Weekly Update

Late Update

posted Sep 30, 2011, 7:27 PM by Lee Ferguson

Things in class have been quite busy as of late!  We have taken our first test since implementing the "flipped" classroom, and raw scores on this year's exam are higher than those of last year's test takers!

We have also been learning about the origins of life on Earth, and about the biodiversity that exists in our world today.  We are exploring the world of microbes, protists and fungi during the upcoming week and may even get to sample products made with members of these kingdoms of life.

Fishing For Goldfish and That First Lab Report

posted Sep 5, 2011, 8:54 PM by Lee Ferguson

This week is a short week due to the Labor Day/Teacher Professional Development Day.  This week, your students will turn in their first lab report, a brief one covering the Natural Selection Simulation they performed last week in class.  This week for their population genetics lab (AP Lab 8), your students will study the genetics of a population of Goldfish crackers as they mimic the predatory sharks who eat only certain members of the Goldfish cracker population.

This Week in AP Bio...

posted Aug 29, 2011, 9:08 PM by Lee Ferguson   [ updated Aug 29, 2011, 9:11 PM ]

This week, we are continuing to collect data for our seed germination lab that we set up last week (or Monday, if you are a B day student).  We are learning about the importance of controlling variables so as to eliminate extraneous factors, and we are learning how best to represent data we collect from experiments we conduct. 

We are also beginning our study of natural selection and how it influences the evolution of populations. 

If you do not have quad-ruled notebooks (for our learning log and lab notebooks), Mrs. Ferguson has a limited supply of them available for $1 each.  Be sure to visit with her should you need a notebook!

First Week Finished!

posted Aug 26, 2011, 12:50 PM by Lee Ferguson

Well, we have successfully completed the first week of class!  We have had quite a busy week:  course introductions, setting up our learning log and lab notebooks, and designing our first experiment about seed germination.  Next week, we will be collecting data for our seed germination lab and learning about evolutionary theory and how the mechanisms of evolution contribute to the biodiversity found on Earth.

Supplies You Will Need

posted Aug 16, 2011, 5:38 PM by Lee Ferguson

Be sure you have gotten the following supplies for the first couple days of class:
  • 2 quad-ruled composition notebooks.  We will use one as a lab notebook for collecting data during lab activities.  The second notebook will be used as our Biology Interactive Learning Log (BILL), which we will use very nearly every day in class as we learn new material.
  • A binder (1" is fine) designated for this class only.  You will keep any handouts and returned work in this, and it will serve as a portfolio of your work so that when the AP exam happens in May 2012, you have all your study resources in one place.
  • Blue or black ink pens.
I look forward to meeting all of you, and to having a fantastic school year!  Be prepared to work hard, have fun, and learn a lot of biology in the process!

AP Exam Scores

posted Jul 7, 2011, 8:56 PM by Lee Ferguson

AP Exam scores are now available by phone, for $8/call by calling College Board at 1-888-308-0013.  Alternatively, you may wait until next week, when paper score reports are mailed out.

Welcome to AP Biology at AHS!

posted May 10, 2011, 8:31 PM by Lee Ferguson   [ updated May 10, 2011, 8:34 PM ]

I'd like to welcome you to AP Biology at Allen High School.  This site has been created to support and supplement the learning we do in class.  Be sure to bookmark it, as you will refer to it on a daily basis as you prepare for class.  In this particular section of our site, you will see weekly summaries of what we'll be doing in class during any week of the school year.

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