AP BIOLOGY SUMMER ASSIGNMENT 2016


AP BIOLOGY SUMMER ASSIGNMENT 2016

The AP Biology curriculum is extensive. This assignment is intended to serve as a supplement for the study of life. AP Biology will begin with a unit on Ecology and this assignment will introduce you to key concepts for the unit.
AP Biology does not follow a traditional “content coverage” model of instruction, but instead focuses on enduring, conceptual understandings and the content that supports them. This approach will enable you, the student to spend less time on factual recall and more time on inquiry-based learning of essential concepts, and will help you develop the reasoning skills necessary to engage in the science practices used throughout the study of AP Biology. To foster this deeper level of learning, the breadth of content coverage in AP Biology is defined in a way that distinguishes content essential to support the enduring understandings vs. a content heavy course. This project introduces you to the learning model used in the course. You will explore and understand the basic concepts and apply that knowledge to a “real life”, “hands-on” activities.

PART 1: ECOLOGY UNIT

Complete the Ecology note sheets using the podcasts/powerpoints on your teacher’s website. These are due on the first day of school.
We will briefly address any questions or confusion you have on these topics the first few days, but will also be able to complete more activities during class.
You can expect an assessment on the ecology unit within the first week of school.

 

Part 2: GO CATCH A FISH

Your assignment is to go fishing anywhere. Catch a fish and take a picture of yourself with the fish before you release it unharmed.
Identify the fish using the scientific name (Genus and species) and the common name. Describe the niche that this organism has within its environment.
While doing this include 3 interactions with other organisms in the ecosystem. Include in your biological description the following:
The biological classification of each organism. At least 2 distinguishing adaptations.
Organism’s niche (how it makes a living in the ecosystem).
One symbiotic relationship for each organism. (commensalism, mutualism, predation, parasitism)

Contact information Websites:
mtaffera@summit.k12.nj.us
nterhune@summit.k12.nj.us
cvitale@summit.k12.nj.us

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