Year 9 Living World
What do we mean by the ‘living world’? Well, it’s about living things and how they interact with each other and the environment – the world around them.
In this course you’ll work through five sections:
1. Living or non-living? – we’ll explore what all living things have in common: the eight shared characteristics that make them ‘living’, and that make them different from things that are ‘non-living’.
2. The life processes of plants – we’ll look at how plants carry out seven different life processes:
- How they move
- How they release stored energy so they can use it to do things
- How they can respond to changes in the world around them
- How they grow
- How they reproduce – make more of themselves
- How they get rid of wastes
- How they make food and get other things they need to live.
3. Ecology – we’ll explore where living things live, as well as what things affect where they live and what helps living things survive where they do.
4. Classification – we’ll look at the systems we use to figure out some order when it comes to all the millions of species of organisms that live on Earth, and what tools we can use to figure out which organism we’re looking at.
5. Aotearoa New Zealand’s unique plants and animals – we’ll talk about the unique plants and animals we have in Aotearoa New Zealand and how organisms like those come about.
This course will give you a good grounding in the basic knowledge and skills you need to take forward to the Living World section of Year 10 Sciences, and then on to Years 11–13 when it gets called Biology.
The word ‘biology’ comes from two Greek words: ‘bios’ meaning ‘life’ and ‘logos’ meaning ‘study’. So biology is the study of life and living organisms.
How you’ll learn
People learn in different ways. Here are some of the ways you can learn and interact with the materials in this online course.
Self-paced learning – This online course is set up so you can learn at your own pace. So, although there are ‘suggested’ times for each page, they’re just a guideline. Plan your learning to suit you.
Diagrams, videos and interactions – Some people prefer to learn by reading, some by watching and listening, and some by doing. We’ve used diagrams, videos and interactions alongside the text, so that there’s something for everyone!
Practice activities – Throughout this course there are lots of short activities. These activities are for you to check your own understanding, not for someone to mark them. These activities give you a great chance to practise what you’ve learned and compare your answer with the model feedback without being assessed.
Glossary – We’ll be using some technical words and phrases in this course. To help you grow your vocab around the topics, the course includes an online glossary. When you see a word or phrase underlined in the text, move your cursor over it and a definition will pop up – easy as!
Discussions – Sharing with others can also be a great way to learn. Talk with your classmates and teacher at school about the ideas you come across in this online course. Even chat to your family at the dinner table about the things you’re learning – if you can explain the ideas to others, you can really be confident in your own understanding.