I hope you had a nice weekend
I know everyone is getting ready for Secondary School so we are going to spend the next few weeks trying to get you as prepared as I can. Lots of the lessons we are covering will help you for next year and I hope you can all give them a try. Please complete the sheets attached and think about your responses. I have organised for the principal of the secondary school to respond to your questions and worries so please don't be afraid to ask. We have a theme of ecology this week which will hopefully give a good grounding for anyone hoping to do science in first year.
Have a great week
Here are todays Lessons
SPHE: Starting in Secondary School: Complete the attached pages and if you have any questions you can email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Maths: Directed Numbers
I made an error in the page number on Friday folks. If you have already completed this page take the day off maths. Today we are looking at directed numbers on the thermometer. Complete Page 121 of BAM
Gaeilge: An Teilifis
Read the piece and answer the questions
Science Ecology Lesson 1
This week our theme is Ecology which is looking at different organisms in our environment and how they relate to each other.
We have such a huge diversity (many different types) of living organisms in our back gardens that we don’t even know about. Thankfully these organisms (living things) have not been affected by the Corona virus and are thriving in this fabulous weather.
We are going to try and identify some organisms from our back garden, local forest/woodland, playing field etc.
When we have that done we are going to try build some simple food chains (a flow chart that tells us what each living thing eats) and food webs (linking our food chains together) from whatever organisms we catch and identify.
Food chains show how energy flows/passes through our ecosystem. Food chains have to start with a plant because plants make their own food (by using the sun’s energy) and we depend on these plants for our food (or on the animals who eat the plants so when you eat big juicy burger, you depended on the cow to provide that energy for you, the cow depended on the grass for his energy, and the grass depended on the sun for its energy. Therefore the energy from everything we eat has come from the sun.
Can you work out how the energy in a Mars bar, or a packet of crisps, came from the sun??
Well the energy in the mars comes from its large content of glucose which is a sugar which came from the sugar beet plant, which made its food by photosynthesis using energy from the sun.
Crisps come from potatoes, which were plants which made their food using energy from the sun!!
Task 1 What is a food chain/food web
Look at the short clip on food chains and food webs to get an idea what we are going to be working on outside later in the week
What do each of these terms mean?
3: Primary Consumer
4: Secondary Consumer
5: Apex Predator
7: Food Chain
8: Food Web
Write a sentence about each term to show your understanding.