Biology IB Standard Level - Periods 2,3 & 5

Summer assignments aren't optional
  • “I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day’s work.” –Frank Lloyd Wright



    1. Take an outdoor adventure. Go outside, look around, observe the world around you. Unplug yourself. Take a walk, a drive, or paddle, etc. and actually notice the things around you. Wear sunscreen and probably a hat. 
    2. There is nothing you will turn in for this, nature should be explored, appreciated, and respected. 
    3. Have a relaxing summer!

    Any questions, feel free to contact me:

    IB Biology Standard Level (SL) is a full year course designed for highly motivated students who are interested in biology and ready to accept the challenge of the IB curriculum and examinations.  Students enrolling in this course should be personally motivated, mature, and ready to accept the greater work and responsibility required in a higher level science course. Students will examine the six topics in Biology and one options: Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Genetics, Ecology, Evolution and Biodiversity, Human Physiology, and the option Ecology and Conservation. Students will receive a more in depth content syllabus with details about each topic throughout the school year.

    Need help? Ask. Stay away from social networking sites (Instagram, Snapchat, etc) and get to work. The curriculum is vast and understanding the "bones" of the material will benefit you more. On tests, many of you need to relax and try see the big picture, I think this will help you wrap your head around many IB-based questions.   

    This website has all the IB syllabus broken down, use it as a resource, not as a crutch: Option 1 .  Also, check out the app and website Bioninja, its worth a download on your iPad, and its free! BioNinja is now aligned with the new syllabus. Youtube sensation Stephanie Castle is also legit. New resource - click here to enter IB World. Also BioKnowledgy has the new syllabus upudated. 

    Unsoliciated advice: Try not to get bogged down with all the info though, always try relate to your life. Learning is a life long process, not a one-day affair. Make connections, explain to family and friends, and review content often.  Learning is our number one goal!

    Check Schoology for updates on grades. Stay caught up! If you hand work in late it may not appear immediately on Schoology. Turn work in on time and that will minimize your stress. Posted below is the safety sheet, syllabus, and various lab resources for the class. Use these resources to aide your study, not as an easy way out.

    I do post my personal notes on Schoology so it might help to read these along with the presentations in class. Just a tip there.

    A note on collaboration.  As mentioned in a class discussion, labs are not group work.  It is NOT okay to work together on lab write-ups in groups.  At most, you may consult your lab partners orally before writing.  Your written work should be strictly your own ideas without consultation with others.  Any group discussions must conclude before you all go home and start writing.  If you are nervous about your grade or not sure you are doing the right thing, take advantage of my offer to submit lab papers early for suggestions (IA Labs are excluded).


    The IB Exam breakdown: 

    Paper 1

    Duration: 3⁄4 hour Weighting: 20% Marks: 30 

        30 multiple-choice questions on core material

        The questions on paper 1 test assessment objectives 1, 2 and 3. 

        The use of calculators is not permitted. 

        No marks are deducted for incorrect answers.


    Paper 2 Duration: 11⁄4 hours Weighting: 40% Marks: 50 

        Data-based question. 

        Short-answer and extended-response questions on core material. 

        One out of two extended response questions to be attempted by candidates. 

        The questions on paper 2 test assessment objectives 1, 2 and 3. 

        The use of calculators is permitted. (See calculator section on the OCC.) 


    Paper 3 Duration: 1 hour Weighting: 20% Marks: 35 

        This paper will have questions on core and SL option material. 

        Section A: candidates answer all questions, two to three short-answer questions based on experimental skills and techniques, analysis and evaluation, using unseen data linked to the core material. 

        Section B: short-answer and extended-response questions from one option. 

        The questions on paper 3 test assessment objectives 1, 2 and 3. 

                The use of calculators is permitted. (See calculator section on the OCC.)