R.E.A.L. Science - Life (Level 1)

R.E.A.L. Science - Life (Level 1)

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Item #: 039411
ISBN: 9780976605706
Grades: 1-4

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Publisher Description:

RSO Life (level one) is appropriate for 1st to 4th grade. The course is divided into three sections: the human body, the animal kingdom, and the plant kingdom. Students study the major body systems through making models and doing tests on their own bodies. Classification and the five kingdoms of living things are studied as students make an animal kingdom book.

Animal kingdom labs include examining real worms, mollusks, arthropods, and butterfly metamorphosis. Students learn about the plant kingdom through looking at the makeup and function of seeds, flowers, leaves, stems, and roots.

The following is a list of topics your child will learn during the year while completing Life (level one). Each topic and/or subtopic will include 1 to 3 lessons complete with lesson story, labs, reading, and other activities. Each topic will take anywhere from 1 to 4 weeks to complete. Remember your child will also be having a whole lot of fun. Also included in this scope are laughing, playing, digging, exploring, reading, singing, and begging for more RSO!

Category Description for R.E.A.L. Life Science (Gr. 1-4):

The human body, plants, & animals.

Category Description for R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey:

Tactile and rigorous, this classically-based science program provides an excellent science experience. The program is designed for the non-science parent. If you are a squeamish person, R.E.A.L. Science may not be for you. You’ll get dirty, handle bugs and worms, and learn through experimentation. The lessons in the book are intended to be done in order from start to finish, each lesson building upon the previous lessons. Two levels are available, perfect for multi-age learning or homeschool co-ops. The all-in-one text for Level One teaches science in an entertaining story-like format with hands-on activities, along with background science information, instructions, reading lists, journaling ideas, and supplemental websites. Student Worksheets are reproducible in Level One, although Student Pages are available separately. Science is planned 2-3 times per week. Formatted for independent learning, Level Two student texts bring science alive by engaging young people’s minds through active participation in learning. Spiral bound Student Texts offer instruction and consumable activity sheets and review pages. Consumable student materials are available separately. Teacher Guides are recommended and include weekly schedules, learning goals, math concepts for labs, lesson reviews with information not found in the student book, lab material lists, answer keys and grading guidelines.


Items listed in this section tend to be complete science programs with a teacher and student component, requiring few supplements besides science supplies.

