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AP Biology
Instructor: Mr. Bandos   
Announcements
GMO / Organic Food Debate Websites (3/23 & 3/24)
Students must complete the stations (approximately 15 minutes each) to investigate the GMO/Organic food debate. Students should be instructed to pay special attention to the sources of the information and examine these sources for reliability and bias.

Station 1: Why are GMOs so hotly debated? GMO Debate infographichttp://visualismdotorg.files.wordpress.com/2012/11/gmo-infographic-v2-10-25-2012.png

Station 2: What GMO foods are already available?
Crops on the market: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/margie-kelly/genetically-modified-food_b_2039455.html

Station 3: What are some problems caused by GMOs that have been propagated by the media?
Myths: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-VYGLHN55t0WEV1cnNNcE16N00/edit?usp=sharing
Conspiracy theories: http://media.mercola.com/ImageServer/public/2012/january/study1-big.jpg

Station 4: What is the role of agriculture in relation to sustainability?
Sustainable farming: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-VYGLHN55t0MGxoZldRcHJXT28/edit?usp=sharing

Station 5: Why is food (especially GMO food) so expensive?
Cost of food: http://www.cmegroup.com/trading/agricultural/images/infographic-facts-behind-food-prices.jpg

Station 6: How should food be labeled?
What are we eating: http://www.labelgmos.org/the_science_genetically_modified_foods_gmo
Food brands: http://toutlemon.de/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/prop37-poster3.jpeg
Vote? http://occupy-monsanto.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/yes_on_522_infographic.jpg

Station 7: How are GMOs regulated?
Q&A https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-VYGLHN55t0UnM3NXhudHU0Y2c/edit?usp=sharing
US regulatory agency: http://www.fas.org/biosecurity/education/dualuse-agriculture/2.-agricultural-biotechnology/us-regulation-of-genetically-engineered-crops.html

Station 8: What does it mean to be “organic”?
Organic Food myths: http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/myths-organic-food

Website used in class 1/6
http://www.hhmi.org/biointeractive/eukaryotic-cell-cycle-and-cancer

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Welcome to AP Biology!

You have signed up for a challenging and rewarding course for the 2016-17 school year. In order to make sure that are successful in this course, I want you to do a little preparation work over the summer. The AP Biology Summer Homework file can be downloaded from the 'Files' section of this fusion page. Please print it out and turn it in on the first day of school. Throughout the course, you will become familiar with major recurring ideas that persist throughout all topics and material. The 4 Big Ideas are:

  • Big Idea 1: The process of evolution drives the diversity and unity of life.
  • Big Idea 2: Biological systems utilize free energy and molecular building blocks to grow, to reproduce and to maintain dynamic homeostasis.
  • Big Idea 3: Living systems store, retrieve, transmit and respond to information essential to life processes.
  • Big Idea 4: Biological systems interact, and these systems and their interactions possess complex properties.

To successfully complete the course and meet all of the required objectives, you will need to do independent work on your own at home. It will not replace classroom instruction or labs. It is to ensure all material is covered, as we do not have enough time allotted to cover every single topic in AP Biology. During the school year, you will be reading chapters in the book and taking some of your own notes to supplement notes taken in class. You will also check out other resources and links we may give to you in class or on Fusion, as they will help your understanding of the topic. It is necessary that you do this throughout the year.

The AP Biology summer homework consists of two parts. In the second part you will be asked to visit various websites to find information. The links are included, but sometimes websites are taken down. If a link does not work, search for an alternative website that can provide the same information. I hope you have time to enjoy your summer break and do what makes you happy. August will be here before you know it. I am truly excited to start AP Biology this fall and get to know you all. In the meantime, complete the summer homework, get some rest, and come back refreshed and ready to tackle this course!

If you have any questions, please send me an email. Please remember that I am on break too, so I may not get back to you as quickly as normal.

Andrew.Bandos@theacademyk12.org
- Mr. Bandos
Files
 Unit 8 - Molecular Genetics
Ch 18, 19, 20, 21
 Unit 9 - Evolution
Ch 22, 23, 24, 25, 26
 AP Biology Summer Assignment.docx
The AP Biology summer assignment. It consists of 2 parts. Please print it out and turn it in on the first day of school. If you can not print the assignment, you may write your responses on a separate sheet of paper.
Homework
No "Homework" exist(s)

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