Biology – Agenda

This is a tentative schedule. We can change it or move things around to best suit your needs. We
will NOT do all 13 labs in the lab manual, but we will review as many as possible. We will also
focus on three major themes: PLAN, TEACH, and ASSESS. (* = OPTIONAL)

DAY 1: Understanding the AP Biology Course
Welcome & Introductions
Class Norms and Logistics; introduction of the CED (Course and Examination Description)
Shared Drive Folder
Data Point Review Assignment – due on last day
Nature of Science Activity
LESSONS 1-4 in Workshop Handbook. LESSONS 8, 9, and 17 will be spread out over each
day.
DAY LABS: Begin or Set up:
Natural Selection in Brine Shrimp lab (Day 1) *
INVESTIGATION 11: Transpiration lab (whole plant version) (Day 1)
INVESTIGATION 4: Diffusion and Osmosis
INVESTIGATION 7: Cell Division – Mitosis and Meiosis (Day 1)
INVESTIGATION 8: Biotechnology – Bacterial Transformation *
Discussion of Big Idea 1 Lab Alternatives
Power Words for AP Biology

DAY 2: Planning Your Course
Introduction to Evidence-based Claims (CER)
AP Instructional Planning Report
LESSONS from the Workshop Handbook
AP Exam Structure

DAY 2 LABS:
INVESTIGATION 4 Extension: Water Potential set up (w/inquiry)
INVESTIGATION 5: Cell Respiration (alternative)
INVESTIGATION 6: Photosynthesis: Floating Leaf Disk Assay w/inquiry)
INVESTIGATION 7: Cell Division – Mitosis and Meiosis (Day 2)
INVESTIGATION 11: Transpiration lab (whole plant version) (Day 2)
Discussion of Big Idea 2 Lab Alternatives
LESSONS 11-16 in Workshop Handbook

DAY 3: Teaching the Course
Introduction to the Scientific Explanation Tool
Reading & Writing Strategies to Prepare Your Students for the AP Exam
Teaching Students How to Answer Free Response Questions
Tips for Grading Free Response Questions
LESSON 18 in Workshop Handbook
Science Probes – Uncovering Student Misconceptions
Argumentation – Are Viruses Alive? (ADI)

DAY 3 LABS:
INVESTIGATION 4: Water Potential results (Groups will share results)
INVESTIGATION 5 and 6: Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration (algae beads)
INVESTIGATION 11: Transpiration lab (whole plant version) (Day 3)
INVESTIGATION 7: Cell Division – Mitosis and Meiosis (Day 3)
INVESTIGATION 8: Biotechnology – Bacterial Transformation *
JAMES BOND: CELLULAR SPY
Discussion of Big Idea 3 Lab Alternatives

DAY 4: Assessing Student Progress and Understanding
Welcome to 2020-2021 School Year
AP Course Audit and Curricular Requirements & AP Community
Data Point Reviews

DAY 4 LABS:
INVESTIGATION 11: Transpiration – Day 4 (final results)
INVESTIGATION 12: Animal Behavior *
INVESTIGATION 13: Enzyme Activity (alternative) *
Creating Chains & Webs to Model Ecological Relationships
Discussion of Big Idea 4 Lab Alternatives
Wrap Up and Unfinished Business
Evaluations
Door Prizes

THANK YOU ALL!
Elizabeth (Liz) Cowles; cowlese@gmail, cowlese@easternct.edu (school); eah36@cornell.edu (home)

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