Primary Subject
Grade Start
Grade End
5 to 9
Elementary/High School
Softcover Book
Brand Name
Pandia Press
2.0625 (lbs.)
11.0" x 8.5" x 0.5"
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I wanted a secular science curriculum.
Margaret B on Jul 29, 2021
Heard great things about it.
Katalin T on Aug 19, 2020
I wanted a secular science curriculum.
Margaret B on Jul 29, 2021
This was recommended to us as a good secular science curriculum.
Shawn S on Jun 28, 2021
Heard great things about it.
Katalin T on Aug 19, 2020
Seems to be hands on and interactive. Secular Learning Science Model
Paola G on Jul 24, 2020
Wanted a secular science curriculum with hands-on learning.
Jamey T on Jul 19, 2020
looking for secular science
Katie L on Jun 27, 2020
Randolph S on Apr 25, 2020
Homeschooling K-5th and this curricula has super ratings from home schooling families.
User on Mar 5, 2020
This looks perfect for our home-school! Excited for the experiments for our first grader, and even our younger kiddos to learn along with her. I love that it is all inclusive, and that I can pass it down to each child when they hit the appropriate age. Hoping that this series is what we will continue with for all our homeschooling years!
Kristy Jo H on Jan 16, 2020
Best rated secular science curriculum.
Sini T on Jun 16, 2019
We have used two other units and my kids love this science curriculum!
User on Feb 16, 2019
I've heard great things about this program.
Keesah H on Jan 9, 2019
I like the scope and sequence of this curriculum and it looks very doable.
Heather D on Oct 30, 2018
This was recommended by a friend and we're going to try it for our science curriculum this year.
Adrianna O on Jun 9, 2018
Trying something new and after researching it we saw so many great reviews
Setareh J on May 14, 2018
The grade level range is appropriate for both my kids, plus the book appears to offer lots of hands-on projects.
Hannah B on Dec 28, 2017
Recommended and secular.
DaleAnn F on Dec 9, 2017
This was recommended as a succinct science curriculum for homeschooling, and I was looking for something for my dyslexic and dyscalculic child that would make learning science a pleasant and enjoyable experience. I ckecked out the free sample pages and it seems like a good fit for us, hence, my purchase.
Judith L on Sep 21, 2017
It is written on a first grade level. It has a lot of projects, activities and fun stuff to do. It has detailed plan for the teacher.
Olga A on Aug 28, 2017
Was recommended to me by friends.
Erica on Aug 27, 2017
I chose this because of the reviews and I wanted a Science curriculum that would be as hands-on as possible for my children.
Danielle C on Aug 24, 2017
I am looking for something easy to understand and an enjoyable reading cirriculum for my 4th grader. Something that would be user friendly for this first time home school mom
Molly B on Aug 21, 2017
Friends said it was great
Karen on Aug 8, 2017
It follows along with The Well Trained Mind, yet it looked like it was fun to do in a Charlotte Mason way without being too wordy.
Meredith D on Jun 30, 2017
It's secular science with lots of hands on learning.
Jessica W on Jun 16, 2017
From the samples that I've read I like the idea of all the supplemental ideas they provide to enrich our science experience...it's basically open and go.
Samantha L on Apr 25, 2017
This science curriculum appealed to me because I will be able to use one book, one sit down time, with both my children. This will free up more time for other subjects and activities. I can't wait to see how it for us.
Heather Y on Apr 21, 2017
Highly recommended by others
Brandi M on Mar 3, 2017
Viewed the book from another mom in my coop... I liked the real language approach and how everything was laid out for you. Looking forward to tackling some science with my kiddo!
Stephanie L on Feb 19, 2017
I've decided to try this program after BYL1 Science felt too light. We needed a truly secular program and through research, this one will hopefully fill our needs.
Lyndsay M on Jan 8, 2017
The best complete science curriculum I found for this age. I like the content it covers and the approach it takes.
Christina H on Dec 27, 2016
looking for organized science activities for 1st grade
mesgana g on Nov 5, 2016
friend recommended
Dena J on Sep 23, 2016
I've used REAL Science Chemistry and Earth and Space. I've really liked them, so now it's time for Life!
Rachel C on Aug 18, 2016
Hands-on, fun lessons. Every lesson has been pretty engaging.
Kristin S on Aug 10, 2016
Is not based on young earth creation
Jennifer C on Aug 6, 2016
Suggested by a friend.
Laura C on Aug 3, 2016
I am planning to homeschool my daughter for the next year and we prefer a secular science program. I have heard that this is one of the best.
Amanda K on Jul 24, 2016
This looks like an amazing fit for our science this year! Thanks!
Crystal P on Jul 24, 2016
recommended by friend
linda p on Jul 23, 2016
I heard great things from other moms.
Cameo S on Jul 17, 2016
It's a well reviewed secular science curriculum.
Ashley F on Jul 12, 2016
Teaching a co-op class.
Susan E on Jul 6, 2016
Ist Grade Science
Daniel R on May 15, 2016
I want a fun, informative science program for my kids. However, I also want it to be teacher friendly - I have high hopes for this one!
Christy L on Apr 13, 2016
Friend's recommendation. Have seen program in use, really liked it, kids really liked it.
Charlene F on Apr 12, 2016
I chose this for a Science curriculum for my first grader. We love this curriculum. The experiments are easy to do and my son loves them! I highly recommend it!
Dianne M on Apr 10, 2016
It was recommended on a homeschool forum.
ANTON G on Mar 2, 2016
Did not care for Building Foundations
Marcia F on Feb 9, 2016
I am always on the lookout for non-religious materials for homeschooling and when it comes to history and science they are nearly impossible to find. This material not only meets the criteria for secular material but is also engaging and hands on. The kids loved the previous edition that I purchased, so did I and so I purchased again.
Stephanie W on Oct 20, 2015
This was recommended to us as a good secular science curriculum.
Shawn S on Jun 28, 2021
Seems to be hands on and interactive. Secular Learning Science Model
Paola G on Jul 24, 2020
