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Issues and Earth Science, 2nd Edition

SEPUP CORE CURRICULUM: FULL YEAR OF STUDY

How do earth features influence where people live? What policies should guide our use of earth’s resources? How should we dispose of nuclear wastes? What kind of space exploration should we undertake in the future? The science behind these and related issues are explored by students in Issues & Earth Science.

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Content in Issues and Earth Science, 2nd Edition is organized into 7 units, as follows:

Unit Title CORE SCIENCE CONTENT Estimated # Of 40 to 50 Minute Class Periods
A. Studying Soil Scientifically Observation, measurement, soil composition, soil fertility 15-18 (4 weeks)
B. Rocks and Minerals Rock cycle, rock formation, minerals, observation, data collection 13-24 (5 weeks)
C. Erosion and Deposition Topography, erosion, deposition, landforms 22-30 (5 weeks)
D. Plate Tectonics Earth’s history, earthquakes, volcanoes, plate tectonics, mountain building, continental drift 22-30 (5 weeks)
E. Weather and Atmosphere Water cycle, clouds, sun as a source of energy, oceans affect climate, atmo-sphere (structure and properties), global patterns 25-34 (6 weeks)
F. The Earth in Space Earth, moon, day and year length, moon phases, seasons, axis tilt 13-17 (4 weeks)
G. Exploring Space Solar system, planetary motion, gravity 15-17 (4 weeks)

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

Issues and Earth Science, 2nd Edition

Student Book

The Issues & Earth 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 Earth Science, 2nd Edition

The LAB-AIDS Science Lab Notebook

The use of a science journal or notebook is strongly recommended for all science classes. A 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 was designed with “Best Practices” in mind. Each of the 160 LABLOG pages, has a 2-column design with GraphAnywhere, which allows data tables and graphs to be drawn in a fraction of the usual time, and plenty of room to record data, notes, and responses to questions. It is also three-hole punched to allow students to store the entire notebook, or individual completed pages, in their binder.

Issues and Earth Science, 2nd 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 Earth Science, 2nd Edition

Teacher's Edition

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

Issues and Earth Science, 2nd Edition

Teacher Resource

The Teacher Resource provides background and suggestions to increase the overall effectiveness of implementing the program across all levels of learners. Sections include: SEPUP’s Approach to Teaching and Learning, Differentiation Strategies for Diverse Learners, Literacy Strategies for Supporting Reading Comprehension and for Enhancing Students’ Writing and finally Comprehensive instruction on the SEPUP Assessment System.

Issues and Earth Science, 2nd Edition

eTeacher Resources (CD)

The Issues and Earth Science eTeacher Resources includes both the Teacher's Edition and Teacher Resource as well as copies of all student sheets and transparencies on 1 CD. With every purchase of Issues and Earth Science Teacher's Edition (IAES-2TE) (1) free copy will be included.

Issues and Earth Science, 2nd 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 Earth Science, 2nd Edition

ExamView® Test Generating Software

ExamView® for Issues & Earth 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.

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Student Activity Links

Activity 42

Video Segment 1 - Plate Tectonics: The Scientist Behind the Theory

This video segment chronicles the Alfred Wegener’s development of the theory of continental drift and is from WGBH, provided via the PBS LearningMedia™ website. You may be required to create a free account on PBS LearningMedia to access this video.

Video Segment 2 - Plate Tectonics Further Evidence

Using evidence from Alfred Wegener’s theory of continental drift, this video from WGBH, provided via the PBS LearningMedia™ website, details the evidence that supported the theory of plate tectonics. You may be required to create a free account on PBS LearningMedia to access this video.

Activities 47 and 48
Other Types of Plate Motion

SEPUP Plate Motion Simulation
Use this simulation to complete Activities 47 and 48. Observe the movement of convergent, divergent, and transform plate boundaries over periods of time from 10 years to 20 million years. If you're using an older browser and experiencing difficulties with this simulation, you may view it in Flash.

Activity 64
Earth's Atmosphere

Earth's Atmosphere Interactive
Use this link to gather and compare data from different atmospheric levels. If you're using an older browser and experiencing difficulties with this simulation, you may view it in Flash.

Activity 66
Atmosphere and Climate

Check back here soon to see predictions from your class and others around the country on how the climate might change.

Activity 68
Worldwide Wind

Worldwide Wind Interactive
Use this link to collect data about wind direction for cities all over the world. If you're using an older browser and experiencing difficulties with this simulation, you may view it in Flash.

Activity 76
A Year Viewed from Space

SEPUP Seasons Interactive
Use this link to explore the seasons on Earth as viewed from space. If you're using an older browser and experiencing difficulties with this simulation, you may view it in Flash.

Activity 81
Moon Phase Simulator

Moon Phase Simulator
Simulation not running properly? Make sure you have Java installed. Still not running? You may need to add an exception for the above website in your Java security settings. Using Google Chrome? An extra step is required to enable the use of Java plug-ins.

US Naval Observatory Eclipse Home Page
This site provides information about eclipses of the Sun (solar eclipses) and the Moon (lunar eclipses).

Teacher Activity Links

Activity 42

Video Segment 1 - Plate Tectonics: The Scientist Behind the Theory

This video segment chronicles the Alfred Wegener’s development of the theory of continental drift and is from WGBH, provided via the PBS LearningMedia™ website. You may be required to create a free account on PBS LearningMedia to access this video.

Video Segment 2 - Plate Tectonics Further Evidence

Using evidence from Alfred Wegener’s theory of continental drift, this video from WGBH, provided via the PBS LearningMedia™ website, details the evidence that supported the theory of plate tectonics. You may be required to create a free account on PBS LearningMedia to access this video.

Activities 47 and 48
Other Types of Plate Motion

SEPUP Plate Motion Simulation
Use this simulation to complete Activities 47 and 48. Observe the movement of convergent, divergent, and transform plate boundaries over periods of time from 10 years to 20 million years. If you're using an older browser and experiencing difficulties with this simulation, you may view it in Flash.

Activity 64
Earth's Atmosphere

Teacher's Guide page E-157: For the table, “Sample of Mean Atmospheric Values,” you may note that the percent of gases in the atmosphere does not equal 100% when each layer is added. This is because the numbers have been rounded to the nearest tenth.

Earth's Atmosphere Interactive
Use this link to gather and compare data from different atmospheric levels. If you're using an older browser and experiencing difficulties with this simulation, you may view it in Flash.

Activity 66

Be the first to post your class's predictions on how the climate in your area might change. Email us a pdf of your students' predictions and we'll post them on our website!

Activity 68
Worldwide Wind

Worldwide Wind Interactive
Use this link to collect data about wind direction for cities all over the world. If you're using an older browser and experiencing difficulties with this simulation, you may view it in Flash.

Activity 76
A Year Viewed from Space

SEPUP Seasons Interactive
Use this link to explore the seasons on Earth as viewed from space. If you're using an older browser and experiencing difficulties with this simulation, you may view it in Flash.

Activity 81
Moon Phase Simulator

Moon Phase Simulator
Simulation not running properly? Make sure you have Java installed. Still not running? You may need to add an exception for the above website in your Java security settings. Using Google Chrome? An extra step is required to enable the use of Java plug-ins.

US Naval Observatory

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 Edition, materials packages that are specific to the unit and will service 160 students. Issues & Earth Science includes the following seven units: