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Plant Succession Lesson, Fire Ecology

Plant Succession Lesson, Fire Ecology
Plant Succession Lesson, Fire Ecology
Plant Succession Lesson, Fire Ecology
Plant Succession Lesson, Fire Ecology
Plant Succession Lesson, Fire Ecology
Plant Succession Lesson, Fire Ecology
Plant Succession Lesson, Fire Ecology
Plant Succession Lesson, Fire Ecology
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This PowerPoint includes important red slide notes, built-in video links, built-in visual quiz with answers, 5 page homework package, lesson notes with visuals, answer key, and much more. Also included is a 180 slide PowerPoint Review Game that covers the entire lesson and template for recording answers.

Note: This Lesson mostly describes succession in a deciduous forest, with some references to fire dependence / log pole pine / Mt Saint Helens (video links). The PowerPoint is editable so adding your own ecological communities to the slideshow is possible.

This PowerPoint begins having the students brainstorm what would happen to a city street in 1 year, 5 years, 10 years, 50 years, 100 years, and 1000 years if people disappeared. A series of slides then show visuals of a street scene changing over time into a forest. Ecological Succession is then defined as the gradual replacement of one community of living things by another community (Red Slide = Important Notes). Another series of slides shows this gradual change in a step by step process. Primary Succession is then described as succession in an area with no previous life supported (bare rock). Secondary Succession is then described as succession in an area that previously colonized life but is now disturbed. A neat picture shows a forest with three different logging disturbances and the secondary growth after each. Reasons why regrowth in secondary succession is usually faster are described with visuals. Plant and Animal Succession are then described with visuals. The order of plant succession in a temperate forest is described in a step by step / stage by stage process. A visual accompanies each stage of succession. A slide shows how the notes should be organized and the use of tabs / indents. This section of the PowerPoint begins at bare rock and continues all the way to climax community. Events that can restart succession are then described. A visual quiz 1-10 is then provided that shows a picture of a stage of plant succession. Students must record the correct name of that stage (Ex. Sun-Loving Trees, Ex. Old-Field Community). Students usually do very well on this quiz because of the step by visuals they have seen many times so far in the slideshow. The answers are provided after the quiz. The question is previewed one last time before the answer is revealed so the teacher can call upon students. A neat field study project that has students collect data from various communities of ecological succession is provided with instructions and data collection sheet. I am lucky to to have a many great examples of the various communities close to my school. Simulated data is provided for those who can't visit the stages. Aquatic Succession is then described in a step by step approach. A description of how change over time increases biomass, biodiversity, % population and more are described. The essence of succession is then described about how each species changes its environment and thus causes its own demise. Two guess the pictures hidden beneath the boxes conclude this PowerPoint. Each slide reveals a bit more a picture beneath. Students raise their hand and take guesses. The first box game shows a rock with lichens on it (Early Succession). The second box game reveals central park in NYC from an aircraft - A small hint to humanity that changing the environment too much may lead to our downfall. Fire ecology is then addressed at the end. Students learn about how forest fires have many positive effects to a forest if managed properly. Students also see the dangers and damage that they cause. A neat video link is also provided as is some review questions at the end. This is a neat PowerPoint that is full of fantastic visuals of each stage of succession. Note- Plant Succession in The Eastern Deciduous Forest is highlighted. The fire ecology portion is more geared toward the Western United States and includes info about the let it burn philosophy, fire dependence, careers in fire management, really neat video link, and much more. The last portion of the lesson focuses on aquatic succession and explores nutrients, oligotrophic, mesotophic, eutrophic, and eutrophication. A quiz is also provided about this section. Please see my entire abiotic factors unit.

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