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AP Biology Summer Assignment 2017


The standards and learning objectives listed below will be the focus of the summer assignment. Review concepts relating to these objectives by viewing a series of Crash Course and/or Bozeman Biology videos. Your assignment is to complete 3 essays relating to the learning objectives. You will type each response in separate word documents and upload your responses to the Schoology. AP biology essays should be concise/to the point. (This is not a five paragraph essay format, like an English paper. Your essays should address the specific questions being asked and do not need an introductory or conclusion paragraph.) All materials are due by Friday August 4th, 2017. Please feel free to submit your assignments at any point over the summer. You will turn in your summer work by sharing it with me via Schoology. Please email me at if you have any questions.


Step 0: Follow my summer journey on Facebook and Instagram @rideforkids2017


Step 1: Sign-up for EDPuzzle. Use the link or this code zafiver . Watch the videos in the correct order. There is a sheet that has the videos in the correct order. Be sure to pay attention and watch for understanding, not just to get it done. There may be questions that you will have to answer.


Step 2:

Directions: Below you will find links to online video resources. You will have some choices in your learning; you may choose to view the crashcourse videos or the BozemanScience videos (or both). After viewing the videos complete the free response (essay) questions. Complete these essays in order. Your responses should be typed using your own words. Be sure to address each part of the questions and label you answers (ex. Part A, Part B, etc.). Save your typed responses in 3 separate word document files and upload them to the Schoology. Please title your files with your name and the essay number (ex. AmyChilinguerianEssay1.docx).




Standard: All biological systems from cells and organisms to populations, communities and ecosystems are affected by complex biotic and abiotic interactions involving exchange of matter and free energy.

Learning Objectives:

A. Refine scientific models and questions about the effect of complex biotic and abiotic interactions on all biological systems, from cells and organisms to populations, communities and ecosystems.

B. Design a plan for collecting data to show that all biological systems (cells, organisms, populations, communities and ecosystems) are affected by complex biotic and abiotic interactions.

C. Analyze data to identify possible patterns and relationships between a biotic or abiotic factor and a biological system (cells, organisms, populations, communities or ecosystems).


Crashcourse Biology Videos:

Community Ecology: Feel the Love - Crash Course Ecology #4

Community Ecology II: Predators - Crash Course Ecology #5

Ecological Succession: Change is Good - Crash Course Ecology #6

Videos by Paul Anderson at




Ecological Succession






Standard: The level of variation in a population affects population dynamics.

Learning Objectives:

A. Use evidence to justify a claim that a variety of phenotypic responses to a single environmental factor can result from different genotypes within the population.

B. Use theories and models to make scientific claims and/or predictions about the effects of variation within populations on survival and fitness.


Review videos from Essay #1 and these additional selections:

Crashcourse Biology Videos:

The History of Life on Earth - Crash Course Ecology #1

Population Ecology: The Texas Mosquito Mystery - Crash Course Ecology #2

Human Population Growth - Crash Course Ecology #3

Videos by Paul Anderson at

r- and K- Selection






Standard: Biological systems interact, and these systems and their interactions possess complex properties.

Learning Objectives

A. Interactions among living systems and with their environment result in the movement of matter and energy.

B. Energy flows, but matter is recycled.

C. Changes in regional and global climates and in atmospheric composition influence patterns of primary productivity.

Review videos from Essay #1 & #2 and these additional selections:


Crashcourse Biology Videos:

Ecosystem Ecology: Links in the Chain - Crash Course Ecology #7

The Hydrologic and Carbon Cycles: Always Recycle! - Crash Course Ecology #8

Nitrogen & Phosphorus Cycles: Always Recycle! Part 2 - Crash Course Ecology #9

Videos by Paul Anderson at

Energy Flow in Ecosystems

Biogeochemical Cycling

Ecosystem Change