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Course SummaryThis AP Biology Syllabus Resource & Lesson Plans course is a fully developed resource to help you organize lessons and teach AP biology. You can easily adapt the video lessons, transcripts, and quizzes to take full advantage of the comprehensive and engaging material we offer. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.
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You can use this AP biology course as a template for designing and implementing your course. Here are the key components of the course and how you can use them:
- Chapters - Each chapter covers a unit of AP biology, from evolutionary change and cell biology to lab techniques and scientific experiment design. Use these chapters as mile markers as you map out your course. We recommend planning to spend a week on each chapter, but you can always allocate the chapters according to the length of your specific AP biology course.
- Lessons - Within each chapter are video lessons that further break down topics into bite-sized chunks. These lessons cover single topics like cellular respiration or nitrogen fixation. Each one is often appropriate for a single class.
- Key Terms - Within each lesson are key terms. These are emphasized on screen and in the transcript. As you develop your syllabus, these key terms help you focus on the most important learning objectives. For example, the lesson on active transport in cells includes key terms like uniport, antiport, and symport.
As you work on your AP biology lesson plans, save time by incorporating video lessons from this resource. Here's how:
- Introduce Topics - Your students will be in the right mindset for understanding topics like animal behavior if you begin class with a short video. It can be a jumping-off point for a lecture, group activity or class discussion.
- Break Up Lectures - The video format, which often includes animation, helps students visualize topics like DNA replication and the stages of mitosis.
- Assign For Homework - Each lesson in the course, from steps in the scientific method to charts and graphs of scientific data, can be assigned to your students as homework.
Each video lesson includes a complete transcript. You can utilize these transcripts in several ways:
- Lecture Notes - Do you need a guide as you plan a lecture, such as one on cell biology or plant reproduction and growth? The transcripts cover each topic in depth, with key terms highlighted for quick reference.
- Student Reading - Perhaps you'd like your students to learn how animals communicate, but you don't have class time available. Assign the transcript as extra reading.
- Study Tools - When it's time for a unit exam on genetics and heredity, you can point your students to the transcripts on properties of alleles, Mendel's first law, chromosomal linkage and related topics to help them study.
Each video lesson has a corresponding quiz. Here's how to use the quizzes:
- Homework - Assign a quiz to your students as homework. You'll receive an email with the results, which enables you to verify they've completed the assignment and that they've understood the material. Questions cover everything from the role of ligase in genetic engineering to products of the citric acid cycle.
- Tests - You can meld the material in the quizzes into your own student assessments, saving you valuable time. Need a few questions on ecology? There are plenty!
- Discussions - Jump-start a discussion with questions like: What are the basic requirements for biological systems?
Below is a sketch of the AP biology syllabus modeled on a 27-week course. This sample can be adapted based on your course schedule. Navigate the chapters and lessons for more detail.
|Week||Unit||Sample of Topics Covered|
|Week 1||Science Basics||Science vocabulary, steps in the scientific method, the metric system, unit conversion, dimensional analysis|
|Week 2||AP Biology: The Origin of Life on Earth||A timeline of life on Earth, the endosymbiotic theory, forms of evolutionary change|
|Week 3||AP Biology: Evolution Overview||Evidence for the theory of evolution, the Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium, natural selection and adaptation, speciation|
|Week 4||AP Biology: Inorganic Chemistry Review||Atomic structure, ionic and covalent chemical bonds, acids and bases, the laws of thermodynamics, redox reactions|
|Week 5||AP Biology: Organic Chemistry Review||Functional groups of organic molecules, monomers and polymers, protein structure, lipids, carbohydrates|
|Week 6||AP Biology: Enzymatic Biochemistry||Enzyme function, substrates, activation energy, coenzymes, enzymatic reactions|
|Week 7||AP Biology: Cell Biology||The fluid mosaic model of the cell membrane, nucleus structure, ribosome function, mitochondria structure, viruses|
|Week 8||AP Biology: Requirements of Biological Systems||Free energy and matter, dynamic homeostasis, feedback systems|
|Week 9||AP Biology: Cell Division||Chromosome structure, cytokinesis, stages in mitosis and meiosis, nondisjunction and aneuploidy|
|Week 10||AP Biology: Metabolic Biochemistry||Steps in the glycolysis pathway, the citric acid cycle, products of the electron transport chain, photolysis, the Calvin-Benson cycle|
|Week 11||AP Biology: DNA and RNA Overview||Nucleic acids, phosphodiester bonds, DNA's complimentary base pairings, types of RNA|
|Week 12||AP Biology: DNA Replication||Models of DNA replication, DNA polymerase and RNA primase, DNA's leading and lagging strands|
|Week 13||AP Biology: The Transcription and Translation Process||Protein synthesis, transcriptional repression, introns and exons, codon recognition|
|Week 14||AP Biology: Genetics and Heredity||Allele properties, Mendel's first and second laws, codominance and incomplete dominance, sex linked and sex inherited traits|
|Week 15||AP Biology: Genetic Mutations||Point mutations, insertions, and deletions; missense, nonsense, and silent mutations; frameshift mutations|
|Week 16||AP Biology: Phylogeny and the Classification of Organisms||Taxonomy, phylogenic trees and cladograms, the evolutionary history of plants and animals|
|Week 17||AP Biology: Plant Biology||Plant classifications, plant stem and leaf structures, shoot and root system growth, nitrogen fixation, pollination methods|
|Week 18||AP Biology: Plant Reproduction and Growth||Life cycles of mosses and ferns, gymnosperm and angiosperm life cycles, asexual plant reproduction, tropisms, plant growth cycles|
|Week 19||AP Biology: Animal Reproduction and Development||Spermatogenesis, oogenesis, embryonic development and implantation, gastrulation, Spemann's organizer|
|Week 20||AP Biology: Anatomy and Physiology of Male and Female Reproductive Systems||Testicular anatomy, accessory gland functions, the HPG axis, internal anatomy of the female reproductive system, the ovarian and uterine cycles|
|Week 21||AP Biology: The Circulatory, Respiratory, Digestive, Excretory, and Musculoskeletal Systems||Anatomy of the skeletal system, muscle types, red blood cell functions, structure of the human vascular system, gas exchange in the capillaries and lungs, the upper and lower gastrointestinal tracks, the liver and kidneys|
|Week 22||AP Biology: The Nervous, Immune, and Endocrine Systems||Regulation of temperature and glucose levels, neuron function, brain structure, innate and acquired immunity, pathogens|
|Week 23||AP Biology: Ecology Overview||Levels of ecology, food chains, interspecific competition, symbiotic relationships, population carrying capacity, biogeochemical cycling|
|Week 24||AP Biology: Animal Behavior||Innate and learned behaviors, kin selection, territoriality, circadian rhythms, animal communication methods|
|Week 25||AP Biology: Basic Molecular Biology Laboratory Techniques||DNA plasmids, restriction enzymes, agarose gel electrophoresis, bacterial transformation|
|Week 26||AP Biology: Laboratory||Artificial selection, mathematical modeling, photosynthesis, cellular respiration, bacterial transformation, fruit fly behavior|
|Week 27||AP Biology: Analyzing Scientific Data||Scientific experiment design; graphs, charts, and tables of scientific data|
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