This lab activity provides introductory reading and then provides data to examine the changes in six different plant species in a typical ecological succession which may be observed in the Northeastern and Midwestern U.S. (as well as portions of Canada). The relative number of the species in a community are determined 5 years, 15 years, 40 years and 100 years after the initial community disruption.
This lab activity is suitable for advanced level or introductory level biology students. (Introductory level students may require more guidance with the graphing activities and some analysis questions.)
This 12 page lab activity requires written responses of varying length to 19 questions, as well as the completion of four data tables and two graphs. Student copies as provided in both word and pdf format as well as in color and grayscale (which may be friendlier for photocopiers). The answer key for the activity is provided in pdf format. Learning standards for the activity correlating to the Educational Testing Service AP Biology, NGSS and Common Core standards are included in the zip file containing these materials.
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