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Systems and a Spring

A 5th grade class works with a slinky and behavior-over-time graph to examine balanced and unbalanced forces.  Systems thinking concepts: change over time, interdependencies and structure creates behavior.

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Note: A common mistake students make when introduced to Behavior-over-time graphs is “traveling back in time.” Several of the line segments have low points to the left of their high points – showing a movement back in time!

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