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U.S. Government–Balance of Power

Topic

U.S. Government–Balance of Power

Subject

Social Studies

Grades

7th

Overview/Summary: Students work in groups of 8-10 to complete the “Avalanche” activity from The Systems Thinking Playbook (Booth Sweeney and Meadows).  An analysis of the components of the activity as well as the resulting dynamics allows students to consider the similarities between the activity and the structure and function of the United States federal government.

ST Concepts & Habits

Concepts:

  • Interdependencies

  • Structure generates behavior

Habits of a systems thinker:

  • Understands and considers how mental models affect current reality and the future

ST Tools

Kinesthetic systems activity

Standards

Students understand the ideals, rights, and responsibilities of citizenship and know how governments are formed and function.

  • Understand the functions and responsibilities of the three branches of the United States federal government.

  • Understand ways in which people claim and exercise their civil rights to achieve equality.

Implemented by: Debbi Kapp, Anne LaVigne, and Jeff Wadman

Submitted by: Anne LaVigne

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