The weather is due to be quite warm today so I have given you an outdoor lesson as part of our ecology week. You are going to learn about a range of traps for studying minibeasts in your local ecosystem!
I hope you enjoy it!
Here are today's lessons
Science Ecology Lesson 3
Task 3 Search for, and identify, some animals/insects in your ecosystem (an area you are going to work in this week for your ecology lesson). Here are some easy simple ways to catch/identify mini bugs and beasts.
1. Beating tray Simply place an old white rag/sheet or even a piece of white paper under a tree/bush/hedge. GENTLY shake the bush with a small stick. Small insects/organisms should fall onto your sheet and you can then identify them
2. Cryptozoic trap If there is a stone/block/piece of wood or anything like this lying on the ground for the past few days, and you lift it up, underneath you should find lots of woodlice, maggots, worms etc. These creatures don’t like light and will gather in dark areas. If you don’t have anything left lying around, you can place something down today and go back in a few days to see who has gathered.
3. Pitfall trap This is where you dig a small hole in the ground (maybe a flower bed where the soil is soft). Into your hole you place a paper cup or old small jar. You can place alcohol or vinegar into the bottom of the jar (WITH THE PERMISSION FROM YOUR PARENTS). Then you put a false raised camouflaged lid on top but when the bugs come crawling along they fall in. This needs to be left for a couple of days. The alcohol/vinegar kills them so you can see what you caught for making your food chain, otherwise if you catch a fly and a spider one might eat the other and you wouldn’t realise you caught them.
There are of course other ways and some of you may have kits at home for catching animals. Don’t forget if you see a fox or a rabbit while in the countryside, you can also include these in your food chain. You don’t have to catch everything to use it. Don’t forget to include birds as well. Look at the pictures attached for guidance on the traps and some mini-beasts in a common Irish ecosystem. You might find some of these mini-beasts!!
Gaeilge Líon na Bearnaí
Complete the líon na bearnaí activity on page 137 of Sin É.
Maths: Directed Numbers Adding and Subtracting.
You are going to be adding and subtracting positive and negative numbers on the numberline today. I have a video attached which explains this concept. Complete BAM page 123.
Think about your first penance reflect upon it with your prayer after confession. Complete Page 18 of your Confirmation Book.