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Teaching Science Through a Systems Approach

by: Douglas Llewellyn and Scott Johnson

Based on the recommendation of the AAAS and the NRC, middle level science is the rightful introduction for a systems approach, including the study of its parts, subsystems, interconnections, and interrelationships. Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax provides an excellent opportunity to combine ecological consequences within a systems approach (Sweeney 2001). The inquiry-based lesson described here is designed using the 5E instructional model and develops students’ critical-thinking skills as they create concept maps to depict the relationships among components of a larger system.


Type Journal ArticlePub Date 7/1/2008Stock # ss08_031_09_21Volume 031Issue 09

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