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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 Physical Science, 2nd Edition


All students need to develop an understanding of science and technology to make informed personal and community decisions. Using Issues and Physical Science (IAPS), students learn how to gather and interpret scientific evidence about issues of interest to them and their community. As a result, they begin to appreciate the power and also some of the limitations of science. They also begin to recognize that science is much more than a set of answers to be learned, but rather, a way of asking questions.

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Content in Issues and Physical Science, 2nd Edition is organized into 6 units, as follows:

Unit Title CORE SCIENCE CONTENT Estimated # Of 40 to 50 Minute Class Periods
A. Studying Materials Scientifically Laboratory safety, handling hazardous materials, physical and chemical properties of substances, density, identifying unknown substances 12-20 (4 weeks)
B. The Chemistry of Materials Physical and chemical properties of substances, elements and compounds, The Periodic Table, chemical reactions, chemistry of materials, conservation of mass 28-36 (7 weeks)
C. Water Water quality, elements and compounds, atoms and molecules, mixtures and solutions, solubility, particle theory of matter, acids and bases 30-44 (8 weeks)
D. Energy Energy transfer and transformations, types of energy (kinetic, potential, heat, solar, chemical, electrical), electrical currents, measuring energy, energy efficiency 32-47 (9 weeks)
E. Force and Motion Newton’s Laws, inertia, force, mass, acceleration, speed, friction, experimental design, automobile safety 26-46 (9 weeks)
F. Waves Longitudinal waves, transverse waves, mechanical waves, electromagnetic waves, wave properties, sound, light, reflection, transmission, absorption, sound intensity, dangers of UV radiation 11–15 (3 weeks)

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

Issues and Physical Science, 2nd Edition

Student Book

The Issues & Physical 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 Physical 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 Physical 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 Physical 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 Physical 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 Physical Science, 2nd Edition

eTeacher Resources (CD)

The Issues and Physical 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 Physical Science Teacher's Edition (IAPS-2TE) (1) free copy will be included.

Issues and Physical 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 Physical Science, 2nd Edition

ExamView® Test Generating Software

ExamView® for Issues & Physical 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 4-9 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 & Physical Science includes the following five units: