Finding Relationships

In this section you will be uncovering and describing "relationships" or the way things interact with each other.

Thinking in terms of relationships or the interactions between people, activities, and things is a very powerful tool for understanding many things such as families and ecosystems. Understanding ecosystems is like understanding the way in which members of your family relate to one another. Any two or more things that are tied together in some way can be explained or described in terms of relationships. The trick is to discover what the relationship is, but if you know that you are looking for them they are pretty easy to find.

Your family relationships

What relationships can exist between the members of your family? Think about your family, or a family you know with a brother and sister.

 
What is the relationship between a brother and sister?
They wear the same clothes
They both like broccoli
They both have the same parents
They never fight with each other

Now think about some other relationships on your own. How do the members of your family relate -- share the same house, share household duties, like the same food, like the same music?

Now for a tough one!

How are prehistoric dinosaurs and driving a car to the store related?

Hint - Following the links, or relationships, between the dinosaurs dying out and being buried in the ground, crude oil or fossil fuel formation, processing oil into gas, and the development of gasoline powered automobiles.

 
How are prehistoric dinosaurs related to driving a car to the store?
The Flintstones used dinosaurs for cars
Cars are powered by gas created from fossil fuels which are the remains of long-dead plants and animals
Dinosaurs invented the first store
There is no relationship

You will discover how to answer even difficult questions by looking for the "relationships."

Something to try on your own

Next time you are learning something, try to discover the relationships between the things you are learning about.

Now lets try to use relationships in some subject examples

Math Example
Science Example
Social Studies Example
Language Arts Example

Links to Reference Library

Links to Workbook Pages that use "finding relationships"

 

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