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Back in 1963 when LAB-AIDS® shipped its first kit, we had a vision, to revolutionize the middle school classroom with one of the first inquiry-based approaches to learning science through hands-on activity. More Info

Issues and Life Science 1st Edition


Students will find that many of the issues they will study in Issues and Life Science (IALS) appear frequently in the media and even on election ballots. IALS does not tell students what decisions to make, instead, it provides them with knowledge, skills, and understanding that will help them to make their own decisions. How do you decide what type(s) of medication, if any, to take when you are ill? What can you do to reduce the risk of catching an infectious disease? Would you want to find out if you have a genetic disease? Relevant issues provide a framework for student work and reflection and a context in which to understand concepts.

Content in Issues and Life Science 1st Edition is organized into 7 units, as follows:

Unit Title CORE SCIENCE CONTENT Estimated # Of 40 to 50 Minute Class Periods
A. Experimental Design: Studying People Scientifically 1st Edition Observations, hypothesis, data collection, evidence, experimental design, variable, range, recording procedures, placebo and nervous system 15-18 (4 weeks)
B. Body Works 1st Edition Body systems structure and function: skeletal, digestive, circulatory, respiratory, excretory, reproductive, cardiovascular disease, modeling 26-30 (6 weeks)
C. Cell Biology and Disease 1st Edition Microscopy, cell structure and function, microbes, disease, antibiotic resistance, emerging diseases, epidemiologist 35-41(8 weeks)
D. Genetics 1st Edition Asexual and sexual reproduction, heredity, probability, nature and nurture, DNA finger-printing 22-30 (6 weeks)
E. Ecology 1st Edition Introduced species, classification, energy flow in food webs, populations, habitats, producers, consumers, predator, prey, carrying capacity 25-34 (7 weeks)
F. Evolution 1st Edition Adaptation, competition, endangered species, extinction, fossil record, geological time, law of superposition, mutation, variation, natural selection 13-17 (4 weeks)
G. Bioengineering 1st Edition Design parameters, bioengineering, invention, prosthesis, prototype, technology 15-17 (4 weeks)

LAB-AIDS® provides several useful tools to guide you and your students through the Issues and Life Science course:

Issues and Life Science 1st Edition

Student Book

The Issues and Life Science Student Book guides investigations and provides related readings. The Student Book uses a variety of approaches to make science accessible for all students. SEPUP’s integrated literacy strategies help students process new science content, develop their analytical skills, make connections between related concepts, and express their knowledge orally and in writing.

The built-in assessment system helps teacher’s identify students’ strengths and weaknesses from the beginning of the course. This allows them to adjust activities when needed so that all students get the best chance to build their knowledge and appreciation of science.

Issues and Life Science 1st Edition

The Science Lab Notebook

The use of a science journal or notebook in SEPUP is strongly recommended. The journal not only models the way scientists work, but it helps to develop and reinforce students’ science learning and literacy skills.

The LAB-AIDS® Science Lab Notebook is 112 three-hole punched pages which allow students to store the completed pages in their binder. It has a 2 column design and plenty of room for notes and responses to Analysis Questions. Graph Anywhere allows data tables and graphs to be drawn in a fraction of the usual time. The Science Lab Notebook was designed with “Best Practices” in mind.

Issues and Life Science 1st Edition

Complete Materials Package

All SEPUP materials packages are designed with teachers, students and environmental considerations in mind. Traditional laboratory style classrooms are not necessary to teach SEPUP.

Materials packages include most of the items needed for the activities. They support multiple classes – typically up to five classes of 32 students (160 total students) – before consumables need to be replaced. It’s important to note that materials are consumed at various rates; therefore, it will not be necessary to replace all consumable items every year. Exclusive to SEPUP programs are the molded tray liners that keep everything in place and easy to locate – even in a hurry.

Issues and Life Science 1st Edition

Teacher's Guide

The SEPUP Core Curriculum Teacher’s Guide takes you through each activity in the Student Book and helps you see the development of concepts within the big picture of the units and the course you are teaching. It helps you set up the equipment from the kit, organize the classroom, conduct activities, and manage practical details, all of which enhance students’ learning environment.

The Teacher’s Guide is packaged as a series of loose-leaf binders that you can personalize with annotations, rearrangements, and insertions. The Teacher’s Guide provides full support for teaching the program. Additional support resources can also found in the Teacher’s Guide.

Issues and Life Science 1st Edition

Books Online

Individual, classroom or district licenses can be purchased for access to our student books on-line. It features editable Word documents for each set of Activity Assessment Questions which allows students to e-mail their finished work back to the teacher. Microsoft Word® Tools provide strong support for diverse learners. The Spelling and Grammar Checker uses red and green underline squiggles representing spelling (red) and grammar (green) errors alerting students to potential errors. The thesaurus helps to refine writing as well as expose students to new vocabulary words. Students with poor spelling skills often have difficulty using a dictionary. This feature provides an instant definition for a highlighted word, eliminating the task of dictionary look-up.

Students can also use the Thesaurus to find the synonyms of words. All pages were created using Adobe Acrobat Reader. A great feature of the Adobe program is “The Read Aloud Function”. The program audibly reads the text, allowing the student to follow the reading on the page. You can speed up or slow down the program based on the student’s ability. This helps all students increase their vocabulary.

Issues and Life Science 1st Edition

ExamView® Test Generating Software

ExamView® for Issues and Life Science makes it easier for educators to use your content to assess, track, and analyze student performance. Comprised of the Test Generator, Test Manager, and Test Player, ExamView® is the industry standard for paper, Internet, and LAN‐based question and test development.

Test Generator Educators can create assessments, quizzes, study guides, and worksheets using multiple question formats, pictures, tables, graphs, charts, and other multimedia elements. Works exclusively with eInstruction’s CPS™ student response systems for real‐time results.

Test Manager Educators collect results and generate comprehension reports in minutes. Test Manager also manages class rosters and automatically collects performance data from the school network to analyze student results and identify areas of concern.

Test Player Gives students the ability to take tests and view study guides over the school network. ExamView® adds even more benefits to your content.

QuickTest Wizard New tests can be created in a matter of minutes with easy step‐by‐step navigation. Simply select the question banks and the number of questions and ExamView® does the rest.

Style Gallery ExamView® tests can be easily formatted to match state or national standardized tests. Simply choose a layout based on predefined formats (e.g., TAKS, FCAT, GED, GMAT, NCLEX, etc.) and print a comprehensive answer sheet.

Multiple Question Formats ExamView® supports 14 question formats. An ExamView® question can contain pictures, graphs, charts, tables, and other multimedia elements. You can create dynamic questions (algorithms) for any subject area which allow infinite customization of a question using mathematical definitions.


Units are sections of our full year courses that can be integrated to create your own core curriculum or as stand alone units to support an inquiry based on initiative in your district. Each unit will take 4-8 weeks to complete. Components include a soft cover student books, comprehensive teacher's guide, materials packages that are specific to the unit and will service 160 students. Issues and Life Science includes the following seven units: