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					                                       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.
      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
          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
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
                 Proteins                                with 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
                 Cell parts and                           Microscope Lab.
            function                                          Cell edible
                 Membrane                                 model (2-D).
                 Transport                                   AP Lab 1:
                 Communication                            Diffusion and
                                                           Osmosis (Formal).
                                                              Cell size using
                                                           math cube as
                                                           model.
Three   4              DNA               Read and             DNA
Week                                  complete study       extraction from
                 Structure and      guides for: 17, 18,   cheek cell Lab.
            function                       19, 20             DNA Model.
                 Transcription                               AP Lab 6:
                 Translation                              Molecular
                 Virus                                    Genetics (Formal).
                 Bacteria                                    Genetic Ethics
                 Genetic                                  Research and
            Engineering                                    Presentation.
                 Biotechnologies
                 Ethics
Two     5   Cellular Respiration         Read and             AP Lab 4A:
Weeks           and Photosynthesis    complete study       Plant Pigment
                                     guides for: 9, 10     Chromatography
                 Cycles and steps                         (Formal).
            for each                                          AP Lab 4B:
                                                           Photosynthesis
                                                             (The light
                                                             Reaction)(Formal).
                                                                AP Biology
                                                             Lab5: Cell
                                                             Respiration
                                                             (Formal).


  Two       6       Cell Division          Read and             AP Lab 3:
 Weeks                                  complete study       Mitosis and
                   Mitosis            guides for: 12, 13    Meiosis (Formal).
                   Meiosis                                     Evolution
                                                             paper timeline.
                                                                Soladaria Lab.
  Two       7         Genetics             Read and             AP Lab 7:
 Weeks                                  complete study       Genetics of
                   Monohybrid           guides for: 14      Organisms
                crosses                                      (Formal).
                   Dihybrid crosses
                   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
                  Relationships      guides for: 27, 28,   (Formal).
                                     29, 30, 31, 32, 33,      Prokaryotic
             Introduction to:                34            Diversity Lab.
                 Prokaryotes                                 Moss, fern
                 Protists                                 (sori),
             - Endosymbiosis                               gymnosperm
                 Plants                                   (cones)
             - Evolution of                                angiosperm
             vascular tissue                               (flowers)
                 Fungi                                    Introduction Lab.
                 Animals
Two     10            Plants             Read and             AP Lab 9:
Weeks                                 complete study       Transpiration Lab
                 Transport             guides for:        (Formal).
                 Behavior of        35, 36, 37, 38, 39       Celery Lab:
             Plants                                        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
                   Sense Organs                           Dissection Lab.
                                                              Tobacco Worm
                                                           Dissection Lab.
                                                              Senses Lab.
3 Weeks   A            Review             Review Unit     Labs chosen
                                       objectives and      according to areas
                   Overview review    goals               of need.
              of each unit                Complete Unit
                   Short labs for     review Packets
              review
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

				
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