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The science practices covered by each lab are listed in this document. These practices are: The Seven Science Practices 1. The student can use representations and models to communicate scientific phenomena and solve scientific problems. 2. The student can use mathematics appropriately. 3. The student can engage in scientific questioning to extend thinking or to guide investigations within the context of the AP course. 4. The student can plan and implement data collection strategies appropriate to a particular scientific question. 5. The student can perform data analysis and evaluation of evidence. 6. The student can work with scientific explanations and theories. 7. The student is able to connect and relate knowledge across various scales, concepts and representations in and across domains. Units of Instruction The course content has been divided into eight instructional units. An attempt has been made to “chunk” chapters into related units. Four units will be presented each semester. The Four Big Ideas will be interwoven within the units. A correlation of these units with the Essential Understandings is given in tables at the end of this document. Unit 1 – Introduction and Biochemistry 1 – Introduction to AP Biology 2 – Chemistry of Life (self-study and recap in class) 3 – Water 4 – Carbon and Molecular Diversity 5 - Macromolecules Suggested Labs Introduction to Inquiry Labs, Graphing Animal behavior Macromolecules – testing and model making Essay Writing, Rubric Setting and Practice Grading Unit 2 – Cells and Cell Cycle 7 – Membrane Structure and Function 6 – Tour of a Cell 12 – Cell Cycle 44 – Osmoregulation and Excretion (self-study) Suggested Labs Surface area and cell size Cell observations with a Microscope Osmosis – dialysis tubing, potatoes Mitosis Unit 3 – Cellular Energy 8 – Introduction to Metabolism 9 – Cellular Respiration Suggested Labs Enzymes Respiration – pea respiration
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10 – Photosynthesis Photosynthesis – computer probe lab Unit 4 – Organism Form and Function 11 – Cell Communication 45 – Hormones and the Endocrine System 48 – Neurons, Synapses and Signaling 43 – Immune System 40 – Basic Principles of Animal Form and Function (self-study) Suggested Labs Cell Communication – simulation or website investigation Hormones – project (Endocrine diseases) Nerve signaling – simulation or website investigation Unit 5 – Genetic Basis of Life 13 – Meiosis and Sexual Life Cycles 14 – Mendel and the Gene Idea 15 – Chromosome Basis of Inheritance 21 – Genomes and their Evolution Suggested Labs Meiosis simulation Fast Plant – who’s the daddy? M&M chi-squared activity Fruit Fly Genetics simulation, Chi Square test on Genetic Corn Human Genetic Diseases – project Unit 6 – Gene Activity and Biotechnology 16 – Molecular Basis of Heredity 17 – From Gene to Protein 18 – Regulation of Gene Expression 20 – Biotechnology 19 – Viruses (self-study) Suggested Labs Transformation using pGLO Restriction Enzymes and Gel Electrophoresis Virus brochure Unit 7 – Evolution and Phylogeny 22 – Descent with Modification: Darwin 23 – Evolution of Populations 24 – Origin of Species
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