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					Name _____________________________                                              Period _________
AP Biology                                                                      Date ____________

               AP BIOLOGY FINAL PROJECT 2011: Choose ONE of these

                                 OPTION 1: (Individual or Pairs)

One way to truly learn a subject is to teach it to someone who knows nothing about the
topic. This first requires you to closely exam the subject and distill it down to its important
concepts and then you need to develop simple ways to explain those concepts —
maybe metaphors, analogies or simple models.
With this in consideration, you are given this year‘s AP Biology Final Project

1. Choose one concept or topic in biology and develop a children‘s book teaching young
children about that topic. Your target audience should be from kindergarten to third
2. The book needs to include both words and illustrations.
        a. You may use humor.
        b. Think about how to make your topic interesting to kids.
        c. You may use a variety of media: drawings, photos, cartoons, paint, crayons,
        d. Look at the examples in the classroom to see successful children‘s books that
        interweave biology into a good story. (Think: Eric Carle,
3. You may work singly or in pairs. (DO NOT EVEN THINK ABOUT ASKING ABOUT

  There are four projects described in this section. You must select one of the first two
 (postage stamp or wanted poster) AND one from the second two (poetry/art or movie

                            Disease Organism Wanted Poster
Using the format below, write a description to be placed in the U.S. Post Office (or on a
telephone pole!), of a disease organism and the disease it causes. (up to 40 points)

                                 (ILLUSTRATION GOES HERE)
 NAME:                  Bordetella pertussis
 ALIAS:                 "Whooping Cough" or Hemophilus pertussis
 PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Non-motile. Gram negative rod. Non-spore forming. Aerobic. 0.3 micron in
                        diameter and 1 micron long.
 MODUS OPERANDI:        Interferes with action of cilia in trachea and bronchial tube. Accumulation of
                        mucus from lack of ciliary movement causes coughing.
 PRECAUTIONS:           Transmitted by contact with infected mucus or air-borne droplets.
 KNOWN ASSOCIATES:      Various pneumonias.
 TREATMENT:             Bed-rest and isolation after infection along with gamma globulin injections for
                        non-immune individuals. PREVENTION is recommended by childhood
                        IMMUNIZATION rather than post-infection treatments.
 SUMMARY:               Whooping Cough is a criminal who should not be a problem in today's
                        society. This dastardly killer inflicted a reign of terror until the development of
                        a vaccination to the disease. All children should be vaccinated against this
                        scourge. Bordetella pertussis should be considered armed and dangerous.
Name _____________________________                                               Period _________
AP Biology                                                                       Date ____________

You should include at least one picture of the disease organism. You may include one picture of a victim of
the disease. List your source(s) of information in the form of a BIBLIOGRAPHY as given below. Obviously,
your references should be MUCH more recent than those in the sample.
                                      Maximum size: 23x30cm (9 x 12‖)
Bauer, W. W., Editor, Today's Health Guide. American Medical Association. U.S.A. 1965.
Lonert, A. C., Turtox Bacteriology Booklet. General Biological Supply House. Chicago, Il. 1968.
Thomas, Clayton, MD., Editor, Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary. F.A. Davis Company. Philadelphia,
         Pa. 1973.

Endangered Species Postage Stamp
Select an endangered species of animal or plant. Then
Part 1: Report
        Find the following information about     Find the following information about
        your animal:                             your plant:
 1      What is its scientific name?             What is its scientific name?
 2        List the entire classification of your            List the entire classification of your
          animal (kingdom to species).                      plant (kingdom to species).
 3        What habitat or biome does it live in?            What habitat or biome does it live in?
 4        Where in the world is it located?                 Where in the world is it located?
 5        How many are there in the world?                  How many are there in the world?
 6        How did it become endangered,                     How did it become endangered,
          threatened? Explain.                              threatened? Explain.
 7        What does it eat? at it? Draw a food              What special nutrient requirements
          chain or web.                                     does it have? Draw a food chain or
                                                            web from its native environment.
 8        Describe its physical characteristics,            Describe its physical characteristics,
          size weight, markings etc.                        size colors, flowers, etc.
 9        Describe some of its major behavioral             Describe some of its major
          characteristics or adaptations.                   characteristics or adaptations.
 10       Discuss the young, including care of,             Discuss pollination, the seeds, and
          training, birth, etc.                             how seeds are dispersed.
 11       Why did you choose this animal?                   Why did you choose this plant?

