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AP Biology—Inquire. Inspire. Engage.

This series of videos breaks down the basics of inquiry-based learning for AP Biology. Watch now and learn how Carolina is helping teachers use inquiry to motivate and engage students.

The Curriculum Has Changed—What's the Big Idea?

Big Idea Biology was created to help ease your transition to the new AP* Biology curriculum by providing advice, tips, and helpful information about the change. You're not in this alone, so visit often to get fresh, up-to-the-minute information!

  • Frequently asked questions
  • Tips and insights
  • Real classroom solutions

AP* Biology Curriculum Change Insights

The curriculum has changed. Let us help you make it easier with insights and tips from leading AP Biology instructors.

Words of Wisdom About Adding Inquiry to Your Classroom Diffusion—Molecules on the Move: An Inquiry Approach to Lab 1, Diffusion and Osmosis
Words of Wisdom About Adding Inquiry to Your Classroom
Change can be challenging, but knowing you are part of a community and can rely on the support of experts in the field makes the transition easier. Bobbie Hinson shares 5 tips to keep in mind as implementation of the new AP Biology Curriculum Framework draws closer.

Diffusion—Molecules on the Move: An Inquiry Approach to Lab 1, Diffusion and Osmosis
You don’t have to wait until the next school year to start adding inquiry to your laboratory experiences. This lab covers the same concepts as in the standard AP Biology Lab 1 but with a more inquiry-focused approach.


Inquiry-Based Instruction vs Traditional Teaching Approaches Why Don’t Whales Have Legs: Introduce Your Class to Inquiry
Inquiry-Based Instruction vs Traditional Teaching Approaches
As you transition to the new AP Biology course curriculum, one key to classroom success will be your awareness of the differences between inquiry instruction and the traditional method currently being used. That knowledge, paired with an understanding of how your students will move through the 5E learning cycle, will provide a good reference point as you start to design your coursework school year.
Why Don’t Whales Have Legs: Introduce Your Class to Inquiry
The switch to inquiry labs will be new not only for you but also for your students. They are used to being told exactly what to do and in many cases what the results should be. Use this simple guided-inquiry activity to start conditioning them to approach problems using the inquiry process.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are you ready for the AP Biology curriculum transition? Let us remove some of the mystery by answering the most pressing questions that AP Biology teachers have.


Next-Generation AP Solutions—Available Now

Carolina is leading the way in developing real solutions for the next generation of AP Biology. Our Carolina Investigations for AP* Biology Kits are designed to meet the goals of the revised AP Biology curriculum framework.







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