See also "Circle of Life" Thematic Unit. Systems is a theme that can lend itself to a wide range of inter-connected activities and makes for a great rich topic. As pupils examine, contrast and investigate Systems skills they can practise these in authentic learning contexts within the school and/or wider community. They can interact with leaders from the local or national community and be mentioned in their own skills and attitudes.
Suggested integrating connections: Look at the concepts/patterns of the "big" and "systems" in each subject area. Contrast is part of this.
Systems Science Look forces and how bridges and the water cycle have to respond to forces. Gravity is a common element to both. Full information in the bridges unit plan and other forces resources are downloadable in the Systems visuals column on this page. Systems Social Studies Sciences You have people called systems analysts, systems engineers, chefs have a system, look for how many jobs have integral systems built into them. Even your local fast food outlet has an incredible number of systems in it. Check out people who have jobs that involve working with the "systems". Put together Powerpoint presentations, digital camera pictures and Video with other display items from your unit.. voile.. a show!
Systems Health & P.E You can look at a range of systems as a part of health and P.E. and contrast these or look for connections to other systems. (Circulatory System, Skeletal System, Muscle System etc.)
Systems Technology It's a systems world.. essentially they are all around you. Of course many the resources in the Systems Visuals column focus on bridges, which is a great technology unit.
Technology Challenge See the Systems Visuals for support in this area
Systems Maths Scale, ratio, budgeting, spreadsheets, measurement, geometry, surveys and information gathering (statistics, graphing) as you investigate within the "systems" topic Shapes (including 3D) in bridges. 3D Design using Google SketchUp is also an idea.
Systems Business finance, budgets, financial planning, costs and accounts.
Systems Gallery Send us digital pictures of your experiences, with a short descriptive paragraph, and we will put them on line.
Systems English/Language Ideas & links Write on: Be a big fish in a systems pond.. look at this and other sayings. Write about how people can make you feel "systems". Words and synonyms that convey the word "systems"... micro...tiny etc. Write about that systems place you like to hide or go. Hobbits in Lord of the Rings.. check them out.. study the film book from the roles that they have to play.
Systems Sayings Read On: Stories to think about: Tom Thumb
Systems Music/Drama/Dance See integrated unit. Summarise aspects of knowledge learned in a drama/video re-enactment.
Systems Daily Activities Use of "systems" groups, systems steps of a process to create a product i.e. the information process. What systems does a school, house need to keep running? Keep a growing tally of the 'systems' you find around you.... be amazed!
Systems Clipart Not available. Search clipart collections for images required.
Systems Thinking skills Systems ideas are great ideas.. try to create a new systems idea everyday.. (Green Hat stuff)
Systems - a Wider vision Don't try to get the log out of another persons eye until you get the splinter out of yours.
Systems History Not available
Systems Environmental The Earth has a number of systems that keep it operating (oceans, weather, sun etc.) and of course even plants and animals are systems themselves or involved in systems. Setup and inquiry topic into how they are systems.