Welcome AP Biology Students 2019-2020!

Welcome!

Summer assignments have changed for AP Biology this year. The College Board has redesigned the course and therefore our objectives have changed. This summer you will read a book, complete a graphing packet and study morphemes. Be prepared to take a test on morphemes the first week that we return to school (most likely on Friday). You will have a test on the graph material later in the month of September. The BOOKS assignment is lengthy – get started early by reading the book first. In addition to the requirements for summer, you may in fact be quizzed on this book during the year.

Textbook – WE are (hopefully) getting a new textbook this summer. When you return to school you will begin with  Cornell notes related to Ecology and basic chemistry/biochemistry.  Rest up, as you WILL read most of the book and take notes as well throughout the year.

There is no sunflower this year – we may grow sunflowers in the spring if time allows.

I am looking forward to a GREAT year with all of you and excited to meet you in the fall.

Best wishes for a wonderful summer!

Ms. Koziol

p.s. I will not be checking school email during the summer regularly until mid-August.

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.

Poaching Rhinos – Is there even a debate?

End of Year Assignment Offer – OPEN to ALL students.

Follow the link regarding the poaching of the rhinoceros! After carefully reading the article, create a chart that describes the roles of the various people involved in this horrible act. Be sure to include people involved in all sides of the controversy. After the chart, write a paragraph stating your answer to the question, “Is the poaching of the rhinoceros EVER justified?” Support your answer with at least two reasons based on what you read in the article, or read in a different source found elsewhere. If you are citing a different source, please make note of it at the bottom of your paper by writing in the last line, (Alternative source found at : ____________ )

Turn this article in by May 14th. If completely successfully, you may opt to drop a quiz grade from the 4th marking period.

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-32151983