a function of the market as a whole, not in regard to who produced it or how it was produced. Commodities share a common problem in that prices and production exhibit repeating cycles. This simulation introduces students to the concept of commodity cycles by comparing two types of hog farms: • Large; over 2000 hogs produced per year and primarily serving the price-conscience consumer • Small; fewer than 2000 hogs per year and primarily serving the quality-conscience consumer.

Complex Systems Connection: Cause within System. Five interdisciplinary areas are covered in a series of lessons, utilizing a family of models that all generate oscillation. Oscillation in real-world systems is often considered problematic rather than a consequence of system structure. This progression of lessons will help students understand that undesirable behavior can be a consequence of system structure and not a result of outside, uncontrollable influences. In other words, a system that oscillates does so because it has an inherent tendency to do so.
 
Oscillations 6C: The Big Squeeze: Pressure, Achievement and Burnout
Author(s): Anne LaVigne, Jennifer Andersen, & in collaboration with the Creative Learning Exchange Subject: Cross-Curricular
  This model illustrates a workaholic situation where pressure is entirely internally generated through increasing one’s own expectations for oneself. Overachievers can understand how setting the bar ever higher can be unhealthy behavior over the long-term even though they have been successful with this strategy so far in life.

Complex Systems Connection: Cause within System. Five interdisciplinary areas are covered in a series of lessons, utilizing a family of models that all generate oscillation. Oscillation in real-world systems is often considered problematic rather than a consequence of system structure. This progression of lessons will help students understand that undesirable behavior can be a consequence of system structure and not a result of outside, uncontrollable influences. In other words, a system that oscillates does so because it has an inherent tendency to do so.
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Link to the simulation: http://www.clexchange.org/curriculum/complexsystems/oscillation/Oscillation_BurnoutC.asp
Oscillations 6B Running in Circles: How Fast Can We Go?
Author(s): Anne LaVigne, Jennifer Andersen, & in collaboration with the Creative Learning Exchange Subject: Cross-Curricular
  This lesson explores individual choices and work styles and how some of those choices may lead to cycles of burnout. Students take on the role of "advisor" to friends who are experiencing these cycles and also reflect on their own personal life choices.

Complex Systems Connection: Cause within System. Five interdisciplinary areas are covered in a series of lessons, utilizing a family of models that all generate oscillation. Oscillation in real-world systems is often considered problematic rather than a consequence of system structure. This progression of lessons will help students understand that undesirable behavior can be a consequence of system structure and not a result of outside, uncontrollable influences. In other words, a system that oscillates does so because it has an inherent tendency to do so.
  PDF

Link to the simulation: http://www.clexchange.org/curriculum/complexsystems/oscillation/Oscillation_BurnoutB.asp
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