Dynamics Associated with the Civil War in the U.S.


Dynamics associated with the Civil War in the U.S.


Social Studies


5th or 6th

Overview: Students will use systems thinking tools (particularly the iceberg graphic organizer) to analyze an article and textbook materials, focusing on events leading up to, during, and after the Civil War. Students will compare and contrast the patterns of behavior, the underlying structures, and the mental models of the North and South in relation to the events.

ST Concepts & Habits


  • Boundaries: time and space,

  • Patterns over time

  • Accumulations

  • Rates of change,

  • Interdependencies

ST Tools
  • Iceberg visual

  • Behavior-over-time graphs

Optional: Causal loop diagrams


Students understand the human experience through time; interpret historical events; and make connections among cultures, people, and events.

Students know locations, places, and regions, and understand how geography affects the way people live and interact with each other and their environment.

Students use economic concepts to analyze problems and evaluate decisions.

Implemented by: Julie Guerrero and Joan Scurran

Submitted by: Catalina Foothills School District

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