SEPUP course structure

A full year using SEPUP curricula generally consists of 5-6 units that can be taught in almost any order, based on your school's scope and sequence. Each unit then is structured with several activities, sequenced intentionally to engage the students, build on the storyline, and increase the level of sophistication as the unit progresses. 

It's not a textbook. It's not a kit. It's a program.

Each program component references the others to form a cohesive learning system for teachers and students. 

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Our Partnership with SEPUP™

Full alignment to the NGSS

program supports

Literacy

Embedded strategies help teachers explore students' thinking and give students multiple opportunities to confront their preconceptions.

Assessment

Integrated into the programs the SEPUP assessment system sets up ways to collect evidence on student learning and improve performance. 

Differentiation

An intentionally flexible approach to all program activity types help accomplish our goal that all students achieve scientific literacy. 

Our scores on science standardized tests have done nothing but increase over time since implementation. 

Rebecca Garelli - Chicago Public Schools

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Do you offer year-round middle school science programs?

Yes. We provide full-year and unit programs as part of the SEPUP course structure. Generally, a full year is comprised of 5 to 6 units. Depending on your school’s scope and sequence, these units may be taught in just about any order. Each unit is complete with science activities for middle school students, designed to engage and inspire students in your classroom. As your school year progresses, these activities will increase in sophistication giving students exciting, informative ways to learn about science.

How are your programs developed?

Our programs are developed by research-based institutions and based on hundreds of studies and publications and reviewed by external evaluators to measure student learning. We also take into account customer needs and national standards, while field testing our lesson sequences at local schools, so that we may create program versions suitable for national testing. Our goal is to provide educators with the tools to help, inspire, and teach students the practices of middle school science and high school science so that they can become science literate individuals.

Do equipment packages come included for middle school science teachers?

Yes, we include everything you need to teach in an organized equipment package that is easy to access and use daily. Each SEPUP unit includes a set of sturdy drawers containing the following:

  • Field-tested, high-quality middle school science labs materials
  • Reusable equipment for up to 32 students to be used for middle school science projects
  • Consumable materials for use by 160 middle school students
  • Small containers for group exercises and science experiments for middle school
  • Durable carts with wheel attachments for easy use and transportation around the classroom

Does Lab-Aids have a team of customer service representatives available to answer questions about your middle school science curriculum?

Our curriculum specialists are available and ready to answer any questions you might have about Lab-Aids middle and high school science programs. Unlike generic customer service reps, many of our curriculum specialists have spent years as educators, and have a deep understanding of the challenges that you as a teacher or administrator face as you begin the process of reviewing a new science program for your school. From specific questions about changing your middle school science lesson plans to broader questions about Lab-Aids, we’re here to help.

Do Lab-Aids middle school programs help with student literacy?

Our proven programs include much more than just lesson plans and science project kits for middle school students - we provide many opportunities to help develop student’s language and verbal skills. Each unit has literacy strategies embedded into them, through the use of middle school science books to reinforce literacy skills, a three-level reading guide to help students process content in text, and talking drawings that help students construct diagrams that visually communicate their ideas about a concept.  

Can you give me a brief overview of the Lab-Aids middle school science curriculum?

Lab-Aids’ middle school programs aren’t just textbooks or science experiment kits for middle school learning, they are all-encompassing programs that are field-tested in real classroom situations. Lab-Aids middle school programs provide educators with all of the tools that they need to do what means most to them: teaching! Our range of solutions include:

  1. All equipment necessary to teach your science classes
  2. Middle school science textbooks that engage your student’s brains and spark curiosity
  3. Online resources accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  4. Organized drawers for storage and easy access to science materials
  5. Signature items only found with Lab-Aids programs
  6. Storage carts
  7. Listed drawer contents

What components make up the Lab-Aids middle school program?

We offer components that fit best with your school’s requirements and scope. Components include Coordinated Instruction that lasts from 4 weeks to a year, Discipline-Based Instruction suited for a full year, Modules that last 8 to 30 days, and Science Project Kits for middle school instructors who only need 1 to 3 days’ worth of learning. Schools have the option of mixing and matching units to best fit their district’s needs.

Do you offer solutions for educators that teach across multiple science disciplines?

Yes, we certainly do. If you are an educator that teaches across multiple science disciplines like middle school earth science and middle school life science, mixing and matching units may be the best route for you to follow. Our science units inspire students, presenting them with real-world issues to discover and learn about.

Is it possible to try the Lab-Aids program before making a purchase?

Yes, it is. We absolutely understand that many teachers and schools need to determine whether our programs are a good fit for their district. We recommend that you contact a curriculum specialist using the form on our website. When filling out the form, note that you are interested in sampling a full-year middle school curriculum activity before purchasing.

What middle school science subjects do you offer as part of the Lab-Aids curriculum?

Middle school science subjects include the following and may be purchased as individual units if needed:

Middle School Earth Science – This course guides students as they discover and explore concepts such as erosion, deposition, plate tectonics, and how weather and climate affect our everyday lives. To further scientific knowledge, students engage in the work of real engineers and scientists.

 

Middle School Physical Science – In this course, students learn how technology and science work together to make community and life decisions. Comprised of several units, students will make decisions on products based on their environmental impact and product life cycles.

Middle School Life Science – In this course, students tackle relevant issues like genetic testing, health risks, and the impact of introduced species. They also collect and analyze data, explore scientific phenomena, and apply their newfound knowledge to decision-making issues brought up in each unit.

Does Lab-Aids offer any kind of educator support?

If you are an educator, teaching is a life-long commitment to learning, for both students and teachers. Educators must strive to stay up to date on new science pedagogy and content. Because of this, many states in the U.S require ongoing professional development and re-certification every 5 years. That is why Lab-Aids is dedicated to offering educator support, so that teachers have opportunities to learn new skills and acquire new content.

If you’re looking to attend Lab-Aids conferences and workshops, we recommend you refer to the Educator Support page on our website for a list of upcoming events. If you are interested in professional development training programs, we offer hands-on, engaging sessions to help educators develop new strategies and acquire new information. From our getting-started days and conference workshops to district-level train-the-trainer programs, Lab-Aids is here to support our schools and educators.

Do you offer a warranty on your middle school science textbooks?

Yes – Lab-Aids, Inc. warrants all Casebound Textbooks against manufacturing defects in material or workmanship for 5 years under “normal and reasonable” classroom use, beginning from the time of your original purchase. We also warrant that our middle school science books meet and/or exceed MSST standards and specs developed by the National Association of State Textbook Administrators, in consultation with the Association of American Publishers and the Book Manufacturers’ Institute. Please visit https://store.lab-aids.com/about-us/easy-ordering for more information about defects and/or damages.

What is the best way to order middle school science Lab-Aids products?

There are several ways to get started on your Lab-Aids order, depending on your preference. If you are located in the U.S., please call: 631-737-1133. We are open Mon- Fri 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.  ET. Be sure to ask for customer service. You may order by email at customercare@lab-aids.com. To order by mail, please send your authorized purchase order to LAB-AIDS, Inc., 17 Colt Court, Ronkonkoma, NY  11779.

Time is valuable

I feel like I spend more time prepping than teaching.
Absolutely
Not really
Starting with a solid program allows you to get back to what matters most.

Several recent studies on teacher workload showed that lesson planning and grading made the biggest negative impact on job satisfaction. The average teacher spends 12 hours working evenings and weekends - most of that time is spent grading or planning.  

Lucky you!

Several recent studies on teacher workload showed that secondary teachers spend about a third of their professional time planning. Additionally, the average teacher spends 12 hours working evenings and weekends - most of that time is spent grading or creating lessons.