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Generic Models

Topic

Generic Models

Subject

Social Studies

Grades

7th

Overview: Students review systems thinking concepts and tools. Using STELLA® modeling software, students apply their understanding of systems concepts as they create and run simple computer models that show generic patterns (e.g. linear growth, exponential growth/decay, oscillation). Students then modify, document, and create an interface for a model of their choosing to better understand a real-world situation.

ST Concepts & Habits

Concepts:

  • Accumulations

  • Interdependencies

  • Change over time

  • Leverage

Habits of a systems thinker:

  • Seeks to understand the “big picture”

ST Tools

  • Computer models,

  • Behavior-over-time graphs

Standards

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

Implemented by: Anne LaVigne and Jeff Wadman

Submitted by: Anne LaVigne

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