Life Sciences Lessons for Grade 10

Introducing Grade 10 Life Sciences, 2021

Welcome to the 2021 Academic Year for Grade 10 in Life Sciences.

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Important Biological Skills (Term 1, Week 1: 15-19 February)

Rules relating to Graphs, Scientific Drawings, and Experimenting.

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Inorganic Compounds (Term 1, Week 2: 22-26 February)

The Chemistry of Life is introduced with a focus on Inorganic Compounds.

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Organic Compounds - Part 1 (Term 1, Week 3, 1-5 March)

We introduce Organic Compounds. Continue working on the Questions in the WorkBook.

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Organic Compounds, Part 2 (Term 1, Week 4, 8-12 March)

Complete our study of Organic Compounds.

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Cell Structure (Term 1, Weeks 6 and 7, 23 March - 1 April).

To study the Plant Cells (Week 6) and Animals Cells (Week 7).

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Mitosis (Term 1, Week 8, 6-9 April)

Study the basic way in which one cell divides itself into two cells, and why this is important.

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Animal Tissues (Term 1, Week 9, 12-16 April)

Put similar plant cells together to form Simple and Complex Tissues.

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Plant Tissues (Term 1, Week 10, 19-23 April)

Understanding Plant Tissues.

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Biotechnology (Term 2, Week 1, 3-7 May)

We will see how we, as humans, have taken our knowledge of living things to make them work for us.

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The Plant Leaf, and its Root introduced. (Term 2, Week 2, 10-14 May)

A reminder of the structure of a leaf in a dicotyledonous plant, and a look at its roots.

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The Plant's Roots (completed) and its Stems. (Term 2, Week 3, 17-21 May)

Finish studying the root structure, and then study the stem.

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Transport of Water in Plants (Term 2, Week 4, 24-28 May)

Over two weeks, study the structures and systems of how water and food are moved through the plant.

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Transport of Food in Plants (Term 2, Week 5, 31 May - 4 June)

Study the Movement of Food through the plant, and complete the questions of this section.

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Supporting Systems and Movement in Animals (Term 2, Week 6, 7-11 June)

Study the structures of bones, joints and muscles in the human, and how they work together.

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Blood Transport in Humans, Part 1 (Term 2, Week 7, 14-18 June)

The Human Heart and our Circulatory Systems.

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Blood Transport, Part 2 (Term 2, Week 8, 21-25 June)

A focus on Blood Vessels and the Lymphatic System.

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Biosphere and Biomes (Term 3, Weeks 1-2, 26 July - 6 August)

Defining our Biospheres, and then studying in detail the Biomes of South Africa, on land and in the water.

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Ecosystems and Abiotic Factors (Term 3, Week 3, 10-13 August)

A detailed reminder of what Ecosystems are, and the Abiotic Factors involved.

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Biotic Factors and Energy Flow (Term 3, Week 4, 16-20 August)

A study of the possible living organisms in an ecosystem, and how they eat each other and so cause a flow of food energy through that system.

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Nutrient Cycles (Term 3, Week 5, 23-27 August)

Look at the Cycles followed by each of four different Nutrients, and then look at the role of Ecotourism.

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Biodiversity (Term 3, Week 6, 30 August - 3 September)

A focus on different types of Biodiversity, especially in South Africa.

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Classification (Term 3, Week 7, 6-10 September)

How and why we Classify Plants and Animals into different groups, and then how we name each group.

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History of Life (Term 3, Week 8, 13-17 September)

The history of Life on Earth, as supported by our evidence.

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Cambrian Explosion (Term 3, Weeks 9 and 10, 20 September - 1 October)

In the Cambrian Period, a sudden growth occurred in the number of different living organisms.

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Mass Extinctions (Term 4, Week 1, 11-15 October)

A study of the five mass extinctions we have identified in our History of Life, and a discussion of our (present) sixth extinction.

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Fossil Studies (Term 4, Week 2, 18-22 October)

The formation of fossils, their different types, and how they are dated. Also, the process of Continental Drift discussed.

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Fossils in South Africa, and in Tourism (Term 4, Week3, 25-29 October)

Details of important fossil finds in South Africa, and the popularity of fossils for Tourists.

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Microscopes (Term 1, Week 5, 15-19 March)

The structure of a microscope, the names of its parts, how they work, and how to make a wet-mount on a slide.

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