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Brenda Royal, AP Biology

AP Bio AND Bio I
Students and parents!! Please read the safety rules at the following link.  Email or ask if any rules need clarification.  Print off and return the last signature page by August 24th. I'll have candy for anybody who has it on day one, August 8th!  (Sorry, dentists....)
Interesting articles to help you navigate science education this year:
The Value of Stupidity in Science: http://jcs.biologists.org/content/121/11/1771
"She Didn't Teach Us; We Had to Learn it Ourselves."
Biology I:
Monday, August 13:  Preparing the lab journal.  Identifying properties of life. Powerpoint in the files list, below the picture("01Life") -->
Tuesday, August 14: Viruses? Living or Non-living?
   Watch the Khan Academy on viruses, link below:
Wednesday/Thursday, August 15-16: Chemicals of life lab
Friday, August 17: Biochemistry, continued
AP Biology:
Monday, August 13: Five criteria for evolution & prepping the lab journal.
Tuesday, August 14: Data analysis- Finch beaks
Thursday, August 16: Isopod Behavior Lab. Read it before class and bring your roly-polies!
Friday, August 17: Wrap up finches; speciation and differentiation.
 "How to Write a Good Lab Report"
Wednesday, August 8: Introduction, rules, housekeeping:
Reading assignment:  
Thursday, August 9: First Day Activity
Friday, August 10: First Day Activity, complete.  
                                 Discussion: What makes a scientist?
  Powerpoint on Scientific Method:  -->   Check the "Files" column to access the powerpoint on scientific method.                
   Supplies:  The only requirement is a Graph Ruled Composition book, black-bound, 247 mm X 190 mm (9 3/4 inches X 7 1/2 inches).  I know it sounds picky, but the larger ones get beat-up, and the spiral ones fall apart.  These will go on sale at Staples right before school starts.  If you can't find one, I'll have a few available.
Animal Behavior Lab- for first block day!  Read it before you get here!! And bring roly-polies!
Wednesday, August 8: Introduction, textbooks, housekeeping
     Read: Chapter 1
Thursday, August 9: What Do I Remember?
      Start reading Chapter 22.  (Yes, 22, not 2)
Friday, August 10: The Statistics of Biology - https://i-biology.net/ict-in-ib-biology/statistical-analysis/
     No required summer work, HOWEVER, here are some excellent titles for understanding and appreciating the concepts we'll be hitting next year.   The library has many of these!!
    Sean B.  Carroll is an evolutionary biologist who writes so engagingly that you'll forget it's non-fiction!
    Some of his titles are:
          Into the Jungle - it's short and sweet!
          The Serengeti Rules - you'll find out where the word "homeostasis" came from!
          Endless Forms Most Beautiful
If you have a passion for protecting our planet:  Planet Eaarth by Bill McKibben will make your heart hurt a little... or a lot.  (And yes, it's spelled that way for a reason.)
     Ed Yong's "I Contain Multitudes" is a fascinating survey of how the microbes in our world make life on this planet roll on as it does.
  Here are some tips from this year's AP kids!
  "Don't procrastinate!  Actually spend 15 minutes a night.  Review your labs and ACTUALLY do them.  It makes life easier!"
                                                                                                                              - H.B .

  "Make sure to take good notes in class and review before the night before tests.  With studying, sources like Bozeman Biology and Crash Course will help a ton."                                                  - L.B.
 "Actually study for this class.  Hard.  I rarely if ever have to study for tests and quizzes, but if you don't study for this class 15 minutes a night like Ms. Royal says, everything's just gonna jumble up in your brain."  - T. M.
   " Do not do labs just to get a grade.  If you want to succeed you need to do them for knowledge and understanding."
                                                                                                                                                   - - C. T.
"Learn a topic when you first begin the chapter so that you can keep up in class. "
                                                                                          - D. W.
 You will be asked to sign a contract when the year begins.  UNDERSTAND UP FRONT, that you will be expected to take the AP Exam.  If you don't, you'll be expected to take the final exam for this course.    Taking an AP Course without taking the AP Exam is like running a race and stopping right before the finish line.  Sure, it's hard, but you're training for college!! And life!!
Finish what you start!  
  I'm excited about meeting you and getting started!  But have a great summer first!  I'll be reading the AP Exams in Kansas City!