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Brenda Royal

September 20-24- Everything is still on TEAMS.
Anatomy & Physiology:
     September 20/21 - Integumentary Assessment- In class
     September 22/23- Structure of Bone; Learning 206 bones
     September 24- Review Bone; Online Quiz
AP Biology
      September 20/21- Practice FRQ; Finish Step in Speciation
                                    Foraminfera Evidence of Extinction (In TEAMS)
     September 22/23 - Origins of Life; practice FRQ
     September 24 - Review for Unit Test; practice FRQ
  Anatomy & Physiology:
     September 13/14- Test on Histology; Start Integumentary System - materials on TEAMS
     September 15/16-Skin Notes, "The Biology of Skin Color" - linked in TEAMS
     September 17- Wrap up Integumentary System
    AP Biology:
     September 13/14- Wrap up BLAST Lab & Evolution of Chocolate; practice FRQ
                                    Unit 7 CED Packet
      September 15/16 - Extinction, Speciation, Origins of LIfe: 7.10-7.13
       September 17- Finish Up Unit 17.  Prepare for a Unit 7 Test September 27-28
August 30-September 3:
  If you have questions about anything we're doing in class, always remember to check TEAMS and it's usually posted in the general channel for you.  If there are videos, they are usually linked in the LINKS channel and the materials to accompany them are in Files/Class Materials/Unit 7.  
          Monday/Tuesday - August 30/31 - Ask any questions you need to ask about natural selection.  We will access the CED-Curriculum and Exam Description, Unit 7- so you can look directly at the gray boxes that show you where the content is found.  There's actually very little content on the AP Test.  If you need to review your Natural Selection content, pull out that big text, pages 465-549, and you will find it all there- usually in more detail than you'll need. 
         We'll look at Hardy-Weinberg Equilibrium and work some practice problems to help you understand how to apply the equation. The link to the practice problems is in the LINKS channel, as are several videos from Bozeman Biology to help with your understanding of Hardy Weinberg. We'll work through the Hardy-Weinberg guide that accompanies the rock pocket mouse video, as well.
      Wednesday/Thursday- September 1/2 - Continuing Hardy-Weinberg Practice and examining sources of change in the genome that can lead to natural selection.  Be comfortable with the terms bottleneck effect and mutation.  Be able to differentiate genetic drift from gene flow.  
        Friday, September 3 - Phylogenetics & Cladograms - We'll look at how to construct and understand Phylogenetic Trees.  Materials are in both LINKS and CLASS MATERIALS.
  Enjoy your 3-day weekend!  
End of August Updates:
We're three weeks into the year, and we're going to keep plowing through AP Biology and A&P, even when the key word seems to be "uncertainty".  There's nothing uncertain about our curriculum, our expectations from College Board, and your ability to master the material.
  If you're absent, check TEAMS.  Everything we do in class will be mirrored in your class TEAM.  If anything is unclear, shoot me an Email.
AP BIO:  Friday, August 27th will be a catch-up day.  You should be wrapping up or have already turned in:
     Palm Width Lab
     Pillbug Lab Video with your lab partner
     Finch Video Viewing Guide
     Finch Beak Data Analysis
     Beaks as Tools- Lab Data with colleagues (will be finished up Friday)
     AP CLASSROOM VIDEOS 7.1-7.3 and the accompanying review questions
A&P: We're wrapping up Chapter 2 and "A Can of Bull" - investigation of energy drinks. Chapter 3 will be a review of cell biology, but you'll finally get a chance to use microscopes in the histology unit. The test is graded but a handful of people still need to take it when they return.  We'll make sure everybody has a chance for that.  Grades are posted, and you'll be able to evaluate your performance when I return it.
         The beginning of every school year is still exciting, even after 35 years of teaching.  It's a clean slate for every student and every teacher.  I'm so excited to share this year back together with you.  Even as I type this I have a mask hanging on my ear.  Of course, as a scientist, I trust the science and I am vaccinated, but I also know the Delta variant carries a whole host of unknowns.  Please return to school safely.  We'll have lots of hand sanitizer and wipes and disinfectant, but we'll all be back together.  I hope you're doing everything you can to stay healthy.  
   Whether you're in AP Biology or A&P, the expectations are simple.  Try.  Ask questions.  Have integrity.  If you can't finish an assignment on time, talk to me.  Generally late work gets a 10% penalty per day, never dropping below 50% of total value, but I understand that life happens, and sometimes life trumps school.  I am old, I am not heartless.  Do your best work, and if you're struggling, let me know how I can help.  
  With very few exceptions, the content of AP Biology was covered in Bio I.  AP Biology is unique in the application of six major science practices.  You'll be asked to graph lots of data and analyze data.  You'll be asked to use that data to make predictions and justify your predictions.  We will be engaged in gathering data weekly in lab.  The AP Curriculum and Exam Description is no secret, and you are welcome to access it at any time:
  We will start with a week of statistics and then we'll launch into Unit 7.
   Your textbook is a resource for reading at home.  You will not be required to bring it to class.  We will be immersed in other activities at school. 

   This course was just introduced last year at the request of AP Biology students who were looking for another biological science to pursue before college.  This is a full year class, crammed into one semester, and the second semester will be Emerging Infectious Diseases, a separate curriculum.  This course was advised for students who had completed AP Biology because we plan to build upon the coursework of AP Biology and move at a quick clip to introduce you to the 11 major body systems. Make sure you have had advanced Biomed classes or AP Biology before diving into this course.
    The textbook IS an in-class resource, so it should come to class with you, even though we will have many class-based activities.