Systems and System Modeling

This lesson introduces students to how and why scientists use systems thinking and system modeling. The worksheets use simple, familiar contexts to explain how the parts of a system work together to perform its function by changing and moving energy and matter. The activities provide clear steps and scaffolding for students as they draw their own system models. Discussion and written questions lead students through evaluating multiple models for the same system. This lesson pack contains three sets of student worksheets (2 pages each), teacher pages, and a lesson plan.

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Description

This Teach the Dimensions lesson introduces students to how scientists use systems thinking and system modeling (NGSS CCC 4 and SEP 2). In this lesson, students will:

  • Draw system models for a bicycle and a dandelion.
  • Evaluate multiple models for the same system.
  • Connect systems thinking and modeling to familiar experiences.

The worksheets use simple, familiar contexts to explain how the parts of a system work together to perform a function. Students learn that systems do work by changing and moving energy and matter. The activities provide clear steps and scaffolding for students as they draw their own system models. Discussion and written questions lead students through comparing multiple models for the same system and evaluating their own and others’ models.

This lesson pack contains three 2-page student worksheets:

  • Systems Thinking
  • System Modeling
  • Living Systems

The duration of this lesson is two 30-40 minute class periods.

This lesson contains a lesson plan and teacher pages that provide additional background information and support for leading discussions and evaluating student work. You can preview the lesson plan by clicking the thumbnail below the product image.

Additional information

File Size

1.3 MB, 10 Pages

Suggested Grade

3rd, 4th, 5th

Crosscutting Concepts (CCCs)

Systems and System Models

Science and Engineering Practices (SEPs)

Developing and Using Models

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