Lesson Plan

Watershed Web: A Field Trip

Observing plant succession doesn't have to be a decade long process. A hands-on lesson has groups study succession over a designated space. Learners use their observation skills to record differences in plant and soil characteristics in a space that leads to or from a water source. They record their observations and connect them to the succession and limiting factors.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Demonstrate the expected procedure and allow students to practice prior to collecting data
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires access to a vegetated space that has a wet area
  • Emphasize the importance of proper clothing in the days leading up to the activity
Pros
  • Offers options for extending the activity
  • Provides detailed instructions of the procedure
Cons
  • None