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  • 1. AP Biology Course Overview Advanced Placement Biology is a yearlong course that allows students to be exposed to college level material within high school. Classes are held five day’s a week for 55 minutes. One day per week classes are 45 minutes long. Students are also required to attend a Saturday session during fourth term to prepare for the exam. The overall topics in this course include: Ecology, Atoms and Molecules, DNA, Cells, DNA, Cellular Respiration and Photosynthesis, Cell Division, Genetics, Evolution, Diversity of Life, Plants, and Animals. Students complete several labs during each unit. Many labs require a formal lab write-up. Students are expected to complete summer work prior to September, read the textbook, complete chapter study guides, complete all labs, and exams. Each student receives a calendar with daily lecture or lab and homework assignments. Students are expected to complete vocabulary and answer study guide questions for each chapter. Students are also expected to answer and discuss chapter objectives as provided by Biology 5th Edition by Campbell. The study guide and objective questions provide opportunity for students to think about the over lapping themes: energy transfer, continuity and challenge, regulation, interdependence, and evolutionary significance of form and function. Course Textbook and other Resources • Biology 5th Edition by Campbell, Reese and Mitchell. Publisher: Benjamin Cummings. • CD Rom with Fifth edition “Biology” by Campbell and Reese.
  • 2. • Biology: Concepts and Connections 5th Edition by Campbell. Reece, Taylor, and Simon. Publisher: Benjamin Cummings. • AP Biology Flash Cards by Barrons • Five steps to a five on the Advanced Placement Examination: Biology by Anestis and Freedson • University of Minnesota Medical Lab Trip (heart/lungs, nervous system) • Wards AP Biology Lab Sets (12) with CD-Rom Course Grading • Exams/Quizzes/Homework 60 % o Multiple Choice o Matching o Short Answer o Essay o Lab Practical o Vocabulary o Chapter Questions o Unit Objective Questions o Projects • Labs 40 % o All Wards AP Biology Series Labs o All extension labs as assigned by teacher
  • 3. o Hands-on with specific directions o Hands-on Inquiry Classroom Components LECTURES (75 % of class time): During a typical week we spend several days in lecture. Lectures are presented using an LCD projector. Lecture outlines are given to each student to help them better organize classroom notes. Students are to complete 1-2 hours of homework each evening. They are to complete a study guide with multiple questions for each chapter. The study guide highlights various vocabulary term students should become familiar with. Students are encouraged to join study groups with class members. Questions are discussed in the classroom the following day. Students are expected to organize all work according to units of study. Students are to file all work in their Biology binder at the end of each unit. The binder in kept in the classroom and is used for review and is taken with them at the end of the year. LABS (25 % of class time): When not in lecture students will complete hands on labs. Students work individually or in small groups (2-4) to complete these labs. All formal labs are to be typed with data sheets, tables and or graphs attached. All students in AP science courses are to follow a district/school rubric adapted for individual content areas (Biology, Chemistry and Physics). Some labs are informally assessed. EXAMS: Students take final unit exams as well as short quizzes during longer units. Exams consist of both multiple choice questions and essay question from previous AP exams. When quizzes are given they consist of multiple choice, matching, and short answer questions. Students take a full-length exam prior to the AP College Board Exam; this is done on a weekend. Course Outline
  • 4. Length of UNIT TOPIC/S CHAPTER LAB/s and or Unit ASSIGNMENT PROJECT/s Summer 1 Ecology and Read and Individual and One Behavior complete study controlled plant lab Week guides for: 50, 51, (Formal). Interactions 52, 53, 54, 55 AP Lab 12: Individual and Dissolved oxygen Group Behaviors and temperature (Formal). AP Lab 11A: pill bug behavior (Formal). Two 2 Atoms and Read and Buffer Lab Weeks Molecules complete study (various guides for: 2, 3, 4, homogenates) Bond types 5, 6, (Formal). Water Molecular Carbohydrates Models. Lipids Enzyme Lab with Proteins apple, potato, Nucleic Acids chicken, liver Enzymes (heat/pH changes) (Formal). AP Lab 2: Enzyme Catalysis (Formal). Two 3 Cells Read and Prepared Weeks complete study Prokaryotic vs. Cell types guides for: 7, 8, 11 Eukaryotic
  • 5. Cell parts and Microscope Lab. function Cell edible model Membrane (2-D). Transport AP Lab 1: Communication Diffusion and Osmosis (Formal). Cell size using math cube as model. Three 4 DNA Read and DNA extraction Week complete study from cheek cell Structure and guides for: 17, 18, Lab. function 19, 20 DNA Model. Transcription AP Lab 6: Translation Molecular Virus Genetics (Formal). Bacteria Genetic Ethics Genetic Engineering Research and Biotechnologies Presentation. Ethics Two 5 Cellular Respiration Read and AP Lab 4A: Plant Weeks and Photosynthesis complete study Pigment guides for: 9, 10 Chromatography Cycles and steps for (Formal). each AP Lab 4B: Photosynthesis (The light Reaction)
  • 6. (Formal). AP Biology Lab5: Cell Respiration (Formal). Two 6 Cell Division Read and AP Lab 3: Mitosis Weeks complete study and Meiosis Mitosis guides for: 12, 13 (Formal). Meiosis Evolution paper timeline. Soladaria Lab. Two 7 Genetics Read and AP Lab 7: Weeks complete study Genetics of Monohybrid crosses guides for: 14 Organisms Dihybrid crosses (Formal). Pedigrees Karyotyping Winter 8 Evolution Read and AP Lab 8: Break and complete study Population Two Evidence guides for: 22, 23, Genetics and Weeks Mechanisms 24, 25, 26 Evolution (Formal). Evolution paper timeline. Fossil Lab (how are fossils made: casts and molds). Three 9 Diversity of Life Read and Bacteria (5) Weeks Evolutionary complete study Gram-staining Lab
  • 7. Relationships guides for: 27, 28, (Formal). 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, Prokaryotic Introduction to: 34 Diversity Lab. Prokaryotes Moss, fern (sori), Protists gymnosperm - Endosymbiosis (cones) Plants angiosperm - Evolution of (flowers) vascular tissue Introduction Lab. Fungi Animals Two 10 Plants Read and AP Lab 9: Weeks complete study Transpiration Lab Transport guides for: (Formal). Behavior of Plants 35, 36, 37, 38, 39 Celery Lab: Vascular tissue observation. Four 11 Animals Read and AP Lab 10A: Weeks complete study Blood Pressure Digestion guides for: 40, 41, Lab (Formal). Circulation 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, AP Lab10B: Gas Exchange 47, 48, 49 Fitness Test Immune Systems (Formal). Homeostasis AP Lab10C: Hormones Heart Rate and Reproduction Temperature Nerves (Formal). Muscles Sheep Brain
  • 8. Sense Organs Dissection Lab. Tobacco Worm Dissection Lab. SensesLab. 3 Weeks A Review Review Unit Labs chosen objectives and according to areas Overview review of goals of need. each unit Complete Unit Shortlabs for review review Packets 3 Weeks B Individual Project Complete individual project Controlled of student choice. experiment Must cover AP Research paper Theme or AP Lab. Children’s book Plant scavenger hunt Teach Elementary School students