2017
08/17

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Last iLearn Post of the Summer… and a word on why.

On Why.

Hi everyone, so the final post of the summer is up on iLearn. I apologize for the delay. I would like to take a moment to talk about why we are reading this book in preparation for the year. The real reason that I like to have students read these popular science books before class is because they are rich with content and connections that we will never get to in the regular course of the class. There are things that you are reading about that you will not find to be significant or you may not even understand until you are in the middle of learning about it in class this year. These connections will not be confined to your Evolution unit. You will be making connections to this reading all year long, and I promise you that it will greatly help with your retention of the material. This is because as the material is pouring in throughout the year, you will have a context in which to place it, and background knowledge to anchor it in. The research on how people learn new things overwhelmingly supports this idea. You will have “Ah Ha!” moments in class where you will see a connection that you never saw before, but that seems obvious to you when it finally presents itself. This is why we are reading this book over the summer.

Links and Due Dates.

HERE is a link to the iLearn post #3. Get this done some time before the first day of school. Don’t forget to comment on 1 other person’s thread. Expect that the last few chapters be discussed during the first week or 2 of school.

2017
07/19

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Troubleshooting iLearn Issues

Hey guys, so I’ve been getting acouple emails about people having trouble posting on iLearn for the second post. I’ve wiped out all of the settings and recreated the discussion thread. If you’re still having trouble, make sure that you’ve clicked “Enroll” to enroll in the class as a student. Try refreshing the page. The settings are set so that students can create discussion posts and reply to other posts. If you are still getting a message that says you do not have permission then TAKE A SCREENSHOT and send it to me.

Stay in touch and keep enjoying your summer!

2017
07/16

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Post #2: Similarities and Their Importance…. Updates/Apologies =)

Hey guys, so much to my dismay I went to look at all of your beautiful posts today and saw that I had a bunch of emails and the post was not even up on iLearn! I thought that I had the post programmed to come online automatically a week ago. Evidently I made a mistake in the settings. I apologize for this and any inconvenience or confusion it may have caused. Because of my mistake I’m going to push back the due date one week, so people have time to read through the posting instructions thoroughly and do their best work.

 This means that this post will be due on Monday July 24th at midnight.  The next postings will occur at their scheduled due dates. I will be sure to manually post them this time =)

2017
06/13

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AP Bio Summer Work 2017

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.

Communication….

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”

Due dates:

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

 

 

 

2017
05/04

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iLearn Quiz & Google Classroom Epigenetics Survey Homework

Hey guys,

iLearn Quiz

the iLearn Quiz is up on iLearn. Some people are saying that the figures aren’t showing up. I looked through the questions and they should be there. If a question asks you to refer to a figure that isn’t showing up, take a screenshot and send it to me so I can see if it’s something on my end that I need to change.

Don’t forget… You have to get 100% to pass. You get as many attempts as you need. iLearn will make you wait 5 minutes… use that time to study =)

Epigenetics Google Classroom Form

Head over to Google Classroom and complete the survey that is posted on the feed. Make sure that you submit the Google Assignment when you’re finished so it shows up as completed. Links are provided in the questions.

The videos are short, but informative. Listen closely, take notes.

2017
05/03

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Genetics Chi-Squared Practice and Key

Hey guys, so punnet squares can be used to make predictions about offspring, but those are just hypothetical calculations. We need to check them against reality (real observed data). To do this, we use the Chi-Squared test, just like we did with the Pill Bug Animal Behavior lab.

HERE is a link to the practice worksheet

Here is a link to the KEY. Use  it wisely. 

Here is  link to the Chi-Squared Bozeman Video to refresh your memory.

2017
05/02

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Inheritance Practice Problems

I forgot to pass these out in class. HERE is a link to the practice problems for inheritance, there a likely to be some questions about these on the AP Exam, try a few of each type of problem and come to be with questions. I have hard copies available in the room if you would like to come and get a copy to write on, otherwise print them out and give them a shot.

2017
05/02

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Chapter 7 Reading- 7.1-7.4

Hey guys, so for tonight you guys need to read though sections 1-4 of chapter 7 in Principles of Life.

The videos on the YouTube Playlist which correspond to the chapter:

  • Cell Cycle, Mitosis & Meiosis
  • Mitosis & Meiosis Simulation
  • Genotypes and Phenotypes

If you’re going to slack and not read, at least watch the videos so you can fake it.

2017
05/01

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AP Bio Updates 5/1

Hey guys,

So just a reminder that you should read through chapter 8 in Principles of Life tonight. Tomorrow we’ll finish up with the basics of genetic inheritance, and get into the exceptions like linked genes and such.

HERE is a link to the genetics YouTube Playlist that I’ve put together for you.

The videos that correlate for chapter 8 will be:

  1. Mendelian Inheritance
  2. Advanced Genetics
  3. Mechanisms that Increase Genetic Variation

2017
04/20

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Bozeman Cellular Respiration Overview Video

Hey guys,

Sorry I had to miss today. Hopefully the section review questions you did in class today helped. We will still be having a quiz over Cellular Respiration tomorrow at the end of the day. In the meantime, I want you to watch THIS VIDEO by Bozeman Science that discusses all of the processes involved in respiration in one video. Take notes on your notetaker. HERE IS A LINK TO A MORE NEATLY FORMATTED VERSION OF THE NOTETAKER.  I also wantfd to share a video that goes into detail on Oxidative Phosphorylation in Cell Respiration. We’ve discussed eletron transport systems before in the Light Reactions of Photosynthesis, but this video should help if  you need to review this concept and get the specifics for Respiration as opposed to Photosynthesis. HERE is a link to the video on Oxidative Phosphorylation

Please don’t forget to use the materials available to you to review and study on your own. The YouTube Playlist is posted on the sidebar of this page. All of the videos from class and homework and more are on there. The PDQs are a great resources to check your understanding. All of the powerpoints are posted. HERE is a link to the Google Shared Drive that has all of these documents and more review materials.

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