Part 2: Postage Stamp Drawing - Design a stamp to celebrate your animal or plant.
      1. Drawing/Making of your animal (you must draw it or make it out of paper, no
         pictures from internet/magazines pasted on) This must be done in color.
         Maximum size: 23x30cm (9 x 12‖)
      2. Include the Postage
      3. Scientific name (Genus species)
      4. Must look like a stamp
      5. Include a short cool saying about your animal or plant to make people want to
         buy the stamp.
Name _____________________________                            Period _________
AP Biology                                                    Date ____________

   6. List your source(s) of information in the form of a BIBLIOGRAPHY as shown in
      the Wanted Poster example. Obviously, your references should be MUCH more
      recent than those in the sample.
   7. Attach your report to the back of your stamp.

Endangered Species List (Animals only) – Use for both Stamp and Poetry/Art
Amsterdam Albatross       Diomedia amsterdamensis
American alligator                Alligator mississippiensis
Tibetan Antelope                  Pantholops hodgsonii
Giant Armadillo                   Priodontes maximus
Desert Bandicoot                  Perameles bouganville
Gray Bat                          Myotis grisescens
Mariana Fruit Bat                 Pteropus mariannus
American Black Bear       Ursus americanus
Grizzly Bear                      Ursus artos horribilis
Cheetah                           Acinonyx jubatus
Chimpanzee                        Pan troglodytes
California Condor                 Gymnogyps californianus
Whooping Crane                    Grus Americana
American Crocodile                Crocodylus acutus
Snail Darter                      Percina tanasi
African Elephant                  Loxodonta Africana
Gorilla                   Gorilla gorilla
Przewalski‘s Horse                Equus przewalskii
Koala                             Phascolarctos cinereus
Leopard                           Panthera pardus
Komodo Dragon                     Varanus komodoensis
Spider Monkey                     Ateles geoffroyi
Orangutan                         Pongo pygmaeus
Arabian Oryx                      Oryx leucoryx
Spotted Owl                       Strix occidentalis
Giant Panda                       Ailuropoda melanoleuca
Prairie Dog                       Cynomys mexicanus
Puma                              Felis concolor
Black Rhinoceros                  Diceros bicornis
Chinook Salmon                    Oncorhynchus tshawytscha
Green Sea Turtle                  Chelonia mydas
Bighorn Sheep                     Ovis canadensis
Asian Tapir                       Tapirus indicus
Tasmanian Tiger                   Thylacinus cynocephalus
Desert Tortoise                   Gopherus agassizii
Wallaby                           Onychogalea
Blue Whale                        Balaenoptera musculus
Humpback Whale                    Megaptera novaeangliae
Gray Wolf                         Canis lupus
Wild Yak                          Bos mutus
Grevy‘s Zebra             Equus greyvi
Name _____________________________                                  Period _________
AP Biology                                                          Date ____________

