AP Biology is taught at the same level as a first-year college biology class. In this course, the student will develop a framework for biology and gain a deeper understanding of science as a process. Some of the major themes throughout this course include diversity of organisms, the structure and function of plants and animals, population dynamics, and global issues with ecology.
This course adheres closely to the College Board standards for AP Biology and will prepare the student to take the AP Biology Exam.
According to the College Board™, Collaboration is a vital component of this Advanced Placement® course. "Working in a truly collaborative manner to plan and execute experiments will help students learn oral communication skills and practice teamwork. Students must be encouraged to take individual responsibility for the success or failure of the collaboration." Since students will not have the opportunity to collaborate during experiments, we will use LiveLesson time to collaborate instead.
AP Biology LiveLessons will be held ~every other week, on Tuesdays, from 9:30am-10:30am. Check your planner for exact dates of our meetings.
In order to drive our collaborative time and make these sessions meaningful to students, each student must submit at least one topic for discussion at our LiveLessons. Topics are due the Sunday before each scheduled LiveLesson time.
Click >>HERE<< to access the form that will be used to submit topics/questions
LiveLessons will be worth 10 points each. The 2 lowest scores will be dropped at the end of the semester to allow for scheduling conflicts. Scores will be awarded as follows:
3 points for submitting a topic to the link above by the weekly deadline
3 points for attending the LiveLesson on time
Up to 4 points for contributing to the discussions and creating a collaborative environment that benefits all student learning
AP Biology Portfolios
This course does not currently utilize the class website for portfolio instructions.
Please refer to your Connexus lesson for portfolio instructions. You are encouraged to click to the submission page for each lesson to see if it is being required before you begin working on portfolios in the course. If the dropbox is closed/ unavailable, you can consider the preceding activity a PRACTICE activity. Take notes as needed, but no need to submit.
If you find that you are unable to complete a lab due to supplies, please contact your teacher immediately to discuss adjustments for the activity.