AP Exam tips

Here are a few tips for both sections of the exam tomorrow
In general:
– Time management!  You have 90 minutes for each section, do not spend too much time on any one multiple choice question or on any one FRQ.  be sure to allow time to answer all parts of the exam

Multiple Choice:
– Read the question first instead of the stem (introduction information) to determine if you need to read through the stem to get information from it – some questions will not require reading the stem so reading it will reduce time on other questions
– Many questions can be correctly answered using basic test taking skills (process of elimination, two answers are the same and therefore can not be the correct choice, etc…) so if the information/wording in the question does not sound familiar do not simply skip the question – read through it and do your best to choose the correct answer
– Grid-in answers can be right or left justified – the only time it matters when you have to enter a decimal or fraction – make sure you have enough room after the fraction bar or decimal
– When doing calculations for grid-ins, round each step to 4 decimal places and then round your final answer to the decimal place stated in the question.  A correct number bubbled in to the incorrect decimal will be marked wrong, so make sure you make note of which decimal place is being called for

FRQ:
– There is a 10 minute reading period at the start of this section – quickly read all 8 FRQ prompts and decide which ones you can best answer the fastest
– FRQs are about quality not quantity – the readers are looking for correct information, not a lot of fluff.  Be sure to answer all parts of the prompt, especially the bolded power words
– If there are multiple parts to an FRQ (part A, part B, etc…) mark each part of your answer so it is easier for the readers to grade – you’ve seen the rubrics we have gone over, they are separated into individual test parts, your answer should be as well.  Do not write a flowing 5 paragraph essay, write individual answers for each part of the prompt
– Any graphs that you are asked to create need to use the entire graph space provided – be sure to accurately label the graph with a title and axis labels

I can’t stress time management enough – watch the clock/wear a watch (make sure its not a smart watch, like an apple watch) and be aware of how much time is left – don’t be caught with time running out and you haven’t at least looked through the entire exam.

I am proud of y’all and know you will do well tomorrow!!

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AP Bio 4/10 – 4/28

Ecology Unit

Because most of this unit is a review of what you learned in your freshman biology class and your 7th grade life science class, you already know most of the material.  Therefor, there will not be any participation sheet and there will not be any additional homework posted here on the blog – instead, you have 4 projects to complete over the three weeks of this unit.   You will have every class period to work on the assignments and they are all due on Wednesday April 26th – you may turn them in early as you complete them to assist your teacher in grading though :o)  Each individual project will be worth a quiz grade, and all four grades will be averaged for your unit test grade (there will not be a test for this unit)

You may work together/help each other, but everyone is to turn in their own individual/unique projects – any two projects that look remotely similar will be graded as a zero for copying

Ecology Projects – ignore the information on due dates at the top of this, I got it from another teacher

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H Bio 3/27 – 3/31

Monday 3/27
CW:
Odds and Ends reading questions
HW:
None

Tuesday 3/28
CW:
– discuss reading questions
– classification and taxonomy notes/discussion/worksheet
– 6 kingdoms chart and reading assignment
HW:
– finish 6 kingdoms reading

Wednesday 3/29
CW:
– discuss 6 kingdoms
– cladograms and dichotomous keys note and practice
HW:
– none

Thursday 3/30
CW:
– Characteristics of bacteria reading/questions
– Are Viruses alive reading
– discuss both assignments
HW:
– review for tomorrow’s quiz

Friday 3/31
CW:
– Odds and ends review packet
– Odds and ends quiz
HW:
enjoy spring break!!

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AP Bio 3/20 – 3/24

Monday 3/20
CW:
– evolution vocab quiz
– phylogeny and cladogram packet
HW:
– finish packet
– view A Brief History of Life prezi
 view Bozeman Science Origin of Life video

Wednesday 3/22
CW:
– The history of life and geologic time assignment
HW:
– finish geologic time assignment
– begin studying for next week’s test

Friday 3/24
CW:
– Evolution practice test/review for test
HW:
– study for Tuesday’s test

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H Bio 3/20 – 3/24

Monday 3/20
CW:
– DNA vs RNA amoeba sister’s worksheet
– go over homework
– mutations notes and practice
HW:
– finish mutations practice

Tuesday 3/21
CW:
biotech reading questions

Wednesday 3/22
CW:
– discuss biotech
– DNA/protein synthesis/biotech vocab review
HW:
– study for Friday’s test

Thursday 3/23
CW:
– unit 6 ATA
– self-assessment and review
HW:
– study for tomorrow’s test

Friday 3/24
CW:
– last minute questions
– unit 6 test
– unit 7 pre-reading
HW:
None

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H Bio 3/13 – 3/17

Monday 3/13
CW:
– History of DNA webquest
– DNA model building
HW:
none

Tuesday 3/14
– history-of-dna notes
– finish building model
HW:
None

Wednesday 3/15
CW:
– DNA replication diagram notes/discussion
HW:
– review all material covered so far

Thursdya 3/16
CW:
DNA and DNA replication review questions
HW:
– study for tomorrow’s quiz

Friday 3/17
CW:
– last minute questions
– midpoint quiz
– protein synthesis diagram notes/dicussion
HW:
– transcription/translation practice

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AP Bio 3/13 – 3/17

Tuesday 3/14
CW:
– go over Hardy-weinberg HW
– candy evolution lab
HW:
– go over 2. ch 22 evolution evidence1-ppt
– view Bozeman science evidence of evolution video
 complete 004_evidence_for_evolution_worksheet- while watching the video

Thursday 3/16
CW:
– Ch. 22 Review – Evidence of Evolution-questions
– Evolution FRQ
H
W:
– finish FRQ
– study for Monday’s vocab quiz
– view Bozeman Science Speciation video
– view Bozeman Science phylogenetics video

 

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AP Bio 3/6 – 3/10

Monday 3/6
CW:
– Unit 5 test
HW:
– go over darwin intro notes
– view Bozeman science Natural Selection video

Wednesday 3/8
CW:
– Unit 6 objectives-15cza80
– Evolution unit question set
HW:
– go over Mechanisms of Evolution-notes
– view Bozeman science Hardy Weinberg Equation video

Friday 3/10
CW:
– Hardy Weinberg discussion/explanation
– Fishy Frequencies lab
HW
– Hardy-weinberg equilibrium explanation-and practice problems (this document includes the answers so you can check your work, don’t take that as just being give answers, you need to know how to correctly calculate the various allele frequencies)
– review the powerpoint from Wednesday – you will conduct another lab on Tuesday that covers the various mechanisms of evolution

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H Bio 3/6 – 3/10

Monday 3/6
CW:
– unit 5 mixed review
– unit 5 review sheet
HW:
review for Wednesday test

Tuesday 3/7
CW:
– ATA
– self-assessment and review
HW:
– Study for tomorrow’s test

Wednesday 3/8
CW:
– last minute questions
– unit 5 test
– unit 6 pre-reading
HW:
none

Thursday 3/9
CW:
– midterm review
HW:
– study for tomorrow’s midterm

Friday 3/10
CW:
– last minute questions/ go over review
– midterm exam
HW:
– none

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