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									Thomas Jefferson High School SCIENCE DEPARTMENT Richmond, Virginia 23230 (804) 780-6028 Advanced Placement Biology Mrs. Crystal L. Wood Phone Number: (804) 780-6028 Fax: (804) 780-6295 Class Location: Room 312 Website: http://www.mrswoodsworld.com E-mail : cwood2@richmond.k12.va.us or ibbiolady@gmail.com

INSTRUCTOR AVAILABILITY: After school assistance available Mon.- Thurs.2:05-3:30 pm. Conferences are also available by appointment. Tutoring- Thursdays 2:15-4:30 pm Course Overview This AP Biology course is designed to give students a college-level survey course. The most important difference between the AP course and the first biology course is that students must assume responsibility for their learning. While conference time is available and students are encouraged to seek help when necessary, students in AP courses are expected to be independent learners, studying the material in greater detail than in previous biology courses. Students are expected to understand the themes and concepts and to be able to support them with facts and critical thought. The general approach to this Biology class will be daily lectures with note taking and many hands-on laboratory experiences to exemplify the concepts. Labs will comprise 25% of the course work. There will be various independent study opportunities and rigorous assessments. The course has 8 recurrent themes that will integrated into daily instruction. AP Biology Themes: 1. Science as a process 2. Evolution 3. Energy Transfer 4. Continuity and Change 5. Relation of Structure and Function 6. Regulation 7. Interdependence in Nature 8. Science, Technology, and Society AP Biology will be taught on an AB block schedule, allowing adequate time for instruction and laboratory experiences. The class meets 2 to 3 times a week for approximately 85 minutes. Textbooks and Other Materials that will be used * If you like, you may purchase your own copy online. Textbook

Berg, Linda, Diana Martin, and Eldra Solomon. Biology. Brooks/ Cole Publishing Co. 7th edition (2006)

Supplemental Materials
Campbell, Neil A., and Jane B. Reece. Biology, Benjamin Cummings.7th edition (2005) Case Studies Waterman, Margaret, and Ethel Stanley. Biological Inquiry: A Workbook of Investigative Case Studies, Benjamin Cummings. (2005) Chemistry Manual Sackheim, George I., Introduction to Chemistry for Biology Students. Benjamin Cummings.8th edition (2006) Students will need: 3-Ring binder with 4 dividers Notebook Paper Planner Writing utensil (pen or pencil) Highlighter Colored Pencils Index Cards Black and white marble laboratory notebook Items that I recommend, but they are not required Post-it Page Flags An AP Biology Test Prep Book such as: Cliff Notes, Barron’s, Kaplan, or Spark Notes Edition

Classroom Policies 1. RESPECT your teacher, classmates, classroom environment, and YOURSELF at all times. 2. Abide by the Student Code of Conduct. 3. Follow proper lab safety procedures outlined in the safety contract. 4. Be on time to class and bring all needed materials everyday.

Attendance Policy Class attendance is a joint responsibility shared by the student, parent, or guardian and school personnel. Consistent class attendance is paramount to optimizing student success in all classes. A combination of 10 excused or unexcused absences places a student at risk for failing this class. The principal, teacher and/ or school nurse may request the parent/ guardian to provide verification from medical personnel for absences due to illness. Excused Absences- Assignments are due upon arrival back at school. In the case of major projects, students will need to present a doctor’s excuse, otherwise 20% will be deducted for each day it is late (even the days when the student does not have the class ie: odd days). Students will have one week to make up missed tests students are responsible for scheduling the make-up test. (with the exception of the Midterm and Final Exam; they must be made up by the conclusion of the marking day).Students will not receive class participation points for the days they are absent. For this class, your grade will be determined by: *Tests/Quizzes: 50% *Labs and Projects 30% *Classwork and Homework 20% Grades will be accessible on Teacher Ease with a user name and password.( http://www.teacherease.com)

Course Planner *Because of time constraints and the date of the AP Biology Exam the units actually overlap the quarters. Labs will be an on going process with a pre-lab assignment, actual laboratory experiment, and formal typed lab report. The process will last about 3 weeks. Quarter 1- Unit One – Topics: Molecules and Cells

Subject Chemistry of Life Cells Cellular Energetics Labs:

Readings Chapters 2-3 Chapters 4-5 Chapters 6-8

Themes 1, 2, 6, 7 1, 2, 5, 8 3, 5

AP Biology Labs Lab 1 Diffusion and Osmosis Lab 2 Enzyme Catalysis Lab 3 Mitosis and Meiosis Lab 4 Plant Pigment and Photosynthesis Lab 5 Cellular Respiration Other Labs “Lactase enzyme lab”- By Bert Wartski-This lab will examine the specificity of an enzyme (lactase) to a specific substrate (lactose). Students will observe the actions of the enzyme and how shape is important to enzyme reactions.

