Summer 2020 – AP BIOLOGY

Hi Everyone and welcome to our class!

If you are reading this you are probably a new AP Biology student for the school year of 2020-2021! I am very excited about meeting all of you in the fall and for the first time I don’t really mind if summer feels ‘short’!

To start...please be sure to complete all of the assignments located on the Google classroom for the summer. You are responsible for ALL of it and will have exams on both the Latin roots/morphemes and the graphing packet. The graph test is especially challenging.

During a normal summer you would also be reading 5 chapters (most centered on ecology) and doing Cornell notes for these. Instead of doing this it would HELP you if you check out our first powerpoints. These are located on this website and you must sign in to access them.

I hope that all of you have a nice summer and stay safe. Remember to PHYSICAL distance, wash your hands and wear your masks. The most recent date shows the largest increase in COVID-19 cases to be between the ages of 18-49. I know you are just a shade younger than this, but you must still take this seriously.

Check out the CDC website located here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-updates/cases-in-us.html

Email me with any questions you have throughout the summer.

Take care!

Ms. Koziol

p.s. This song comes to mind with all of the unrest in our country! Still so timely all of these years later! ūüôā

Despite it All!

March 23, 2020

Dear AP Biology students,

I am writing this update during a very uncertain time.  Please be certain to check in with the website as directed through my emails so that we can continue our journey towards college preparation. Although the format of the AP test is now different,  you should work hard to take on the challenge of the test! More to come about these changes later!

During this chaos, remember to try to take advantage of the little things that make life so wonderful including spending this time with your family. Although it doesn’t feel like that now, in just a few short months ‘this too, shall pass’ and you will be beginning your college journey! Many of you will live away from home and these last months that you have been given are part of the ‘silver lining’ in our stormy sky!

Thinking of you all,

Ms. Koziol

p.s. I hope that all of you are healthy and practicing appropriate social distancing at this time.

URGENT Changes needed NOW!

Please read the following!!! 15,000 Scientists issue warning regarding state of the global environment. This is the second warning (the first was about 25 years ago) regarding the loss of biodiversity and the impact of climate change on the planet.

Washington Post Article 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2017/11/13/thousands-of-scientists-issue-bleak-second-notice-to-humanity/?utm_term=.e514e34119db

Original Publication Below:

Ripple_et_al_warning_2017

New gene-editing technique may lead to treatment for thousands of diseases

Read this article to learn more about this exciting breakthrough! 

The Death of Bees Explained??

Honeybees are in serious decline, which is bad news for humans. These bees, as you know,  pollinate many of our crops, allowing us to enjoy a plentiful and varied diet.  The current decline is blamed on a phenomenon called Colony Collapse Disorder.  There are many explanations for CCD; significant research is being done to determine how to offset or stop this serious problem.

Please watch this 6 min video located to the right of this post on the front page of the class website. If the video is not accessible, you can use this link to access it by cutting/pasting the URL.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GqA42M4RtxE&feature=youtu.be

If you are interested in earning a 5 point bonus (to be used on a test of your choice) chose one of the reasons given in the video for the decline in honeybees and then research that reason. When you find a source that is interesting to you, read the entire article. Then, write a 100-150 word summary of the reading.  Type the URL (web address) on the bottom of the summary. Submit this to ME by emailing to my school email address no later then 8/23/2015.   I will NOT accept any submission beyond this date and will NOT accept it any other way.

Note: Please be CERTAIN to not share ideas or copy others work. Doing so, will disqualify you from ALL potential bonus assignments this year.