Ecological succession is a gradual process of change and replacement of some or all species in a community. There are examples of ecological succession all around us. Students will be better able to identify ecological succession if they can find examples in their own towns.
In this project, students are asked to locate 10 examples of ecological succession in YOUR CITY by exploring their neighborhood, school, parks, commercial areas, roads and any other place they want. When students find an example of ecological succession, they take a picture and complete the data sheet.
This project is designed to be completed during out-of-school time since it requires students to explore their own areas. In order to really get students to think creatively and explore our area, I offered a few bonus points to students who found an example that no one else did. This prevented all of the students from taking a photo of the abandoned commercial property/parking lot next door to our school.
Student response to this project is great! They love getting out of the classroom and searching for real-life examples of science concepts. You will enjoy your students photographs and enthusiasm for ecology.