Welcome to the Fall 2018 AP Biology Class!

 

Be sure to start off on the ‘right foot’ and pick up your summer assignments on time. The next step it to email Ms. Koziol at skoziol@dsdhs.com as instructed on the PINK sheet you picked up with your packet. Be certain to do this well before the due date, as I will be sending you registration link for the website. It is imperative that you are able to access class content on the      website and you MUST have an account to do so!

 

Sunflowers – By June 1, I hope to be distributing the sunflower seeds. Listen for announcements! A video link is to the right of this post regarding the planting of the sunflower! Stop by Room 215 with any questions.                                      Looking forward to a GREAT year!         Ms. Koziol

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