Lesson Plan

Changing Biological Communities – Disturbance and Succession

This Changing Biological Communities – Disturbance and Succession lesson plan also includes:

After cutting down a forest to make a farm, how long would it take the environment to turn an abandoned farm back into a forest? Scholars study this exact scenario while they interpret many charts and graphs of the changing ecosystems as an abandoned farm slowly adjusts back to a natural environment. They discuss and answer questions about the readings on the case study.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Designed
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Instructional Ideas
  • Work on question eight as whole-class guided practice, as it might confuse and frustrate many pupils
  • Invite someone to speak to the class about the invasive species in your area and what they can do to help
Classroom Considerations
  • Relies on prior knowledge of biological communities and interactions within these communities
  • Includes the topic of non-native invasive species
  • Offers a great perspective of time to destroy nature versus time to recover nature
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