Biology Higher Level - Periods 1& 4

  • “I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day’s work.” –Frank Lloyd Wright


    The First Topic we will discuss in September is Topic 9: Plants. Let's engage right away!
    Summer Assignment:
    1. Go outside, check out some plants, look around, observe your surroundings. Unplug - get used to this, if you want to stare at your phone all year, make another decision. Wear Sunscreen and a hat. It's so important you engage with your environment and notice the health and well-being of trees and bushes around you. Look at some seeds, in particular notice samaras (click to read more). They come in multiple forms and you are welcome to complete this summer assignment as such.
    2. Create a samara out of anything you want, any size (think popsicle sticks, tape, hangers, wood, etc.) - get creative.  It can be small or large. You can use any materials at your disposal. The key is this seed will transport away from its source. For example, when dropped from a high area, it will float away from where you dropped it even if no wind is present. This will be tested the second week of class, so create your samara. There will be a winner! 
    Any questions, feel free to contact me:
    IB Biology Higher Level (HL) 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 11 topics in Biology and one option: Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Genetics, Ecology, Evolution and Biodiversity, Human Physiology, Nucleic acids, Metabolism, Cell respiration and Photosynthesis, Plant biology, Genetics and Evolution, Animal Physiology. Option: Ecology and Conservation or Neurology and Behavior. 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.   

    Check the Parent/Student Portal/Schoology for updates on grades weekly. Stay caught up! If you hand work in late it may not appear immediately on the Portal/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 this website so it might help to read these along with the presentations in class. Just a tip there. Also youtube sensation Stephanie Castle is quite good. A new website is Bioknowledgy is another option with the new syllabus. 

    A note on collaboration.  As mentioned in a class discussion, labs are not group work.  It is not OK 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.



    Paper 1 

    Duration: 1 hour

    Weighting: 20%

    Marks: 40

    • 40 multiple-choice questions on core and AHL material, about 15 of which are common with SL.
    • 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 (The monster)

    Duration: 2¼ hours

    Weighting: 36%

    Marks: 72

    • Data-based question.
    • Short-answer and extended-response questions on core and AHL material.
    • Two out of three 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: 1¼ hours

    Weighting: 24%

    Marks: 45

    • 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 and AHL 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.)