2019 Summer Work for AP Biology
Welcome to AP Biology! I am very happy that you have decided to take this course and embark upon what I believe will be a challenging and rewarding educational journey. Below is an outline and brief introduction to the work that is required for this class over the summer. This is not intended to be “busy work.” By completing these relatively small tasks each week (i.e. NOT the week before you return to school), you will perform a lot of review of concepts you learned in earlier science classes, practice skills that we will be using throughout the year, discover resources that will help you throughout the course, and be better prepared and more confident to begin the school year. I want you to understand that I, like you, enjoy summer break, so find a good balance between work and play!
First Steps for the Summer:
- IMMEDIATELY: Sign up for AP Biology Google Classroom (code 27a2ys). To help you balance work and play over the summer, there will be periodic announcements on this Google Classroom.
- During the first week of summer break: Print off and review the summer work linked below. Make a schedule to pace yourself so that you finish without stress!
- To supplement the textbook you will receive in the fall, there are LOTS of AP Biology videos online on every topic. I will post links to a few good series on Google Classroom for you to preview - some are weird, some are funny, some are serious - choose whichever suits your style best and go to those throughout the summer and next year to review or clarify concepts.
AP Biology is a challenging field of study. Unlike some college courses, it is impossible to simply memorize the information or cram in some study the night before an exam – you must have enough mastery of each concept to be able to apply it in completely new and unexpected situations using scientific practices. A good percent of our class time will be spent doing hands-on laboratory investigations. This is a full-year course that is the equivalent of two semesters of an introductory college course in biology. Therefore I expect college level work habits from my students. The AP Biology exam will be held in the morning on Monday, May 11, 2020, therefore class time is very precious. We will use half of April reviewing for the exam. This leaves us with about 6 months, including breaks and holidays, to prepare for the AP Exam. It is imperative that we use our time as efficiently as possible.
The major biology topics we will be covering this year are:
- Chemistry of Life
- Cell Structure and Function
- Cell Energetics
- Cell Communication & Cell Cycle
- Gene Expression & Regulation
- Natural Selection
In addition, these are the skills that we will practice throughout the year:
- Explain biological concepts, processes, and models presented in written form.
- Analyze visual representations of biological concepts and processes.
- Determine scientific questions and methods.
- Represent and describe data.
- Perform statistical tests and mathematical calculations to analyze and interpret data.
- Develop and justify scientific arguments using evidence.
I look forward to our year together!