Summer Assignment: Mr. Snider's AP biology Classes  Printable Word version here
Add yourself to SOCES AP bio group on Facebook (if on)
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See for online copy of this and additional links
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A STUDENT recommendation is to get either a Barrons with CD (supplements lectures - detailed)

The main concepts you need to know over the summer are:
1. Macromolecules and their building blocks (specifically proteins and Enzymes)
2. How water’s structure allows it to be unique
3. The major cell parts and how they work together
4. Understand how Mitosis and Meiosis differ
5. The nature of DNA, genes and how they make proteins
6. How evolution (defined) works through natural selection, and the evidence behind it.
7. How abiotic and biotic interactions work to make ecosystems function.

In order to do this I am NOT assigning a book reading (passive) for you to do. Instead I am going to give you a series of activities and webquests
for you to perform and report back to the class. On advice of my students I am giving basic vocabulary to define in YOUR OWN WORDS as
well.  You may be tempted to work together on this. That is okay as long as you do your own work.
Remember the point of this is to prepare
you for my class!

1.  For macromolecules find a organic polymer building activity and take a screenshot of the completed material.  Put link on Facebook group
Alternatively, draw the organic (amino acid, nucleotide, monosaccharide, fatty acid and glycerol) monomers and how they create the polymers (links
on site)

2.  For water you can either take a picture of or draw a straw with a liquid in it (close-up) and label the meniscus, adhesion and cohesion locations.
You must also draw (you can do so electronically using paint or any drawing program) water showing the O, H and partial charges.  Interactive link
on site
Discuss why water can hold gas better at low temperatures and dissolve sugar faster at high temperatures.  What is the difference between dissolving
sugar and salt.

3. Make a virtual drawing or PowerPoint of the main organelles of the cell. There must be Bacteria, Animal, Plant and Virus (not a cell) [list to be
posted on my website on AP summer assignment page] Make sure to define each function of each organelle EVERY time

4.Draw the stages and label Mitosis and Meiosis.

5.  Find and complete at least 2 transcription, translation (or protein synthesis) activities online – take a snapshot of completed work.  Find and
complete 1 DNA replication activity as well.  Put links on Facebook group thread.

6.  Go to a good site (like uc berkeleys) and find 3 lines of support for evolution- describe how each shows evolution. Define evolution and natural

7.  Draw the same group of organisms in an energy pyramid, a food chain, and in a food web.  List 4 abiotic characteristics of ecosystems and
describe how they vary in 5 main terrestrial ecosystems.  How does this affect the organisms living there (must include tropical rain forest, chaparral
(Mediterranean shrub) and desert)

Vocabulary to define:
Levels of organization
Scientific method – hypothesis, control, experiment, variable, graphing- independent (X), dependent (Y)
Diffusion, osmosis, active transport, passive transport
Photosynthesis, light dependent cycle, light independent cycle, Electron Transport Chain
Aerobic (Anaerobic) respiration, Krebs cycle, glycolysis
Cell signaling- reception, signal transduction, response
Mitosis, meiosis – tetrad, sister chromatids, crossing over, mutation, sexual reproduction, asexual reproduction
Gene. allele
Homozygous, heterozygous, dominant, recessive, x-linked, autosomal,
Evolution, natural selection, fitness, adaptation, speciation, Hardy-Weinberg equlibrium
Diploid, haploid, alternation of generations, sperm, egg, zygote, pollen, ovary
Bulk flow, transpiration, xylem, phloem
Homeostasis, negative feedback loop, action potential,
Counter-current systems
Biotic, abiotic, ecology, population, r vs k selection, k/carrying capacity
Scientific classification
Monomers to polymers activity
Basic molecular biology
Molecule tutorials and questions
Molecular biology
Molecular biology overview
Evolution intro
Water polarity simulation
Simulations for biology
Natural selection simulation
Cell part list for activity 3
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FRAMEWORK - Learning objectives
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