Your first high school science class will be a bit different from past experiences. You'll be expected to think and act as a scientist. Memorization will be a minor component of this course. You'll be asked to analyze, to question, and to conduct labs which don't have a pre-determined answer. This is the course that can change your life.
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.
WELCOME TO AP BIO!!
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!