Big Ideas

Use these big, abstract ideas to go across content areas and get students making unexpected connections.

Generalization: Change Leads to More Change

Can you think of a time in your life when "Change lead to more change?"

Generalization: Problems Lead to New Rules, Which Lead to New Problems

Students explore this generation about how problems lead to new rules, and new rules lead to new problems.

Generalization: Systems Are Made up of Other Systems

Students will explore how systems are often made up of smaller systems (and are usually a part of a larger system, too).

Introducing Universal Theme of Change

So what could you do with a Universal Theme of Change? Well, here's an introduction that will get your students' brains sweating.

Generalization: Unseen power, visible effects.

Can you think of times when power is unseen, but we can clearly see its effects?

Introducing Universal Theme of Conflict

So what could you do with a Universal Theme of Conflict? Well, here's an introduction that will get your students' brains sweating.

Introducing Universal Theme of Power

So what could you do with a Universal Theme of Power? Well, here's an introduction that will get your students' brains sweating.

Introducing Universal Theme of Systems

So what could you do with a Universal Theme of Systems? Well, here's an introduction that will get your students' brains sweating.

Generalization: Order Can Be Natural or Constructed

Students explore this generation about how order can be both natural and created by humans.