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Revision as of 14:31, 5 September 2013

Dixon's Bio Web

AP Biology

AP Bio Course Expectations

Hillis Website

2012 Cell reproduction Wiki]

2011 Taxonomy Wiki]

2013 Diversity of Life Wiki]


BioBuilding Synthetic Bio Curriculum

Parent's Guide to AP Bio

Anatomy and Physiology

Standard Bio

E-mail me!

Dixon Dna.jpg

Resources for 2013-2014

On-line resources for the text

Biochemistry and Cell Biology Test Construction Project

Biochemistry and Cell Biology Test Construction Project (with rubric)


Biochemistry (chap 2 & 3) slides from Hillis text

Cell (chap 4) slides from Hillis text

Cell energy (chap 6 slides from Hillis text

A sample AP style essay question with answer key

A PowerPoint illustrating the types of questions that will be used on the AP Bio Exam

A summary of Bloom's Taxonomy. This (or variations thereof) is used by teachers to construct tests that cover many thinking levels.

A variation on Bloom's Taxonomy

A primer on the types of questions that appear on tests

Tips for designing multiple choice questions

Tips for writing multiple choice questions for higher order thinking

Flipped classroom: This is the Bozeman YouTube Channel. It is a great sources of videos on all things AP Bio. Search out the ones that relate to this material.

Flipped classroom: This is Anderson's (aka Bozeman science) website. You may find it easier to find pertinent videos here.

Unit 1 Ecology

Ecology unit objectives

Objective 3. Use graphical analysis and explain how populations change over time due to characteristics of the species and interactions with other species.

Key Concepts

Population growth curve

Population growth equations



Density dependent limiting factors

Density independent limiting factors

Age structure diagrams

Life strategy data and graphs

Examples of population reduction endangering communities

Population Ecology (chap 43) PowerPoint--revised

On-line resources for text chapter 43

Flipped classroom: Anderson on exponential growth

Flipped classroom: Anderson on logistic growth

Flipped classroom: Anderson on r and K selection

Population corridors text investigation

Objective 4A. Analyze and explain how organisms in a community interact in complex ways to affect the flow of energy and matter. 4B. Use examples to describe how the variation of individuals in a population and the diversity of species in an ecosystem affect the ecosystem’s stability.

Key Concepts

Symbiotic relationships (mutualism, commensalism, parasitism, competition, predation)


Keystone species

Examples of population reduction endangering communities

Invasive species

Chapter 44 Species interactions in ecosystems PowerPoint

Flipped classroom: Anderson on niche

Flipped classroom: Anderson on population interactions

Flipped classroom: Anderson on communities

Objective 1. Use models to explain how populations, communities and ecosystems are affected by complex biotic and abiotic interactions involving the exchange of matter and free energy.

Key Concepts

Food webs and chains

Trophic levels

Energy, biomass and population pyramids

Nutrient cycles

Objective 6.Analyze data and use examples to explain how disruptions to ecosystems impact the dynamic homeostasis or balance of the ecosystem.

Key Concepts

Invasive species

Primary succession

Secondary succession

Various forms of pollution

Habitat loss

Water and nutrient availability


Climate change

Chapter 45 Ecological communities PowerPoint

Chapter 46 The global ecosystem PowerPoint

Flipped classroom: Anderson on Ecosystems

Flipped classroom: Anderson on Biotic and Abiotic factors

Flipped classroom: Anderson on succession

Flipped classroom: Anderson on Ecosystem change

Flipped classroom: Anderson on Environmental materials exchange

Flipped classroom: Anderson on Ecosystem dynamics

Objective 5. Explain how organisms within populations and within communities, interact through communication and behaviors.

Key Concepts

Innate behavior


Coloration and camouflage


Vocalizations and warning

Altruistic behavior

Other materials:

