Plants in beakers

AP® Biology



June 24 – June 27, 2019


Paulette Unger

Course Description

This course is designed to provide secondary science teachers with the content and pedagogical information they need to teach AP Biology.  The teachers will become familiar with the major topics and laboratories in the AP Biology curriculum framework. The big ideas will be reviewed and strategies for how to convey the content to students will be discussed.  A student-centered approach will be emphasized, including inquiry, hands-on activities, and projects.  In addition to performing laboratories, tips on how to successfully set-up, conduct, and evaluate the laboratories will be included.  Finally, the structure of the AP Biology Exam will be discussed, as well as preparation strategies.


  • Learners will plan for implementing an AP Biology course, creating a year-long syllabus outlining topics to be covered as well as a laboratory schedule.
  • Learners will demonstrate an understanding of the AP Biology big ideas, as well as appropriate teaching and assessment strategies, by creating an action plan and developing instruction on a topic of their choice
  • Learners will gain experience in setting-up and performing the laboratories.
  • Learners will become familiar with the administration and evaluation of the AP Biology exam, developing multiple choice and free response items.

Required Text/Materials

Text and materials will be provided.  Students should bring a graphing calculator and a device to connect to internet for accessing shared Google files.

Tentative Schedule

June 24:


  • Welcome & Introductions
  • AP Biology Curriculum
  • Equity and Access Discussion
  • Big Idea 4: Interactions—Enduring Understanding, Essential Knowledge, & Learning Objectives Share
  • Introduction to Inquiry and Incorporating Inquiry into the AP Biology Classroom
  • Asking Good Questions Activity


  • Lab—Enzyme Activity
  • Lab—Animal Behavior

June 25:


  • Understanding the AP Biology Exam
  • Free Response Questions – Teaching Strategies, Working with Command Terms
  • Quantitative Skills – Presenting and Analyzing Data
  • Quantitative Skills – Descriptive Statistics
  • Lab Data Discussion—Transpiration


  • Quantitative Skills—Hypothesis Testing (Chi-Square and Lab Application)
  • Big Idea 3: Genetics & Information Transfer—Enduring Understandings, Essential Knowledge, & Learning Objectives Share
  • Lab—pGLO: Bacterial Transformation (Set-up)

June 26:


  • Lab—Transformation (Data Collection/Discussion)
  • Discussion – Cell Cycle and Regulation
  • Cancer as a Genetic Disease – HHMI Video and Activity
  • Big Idea 2: Cellular Processes (Energy Transfer and Communication)—Enduring Understandings, Essential Knowledge & Learning Objectives Share
  • Lab—Giant Panda Problem – Investigating Immunology and Endocrinology using ELISA


  • Lab—Osmosis (Set-up)
  • Lab— Photosynthesis and Cell Respiration
    • Leaf Disk Assay
    • Cell Respiration

June 27:


  • Lab—Foodborne Outbreak Gel Electrophoresis MiniLab – Guest Presenter from MiniOne
  • Lab—Osmosis (Data Collection)


  • Big Idea 1: Evolution—Enduring Understandings, Essential Knowledge, and Learning Objectives Share
  • Lab—Hardy-Weinberg (Population Genetics Activity)
  • Modeling Concepts in Evolution
  • Lab Discussion—Artificial Selection
  • Lab—BLAST
  • Wrap-Up

*Throughout the week there will be time for participants to work on curriculum and syllabus planning as needed