                    Select one of the next two optional assignments
                              - CRANIAL CREATIONS -
                             Point Value: Up to 50 points
        Many people are concerned with the number of animals (and plants) that have
become extinct in the recent past, or are nearing extinction, due to the impact of man
on the environment. In this assignment you will have the choice of poetry or graphic
art to express your opinion on this issue.
YOUR TASK: Select one of the following options
1. Five HAIKU. Choose five DIFFERENT animals or plants. You may do all
   animals, but not all plants. THESE SHOULD BE SURROUNDED BY A COLLAGE
2. Four CINQUAIN. Choose FOUR DIFFERENT animals or plants. You may do all
   animals, but not all plants. THESE SHOULD BE SURROUNDED BY A
3. One QUATRAIN. Four stanzas minimum. Use the correct form for a quatrain!!
   This should be surrounded by a single picture or collage of the animals or plants
   you refer to in the poem. 40 point maximum.
4. One SONNET. Use the correct form for a sonnet!! This should be surrounded by
   a single picture or collage of the animals or plants you refer to in the poem. 40
   point maximum.
5. One original drawing or painting. No paint by number. This should have a
   theme clearly evident. The theme or title should be written on the back of the art.
   50 point maximum.
After making your selection, you are to produce either the poetry or the artwork you
have chosen with one of these themes
"________ IS GONE BECAUSE OF MAN'S ________." (Select an ANIMAL for the
first blank and the reason for its demise for the second blank.)
CONDOR?" (For you RAMBO followers.)
If you select the poetry, you must follow the composition rules for that type of poem.
(See your teacher for samples.) The poetry and collage should be mounted on
posterboard of 14x22 inch size.
The original artwork should be close to 14x22 inches in size, must be in an accepted
"art form," (NOT #2 PENCIL ON TYPING PAPER!) and must be on some form of "art"
paper. Sculpture is acceptable if PRIOR approval is given by your teacher.
Name _____________________________                                    Period _________
AP Biology                                                            Date ____________

In class on the day this assignment is due, you will do one of the following activities.
1. Hold up your drawing/painting/sculpture and explain it to the class. (60 second
   time limit.)
2. Read one or more of your poems. (90 second time limit.)

OPTION 3: Web Quest (pairs) Or Case Study

You will create an online web quest on a specific AP biology topic (your choice). Your
web quest should be a self-contained lesson that will lead the searcher to answers to
questions that you have devised. They will do this by navigating through web sites (via
hot links that you set up within your web quest) that you‘ve previewed and gathered data
from (this is where you found the questions to ask). A good web quest might include
activities, or links to ―interactive‖ sites. The end result of this web quest will be an in-
depth understanding of the topic by the searcher.
         Information on how to create a web quest can be found at

       Information on Case Studies can be found at:

OPTION 4: AP Biology ―promotional‖ or subject specific video (YOU MUST CHOOSE
ANOTHER OPTION AS WELL.) (A group of 3 to 4)

Create a video (5-10 minutes in length) that showcases the wonderful world of AP
biology. The intent is that we be able to use your video as a ―recruiting‖ tool for future AP
biology students, or to introduce AP biology at the next AP Night (so it needs to be
understandable to parents – no inside jokes, etc.). Creativity is a plus, but the video must
be firmly grounded in the reality that is AP biology. You could also choose a specific
topic that we covered this year and create a video lesson (perhaps it will be good
enough for the biology teachers to use!). Must have depth and detail, a written transcript
, and references.

OPTION 5: AHS Biodiversity Field Survey (Pairs) or Wildflower collection

Perform an in-depth, detailed survey of all plants or animals living on the AHS campus.
You will be expected to correctly identify each specimen with both its common and
scientific name, and detail where it was found (location and habitat: ex. dry, hard packed
soil by the 700 bldg., boggy area at bottom of moat, etc.). You will also need to group all
specimens in some logical fashion (by organism type, by habitat, etc.). If you can not
collect an actual specimen (insects and plants are easy, birds and mammals are not), you
must provide a picture of the organism (photograph that you’ve taken, picture from a
book, etc.) so that we all know what you’re talking about. You may generate an album of
your collection.
Name _____________________________                                    Period _________
AP Biology                                                            Date ____________

How to make a wild flower collection:

Sources of Native Wildlife:
This is just a sampling of websites to help get you started – make sure it is a reliable

OPTION 6: Research Paper, choose one: 1) Stem Cells, or 2) Antibiotic Resistant
Microbes (no partners) You may choose another current topic, but you must have
it approved.

This paper should cover the 1) history of stem cell research, with a focus on the current
ethical debate; 2) history of the development of antibiotic resistance in bacteria, with a
focus on why this is such a growing concern today. You will need to provide an
extensive (include books, magazines, websites, etc.) bibliography, along with useful links
to websites that can provide additional information. The paper should be heavily
footnoted (I need to know exactly where the information came from). Since you‘re doing
this for AP biology, I expect to see a sophisticated understanding of the biology of the
topic demonstrated. The paper must be a minimum of ten pages in length. Any
evidence of plagiarism will result in a grade of zero. USE APA format – Perdue Has an
awesome site!