“Create a Membrane”- Students create a 3-D model of a cellular membrane including: proteins (integral, peripheral, and transport), cholesterol, carbohydrates, glycoproteins, glycolipids, and phospholipids. Projects: Cell Power Point- Students will create and present a powerpoint presentation about cells that should include how cells were discovered; the 3 parts of cell theory, the difference between prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells; cellular transport (active and passive); and a minimum 15 organelles (their location and function). Assessment: Individual Subject Test- Created by the teacher Free Response Test- Sample free response questions associated with the subjects from unit one. Unit One Test- Cumulative test associated with the subjects from unit one. Quarter 2- Unit Two – Topics: Heredity and Evolution Subject Heredity/ Molecular Genetics Readings Chapters 9-16 Themes 1, 4, 8

Evolutionary Biology Labs:

Chapters 17-21

1, 2

AP Biology Labs Lab 6 Molecular Biology Lab 7 Genetics of Drosophila Lab 8 Population Genetics and Evolution Other Labs “Berry Full of DNA”-by Diane Sweeney- Simple lab for the extraction of DNA from strawberries and other fruit. “Cloning Paper Plasmids”- by Patricia Colbert and Phillis Ubenhagen- This lab uses manipulatives to assist with student understanding of recombinant DNA and genetic engineering. Projects: Genealogy Project- Students will research their own genealogy in order to study how traits are passed down from generation to generation. They are responsible for a presentation about the process as well as a pedigree to show the results. Adaptations the assignment will be made for students with special circumstances. Gene Annotation- Students will learn how to annotate genes online and annotate a plant genome. After submission to Iowa State university, students will have the opportunity to contribute to a plant genome database. http://www.plantgdb.org/tutorial/annotatemodule/index.htm Assessment: Individual Subject Test- Created by the teacher Free Response Test- Sample free response questions associated with the subjects from unit two. Unit Two Test- Cumulative test associated with the subjects from unit two. Quarter 3- Unit Three – Topics: Organisms and Populations

Subject Diversity of Organisms Structure and Function of Plants and Animals Ecology Labs:

Readings Chapters 22-25 Chapters 26-27, 31-36, 2830, 37-50 Chapters 51-55

Themes 1, 2, 8 1, 3, 5, 7 1, 3, 5, 7, 8

AP Biology Labs Lab 9 Transpiration Lab 10 Physiology of the Circulatory System Lab 11 Animal Behavior Lab 12 Dissolved Oxygen and Aquatic Primary Productivity

Other Labs “Seed Germination”- by Dr. Stephen G. Saupe- A simple lab teaching the process of scientific inquiry by studying factors affecting germination of lentil seeds. “Dichotomous Key”- During a nature hike students collect samples of plants, then construct their own dichotomous key to identify the sample. Projects: Ecology Project-Students assess a current ecological issue caused by humans and write a composition summarizing the incident, stating their feelings about it, and what can be done to rectify the situation according to our current knowledge and technology. Animal Documentary- Students use information about an animal such as its classification, evolution, ecosystem, interdependence of life, impact of humans, and behavior to craft an informational documentary. This project brings together elements of art, technology, and scientific thought. Assessment: Individual Subject Test- Created by the teacher Free Response Test- Sample free response questions associated with the subjects from unit three. Unit Three Test- Cumulative test associated with the subjects from unit three. Practice AP Biology Exam

Quarter 4- Unit Four – Topic: AP Biology Review
Subject Review Labs: AP Biology Labs Review Labs 1-12 – Review all lab objectives and repeat procedures Projects: AP Recruitment or Review Video- Students will be divided into groups some groups will make recruitment videos for Pre-AP classes about the merits and experiences of AP Biology. The remaining students will Review important concepts, labs, and diagrams for future AP Bio classes. Assessment: AP Biology Exam- College Board- May 11, 8am AP Biology Final Exam- Cumulative test for the course Readings Review Chapters 1-55 Themes 1-8


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