Reflection: Student Communication Melting Ice and Sea Level Rise - Section 4: Explain


In the video below, I ask the student, who presented her ideas in the photos from this section, how using feedback loops helped her to make sense of the interactions of many different elements related to melting ice and sea level rise. 

I added these thinking tools to my curriculum in the 2014-2015 school year and it has made a significant change to the level of learning that my students have achieved. I urge any teacher to learn the basic tools of Systems Thinking/Systems Dynamics and integrate them into your classroom. 

A great book to start with is Thinking in Systems by Donella Meadows. 


Two resource packed websites to find curriculum include:

The Waters Foundation 

The Creative Learning Exchange 


  Summarizing Using Causal Loop Diagrams
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Melting Ice and Sea Level Rise

Unit 4: Understanding Our Changing Climate: Impact on Oceans
Lesson 1 of 10

Objective: SWBAT design an experiment to model and measure impact of sea level rise from ice melt.

Big Idea: Students design an experiment to model and analyze the impact of melting ice on land and on water.

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Science, acid rain, Climate Change, ocean, Carbon, tides, Sea level rise, map
  70 minutes
screen shot 2014 12 30 at 6 09 57 pm
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