At Hollenbeck Middle School, we have been hard at work approaching a concept known as “systems thinking”. Thinking about the environments that we are a part of, we have spent a few weeks thinking about ecosystem interactions.
As a part of this week’s activity, cards were printed out to represented different biotic (ie. animals, trees) and abiotic (sun, water) components of a forest. Students slowly established the relationships between the different components, and we used pieces of ribbon to connect two components together. What started out as a very simple relationship quickly evolved into a complex web of interactions. I reminded the students that as long as we are able to isolate the relationships between two components, then we are successfully practicing systems thinking.