7th grade

Ecological Succession Webquest

Part 1:  Vocabulary

Use the following website to answer questions 1-3: http://www.countrysideinfo.co.uk/successn/summary.htm (Links to an external site.)


  1. Define Ecological Succession


  1. Define Primary Succession


  1. Define Secondary Succession



Use the following link to answer question 4: https://socratic.org/questions/what-is-a-climax-community (Links to an external site.)

  1. What is a Climax Community?


Use the following link to answer question 5: https://support.powerschool.com/repository/schoolnet/isee/pdf/S1_Primary_and_Secondary_Succession_D.pdf (Links to an external site.)

  1. Describe a Pioneer Species.


Part 2:  Apply What You Have Learned

Mount Saint Helens erupted in 1980, and while it devastated the surrounding land and property, it was a unique opportunity for ecologists to study primary succession. Use the two links to answer questions 6-8.

http://mshallarvadahs.pbworks.com/f/Mount+Saint+Helens+report.pdf (Links to an external site.)

http://digitalcollections.lib.washington.edu/cdm/search/collection/mtsthelens (Links to an external site.)


  1. Which types of plants and animals were in the area before the eruption?


  1. Describe the pioneer species that helped start succession after the eruption.


  1. How long do you think it will take Mt. Saint Helens to reach climax community?




Chicken Wing Pre-Lab

Amber Athens,
May 17, 2019, 11:12 AM