From crossword puzzle, students will: (1) distinguish between biotic factor and abiotic factor; (2) describe three types of community interactions that can affect an ecosystem; (3) distinguish between primary succession and secondary succession; and (4) distinguish between habitat and niche.
Words used include: biotic factors, abiotic factors, habitat, niche, competition, competitive exclusion principle, predation, symbiosis, mutualism, commensalism, parasitism, ecological succession, primary succession, secondary succession, and pioneer species. These words are listed in the second spreadsheet, but you can delete them if desired.
The solutions are provided in the third spreadsheet.
This crossword puzzle is in Microsoft Excel format. If you decide to print it for hard copy use, then in Print Settings select “Landscape Orientation” and “Fit Sheet on One Page.” However, students who have access to a computer or tablet can electronically complete the puzzle in Excel (be sure to delete or move the answer key beforehand). Completing it directly in Excel allows for easy corrections to be made and eliminates any messy mistakes. Students may also submit their completed puzzle to you electronically.
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