Relationships and Energy

9CIE - Ecology

Finn LeSueur


Ngā Whāinga Ako

  1. Recall MRS GREN
  2. Classify living things as herbivores, carnivores, omnivores

Write the date and ngā whāinga ako in your books.

Mahi Tuatahi

  • Think about your best friend, and about someone that you do not get along with.
  • What are the differences between those relationships? What makes you get along with your best friend and the other person? Do you both benefit from the friendship?

Ecology / Mātai Hauropi

  • Ecology: It’s all about transfer of energy
  • Symbiotic: A relationship which benefits both organisms
  • Parasitic: A relationship where one organism feeds off another (or benefits from)


  • Think again about your best friend and the person you don’t get along with. How would you now categorise those relationships?
  • Friendships that work out tend to be symbiotic and ones that don’t, parasitic.
  • If you want to look after your friends, make sure it’s symbiotic!

Pātai: How to be alive?

Discuss with the person sitting next to you - what does it mean to be alive?

Whakatika: MRS C GREN

Movement, Respiration, Sensitivity, Circulation, Growth, Respiration, Excretion, Nutrition!

Energy Transfer

  • Through relationships, energy moves between different organisms
  • It starts with the producers (from the sun)
  • And moves through to the apex predators (humans, lions, etc.)

5 Kingdoms

  • All life on Earth can be divided into 5 groups
  • Animalia, Plantae, Fungi, Protists, Bacteria/Monae
  • Each category has specific attributes; usually based on how they get their energy


  • Divide a page into five sections
  • Label each section with one of the five kingdoms
  • Open Education Perfect and complete the task on The Five Kingdoms. Use the slides there to makes notes in your exercise book!

When doing Education Perfect tasks, always take your time and makes notes on any new information in your exercise book!