unit 7 of Facing the Future's high school textbook
chapter 9 of our middle school textbook
Here is a list of recommended resources on systems thinking, covering topics such as interconnectedness and cause and effect. Below each resource you will find links to related Facing the Future lessons. View the criteria used to select these resources.
The Cat in the Hat Comes Back
This is a 64-page tale about the interconnected mess that all started with a snow day and a visit from the mischievous Cat in the Hat.
Book | ISBN 9780394800028 | $
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
Laura Joffe Numeroff
This 32-page story reveals the unintended consequences that happen after an energetic mouse is given a cookie.
Book | ISBN 9780060245863 | $
This 73-page story is about the wise Lorax who warns the Once-ler not to cut down all the Truffula trees. The story models several systems thinking concepts, including interconnectedness, limits to success, and unintended consequences.
Book | ISBN 9780394823379 | $
Seven Blind Mice
In this 40-page book, seven blind mice investigate the strange "Something" by the pond, and one by one, they come back with a different theory. It's only when the seventh mouse goes out to explore the whole "Something" that the mice see the entire truth.
Book | ISBN 9780698118959 | $
When a Butterfly Sneezes
Linda Booth Sweeney
This 128-page book is subtitled a "Guide for Helping Kids Explore Interconnections in Our World Through Favorite Stories." Each chapter focuses on a children's book, uncovering the systems principles inherent in the story, general points for discussion, illustrations of key concepts, and questions to spark conversation for both younger and older readers.
Book | ISBN 9781883823528 | $
In this 112-minute video, a U.S. politician, a poet, and a scientist discuss their philosophies of life while walking through an island off the coast of France.
Video | $
Powers of 10
Charles and Ray Eames
This 46-minute video takes the viewer from the core of an atom to the edge of the universe, moving 10 times further every 10 seconds. The film and all the Powers of Ten products are about scale and how we view the universe and our place in it.
Video | $
Secret Worlds: The Universe Within
This site shows how your perspective changes as you decrease distance from an object by powers of 10, starting from the Milky Way at 10 million light years away from the Earth and ending with subatomic particles.
Website | Free
The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
This 304-page book presents the "Tipping Point" theory, based on three main principles: ideas are contagious, little causes can have big effects, and change does not happen gradually but at one pivotal moment. The challenge is to find the right leverage point to set off a chain reaction of positive change.
Book | ISBN 9780316346627 | $
The Web of Life: A New Scientific Understanding of Living Systems
In this 368-page book, Capra sets forth a scientific language to describe the interrelationships and interdependence of physiological, biological, physical, social, and cultural phenomena.
Book | ISBN 9780385476768 | $
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