Welcome to AP Biology. If you are reading this, then you are taking the right steps to start things off. There is a lot of important information contained in this post, so make sure that you read everything very carefully and reach out to myself or Ms Abdrabbah if you have questions. The first link here is the overview of the course from the College Board. This website lays out the guidelines for the material to be covered in the course and on the AP Biology Exam in May of 2018. Also linked below is the Summer Assignment Breakdown Handout that you were given when you came to AP Night or when you picked up your books. This document also outlines the extra credit opportunity for the summer. Chose any 3 of the 15 activities described in the list and bring sufficient evidence of their completion on the first day of school for 5 points extra credit on your first test. The first test is usually the “Come to *insert deity* moment” for students who are coming to terms with committing to an AP class, so those points could come in handy.
AP Biology Summer Assignment Breakdown
Course Overview from College Board
Study habits and strategies to think about….
The course that you are about to begin will be a lot of work on a consistent basis throughout the year. Using effective study strategies and good time management can reduce the stress of a consistently heavy workload and make your learning more effective. You are ultimately responsible for developing an understanding of the material in AP Biology. Understanding yourself and gauging your strategies is useful when you’re planning your time. I suggest seeing how you score on this self assessment. It is comprised of key indicators gathered from previous AP Bio students. Read the passage at the bottom.
Your Inner Fish discussions will take place on the iLearn. General updates will appear on the iBlog. Short or last minute reminders will g out on Remind.
Your Inner Fish iLearn Forum Assignment Information
The discussion forums for this assignment will be on iLearn. The due dates and corresponding readings are listed below. Specific posting and formatting instructions will be posted with each assigned posting. Make sure to read these each time we post. The link to the iLearn is posted above. The forum will be listed under “Your Inner Fish Summer Discussion”. There is a link to a pdf copy of Your Inner Fish posted below, however I suggest buying a copy to annotate.
PDF of “Your Inner Fish”
Posting windows will be one week long during the week preceding due dates listed below. The first posting window will open on the last day of school… however I suggest you take the rest of the day off.
- iLearn Post #1: What do you know about Evolution? Due: June 25
- iLearn Post #2: “Your Inner Fish” Ch 1-3 Due: July 17
- iLearn Post #3: “Your Inner Fish” Ch 4-7 Due: August 7
- iLearn Post #4: “Your Inner Fish” Ch 8-11 Due: Sept 5
Vocabulary and Science Practices Video Assignment Materials
Define the vocab words for each chapter laid out in the document below in your notebook\binder as the beautiful seed from which you will grow the flower of your extensive biological lexicon… go look that word up if you don’t know it. Watch the videos of each of the 7 Science Practices and complete the corresponding worksheet, also linked below. Bring these completed items to the first day of class.
Vocabulary/Science Practices Videos Worksheet (vocab & Science Practices worksheets included in this document)
AP Bio Science Practices YouTube Playlist -Bozeman