OPTION 7:An examination of a mythological creature (pair)

Mermaids are imaginary organisms that combine the bodies of two very different critters.
In reality, this would cause many biological difficulties: different digestive systems, two
hearts, different circulatory systems, gills and lungs, etc. You would need to solve the
system duplication and incompatibility issues. You must provide detailed drawings of the
creature in question and your proposed internal organ arrangement – how did you make
everything work correctly? You must also provide a detailed written explanation of the
biological difficulties encountered and specifically how you solved them, so that the
creature would be able to function as myths tell us they do.

OPTION 8: HUMAN BODY SYETEM MOVIE POSTER (or other biology topic!)
You are required to produce a movie poster based on one human body system or
another topic we studied in AP Biology. This poster must at least resemble the style and
flair of an advertisement that you see at the local multiplex theater. You have complete
artistic and creative license on this project.
Name _____________________________                                Period _________
AP Biology                                                        Date ____________

   1. There are eleven (11, count ‗em) human body systems, and a myriad (look it up!)
      of other topics from which to choose for this assignment. While you may select
      any body system or topic, remember that if you are the only one choosing a
      particular system/topic, you poster will be the best! However, if 10 people are
      doing that system/topic, while you still have potential of being ―best,‖ you have 9
      other places your poster might rank—think about it!
   2. This poster is to be no larger than 17” x 22”, but may be as small as 8.5‖ x 11‖
      (the preferred size).It must be colorful and engaging. You must integrate some
      research with an appropriate citation on the back of the poster. Make the poster
      professional looking and exciting!
   3. You could opt to produce a teaser/trailer on video/DVD in lieu or the poster,
      if you so wish. This would have the same value as the poster and should
      meet all the creative criteria above.
   4. The poster can be in ANY media: drawn, collage, computer generated,
      photographic, painted, etc, etc, etc. Be creative and have fun doing this.
      However, if you do use non-original art, you must cite the source or you will
   5. The poster should be "finished"—it must be mounted on poster board or
      produced on fairly heavy paper stock (e.g. construction paper).
   6. Your name, the class period, must be on the back of the poster along with your
      reference citations.
   7. The POSTER is due on: ____________
   9. This assignment is worth points. Take it seriously.
   10. On the back of your poster, answer the following questions.
        A. What is the function of your system? Include a picture.
        B. What are some important parts of your system? Pictures.
        C. How does your system work? A general overview
        D. How does your system work with other systems in the body to maintain
        E. What are some common diseases and disorders of your system?
        F. Fun Facts! Any interesting or weird info about your system that you would
            like to share. Pictures would be nice.
        G. Works cited- List the sites and books where you got your info. You need at
            least 2 (The textbook can be one).

                                   Option 9: Other

If you have another idea for a project that is not listed, discuss with me. It may be
a group project or individual project. It must do something with biology and does
     not have to be a topic we discussed in class. It could be a current event,
 something that you want to learn more about, or something else biology related.
             Project detail must be that takes the two weeks required.
Name _____________________________                            Period _________
AP Biology                                                    Date ____________


                    Topic Focus:___________________________

                                 Project Schedule 2011
            Task                        Due Date              Teacher Check
Choose Topic/assignment:                  May 11
Progress 1:                               May 17
Background research,
sources, and outline of
Information: (book storyboard)
Progress Check 2 :                        May 19
Project Coming Together
Assignment Complete :                    May 23
Presentations :                       May 25/26 / 27

           Task                            Value                 Grade
Topic Chosen (on time)                      10
Outline Check                               10
Progress Check                              10
Assignment Complete:                                   (70)     ________
                   On Time                   10
    Accuracy of Information                  20
            Quality of Work                  20
                  Creativity                 20
                     TOTAL                  100

If applicable, list your partner or group members.




Please print this sheet and keep it with your project! This is
your grade sheet.

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