How can the exploration of issues in our world today, prepare our students for the decisions and solutions of tomorrow? Each unit in Issues in Science is framed with an overall focus to guide the learning and instruction. How should we prevent the spread of an infectious disease? How is a growing population affecting the availability of natural resources? These issues and their connected phenomena drive the storyline of each unit for students to investigate, discuss, analyze, and design solutions in Issues in Science, designed for NGSS middle school science.
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SEPUP | Middle School | NGSS Life Science Units | Click each unit for details
SEPUP | Middle School | NGSS Earth Science Units | Click each unit for details
What does a unit look like?
In a typical school year, students are spending over 170 instructional days doing something hands-on. Labs and investigations related to problem-solving and phenomena, and woven tightly into the unit's overall issue, make up over two-thirds of the school year. Take ten minutes to watch an overview of one unit, Chemical Reactions, from Issues and Science, developed by SEPUP. The first five minutes covers the unit's anchoring phenomenon, the unit issue, and a brief visit to each lesson, while the second half takes a deep dive into one activity. This is a great way to quickly see how SEPUP's new NGSS units are structured.