Environmental geography (chap 42) PowerPoint

2013 Summer AP Bio Summer Reading Assignment

Resources for 2012-2013

When Pigs Fly Case Study Part 1

When Pigs Fly Case Study Part 2

When Pigs Fly Case Study parts 3 and 4

Cell Energetics (chap 6) PowerPoint

Link to Transformation Lab

Link to lab pre-test

Genes, Development, Evolution (chap 14) PowerPoint

Biotechnology (chap 13) PowerPoint

Genomes (chap 12) PowerPoint

Gene Regulation (chap 11) PowerPoint

Protein Synthesis (chap 10) PowerPoint

DNA structure and replication (chap 9) PowerPoint

Molecular Genetics (chaps 9-14) Objectives

Cell Cycle and Heredity (chap 7 & 8) Objectives

Heredity (chap 8) PowerPoint

Cell Cycle (chap 7) PowerPoint

Mid year study guide

Plant Evolution (chap 21) PowerPoint

Plant Body (chap 24) PowerPoint

Plant Nutrition (chap 25) PowerPoint

Plant Growth and Development (chap 26) PowerPoint

Reproduction of Flowering Plants (chap 27) PowerPoint

Plants in the Environment (chap 28) PowerPoint

Bean Bonsai Plant Project

Unity and Diversity of Life Wiki Project

Nervous and Immune Systems PowerPoint

Animal Hormones PowerPoint

Animal Environmental Physiology PowerPoint

Animal Physiology Unit Objectives

Classification and Phylogenetics (chap 16) PowerPoint

Evolution Unit objectives

Evolution (chaps 15-17) PowerPoint

Species Case Study

Data Page

Ecology unit objectives

Population Ecology (chap 43) PowerPoint

Environmental geography (chap 42) PowerPoint

Ecological relationships (chap 44) PowerPoint

Community Ecology (chap 45) PowerPoint

Global Resources (chap 46) PowerPoint

The 2012 AP Bio curriculum guide

The 2012 AP Bio Summer Assignment

Resources for Biochemistry test construction project:

Biochemistry Test Construction Project

AP Biochemistry objectives

A parody poem for your enjoyment:


(with apologies to Rudyard Kipling)

If you can keep your head when all about you

Are losing theirs and blaming it on the teacher;

If you can trust the teacher’s faith in you,

When you are doubting yourself;

If you can work and not be too tired by working,

And do the work because it helps you learn,

And not because it will be graded.

Or because it is required;

If you can dream of success on the test- and not make those dreams your master;

If you can think-and not give up because you don’t know something;

If you can meet hard tests and independent projects with triumph and disaster

And treat those two results just the same;

If you can hear that biology truths are messy and not always true,

That thinking biology is merely facts and terms is a trap for fools,

And the teacher’s job is not to supply truths

But to challenge your mind and help you develop tools;

If you can make a judgment based on all your understandings

And risk it on one answer to an unfamiliar question,

And get it wrong but learn from that

And feel satisfied that you did;

If you can force yourself to take ownership of your learning

To truly learn long after you’ve been accepted into college,

And so not give up when there is nothing in it for you

Except the Will to develop more sophisticated understanding;

If you can talk to your class and help everyone learn,

Or ask questions of wonder or confusion or ‘possiblies’;

If you can recall your learning from last year or last week

And apply it to new situations and grow new synapses;

If you can believe that deeply understanding 70% of the concepts

Is better than knowing 100% of the terms;

If can believe that you own your learning in class and out

And tutors or looking up answers will not help on tests;

Yours is deeper understanding of biology and all that’s in it,

And-which is more-you’ll be an AP Scholar my student!

What we're up to...

Welcome to my AP Bio web site. The material below is from the 2011-2012 school year and I'll be updating it as we implement the new AP Bio curriculum this year. I'll use this page for announcements and thoughts. You can use the links on the side to check out course related materials and some interesting web sites we'll be using throughout the year. Below are links to some assignments and rubrics as well as unit objectives. There are links to many biology resources on the Bio Web page.

I'm very much looking forward to this year. I spent the summer working on developing synthetic biology materials for our use this year. Check out the BioBuilding link to learn more about how I spent my summer.

Older Unit Links

Lab Bench with the AP required labs

Biochemistry (c. 4-5) Power Point

Unit 6 Respiration and Photosynthesis (c. 9-10) Power Point

Unit 6 Metabolism (c. 6) Power Point

A list of animations. Scroll down to find two replication animations as well as ones for protein synthesis etc.

Unit 5 Molecular Genetics (c. 16-21) Power Point

Unit 5: Heredity (c. 14 & 15) Power Point

Unit 5: Cell Reproduction (c. 12 & 13) Power Point

Unit 4.5 Animal Digestion (c. 41) Power Point

Unit 4.4 Senses and muscles (c.49) Power Point

Unit 4.3: Nervous system (c. 48) Power Point

Unit 4.2: Endocrine system and cell signaling (chap 45 & 11) Power Point

Unit 4.1: Immune system (c. 43) Power Point

Unit 3.5 Animal structure and function (c. 40) Power Point

Unit 3.5: Environmental physiology (c. 44) Power Point

Unit 3.5: Animal Circulation and Respiration (c. 42) Power Point

Unit 3: Plant structure and transport (c. 35-38) Power Point

Unit 3: Cell Structure (c.7&8) Power Point

Bioinformatics activity

Unit 2: Evolution Power Point

Unit 2: Evolution Objectives PDF

Unit 1: Ecology Objectives PDF

Unit 1: Ecology slides

Assignments and Rubric Links

Molecular Ecology Project

When pigs fly case study parts 3 and 4 pdf

When pigs fly case study part 2 pdf

When pigs fly case study part 1 pdf

When pigs fly case study part 1 word

Color my world lab ppt

Cell Reproduction wiki period 2

Cell Reproduction wiki period 3

Cell Repro Project

Cell Repro Project rubric

Summer Assignment

Taxonomy Project

Taxonomy Project Rubric PDF

Species Case Study

Lab Report Rubric PDF

Essay Rubric PDF