Has anyone used this (or another in the REAL Science Odyssey series) with a kindergartener? Do you think a kindergarten student could do this?
A shopper on Jul 19, 2020
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BEST ANSWER: I used R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey Life Science Level 1 when my kids were in 1st and 3rd grades. The lessons and activities were basic and fun. It was our first year homeschooling, and I'd bought a different science curriculum first but sent it back after looking through it. We are now on our third book in the R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey series.
Are there color pictures?
A shopper on Feb 3, 2020
BEST ANSWER: No, everything in the book is black & white.
Does the work book come with this or is it seperate what do I need for the whole kit?
A shopper on Feb 28, 2018
BEST ANSWER: No you’re better off not getting the workbook and just getting this book. Thebworkbook pages are inside. You just have to copy them. The workbook is just convenient if you do not want to copy them from the main book.
Is the teacher's manual included in this?
Hannahg on Aug 4, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The teachers notes and the textbook are all in one. It is very laid out with planning guides, supply lists, lessons that you can read to your student or (if your student is a reader) can read to themselves. There are step by step on the labs for you to read and pages for the student to fill out. Our family really loves this curriculum and hopes that they will add more level 2 books.
Are the separate student pages duplicates of what is included in this price?
A shopper on Jul 11, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, the student pages (#039412) - http://www.rainbowresource.com/proddtl.php?id=039412&subject=Science/11&category=Life+Science+%28Gr.+1-4%29/6865 - are a printed copy of what is available (and reproducible) from the curriculum - #039411.
Do I need a microscope for REAL Science Odyssey Level 1 Biology?
A shopper on Jul 5, 2017
BEST ANSWER: No a microscope is not needed that I recall. You will need a hand lens (magnifying glass) for some of the lessons.
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Rated 5 out of 5
Great science curriculum. We love all the labs. Information is presented very simple and straightforward. Easy to navigate and great list of extra reading for each unit. We are gathering materials and getting excited for fall!
June 19, 2018
over 5 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
We love having a guideline for science
I really like the matierials list and the supplemental books and internet links. Some lessons we get through quickly, other times we linger on a subject for a while. For me personally I like having a framework of topics and activities (labs) to use so this curriculum works well for our family.
February 8, 2018
over 5 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Easy to use. Engaging activities.
Easy curriculum to implement. Activities are interesting and fun to do. My children are having a great time with the Lab work.
November 10, 2015
over 7 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Can a curriculum be too perfect?
We absolutely love the R.E.A.L. Science Life unit. After completing the Chemistry and Earth and Space books, there was no way I would miss this one. The lessons are laid out just perfectly, so simple to use and just enough information that they are learning tons, but not overwhelmed by too much writing or new vocabulary. We are having a blast with it! Who doesn't love using terms like Phalanges? I highly recommend.
October 23, 2015
over 7 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Hello! I am the last person you would ever expect to write a review for a science I had to take a quick time-out to tell you how WONDERFUL this program is for the non-science loving mom that has been blessed with science loving kids The children and I have found our happy place ~ REAL Science Odyssey! I have forgotten more than I know about science but I am relearning at a rapid pace My children are 6 and 9 (1st and 4th) and we experience science three times a week One super cool part of this curriculum is it tells you how to adapt it for 3-5 days a week The Labs are really fun and for the most part you can get the stuff to do them around the house It gives you a list at the beginning of the book to help you buy any other supplies! It is well organized and incredibly simple to understand I would suggest just going ahead and buying the student pages for each child It saves you making all those copies :) This program has been SO helpful!
September 28, 2009
Rated 5 out of 5
Of all the science programmes that I've used in the more than ten years that I've been homeschooling this one has been my favourite The name REAL Science stands for Read Explore Absorb & Learn Science and that is exactly what my kids did REAL was written by a homeschooling parent specifically for use by homeschooling families so it is not surprising that it is very easy to use We used the Life Science The 28 units are divided into six sections - What is Life? The Cell The Human Body Classifying Life Animal Kingdom and Plant Kingdom Incidentally I found it simple to reorder the units so that they fit in better with the local climate Each unit begins with a notebook page that you read to or with your child The pages are perforated so they can be put in a binder but I preferred to have my children write a brief summary (thus covering two subjects in one hit!) Each unit also includes one to four labs or activities There is some good variety here from making a model of muscles and learning a song about spiders to observing the behaviour of pillbugs measuring snails and dissecting a seed Creative kids will enjoy making the animal kingdom notebook Many of the labs focussed on important scientific skills like careful observing measuring and graphing This along with the emphasis on correct scientific vocabulary was a real strength of the programme in my opinion Some science programmes steer away from this perhaps feeling that such skills and language are too difficult for younger children I'm glad REAL doesn't fall into this trap Parents whose strength isn't science can be reassured that the parent instruction pages ensure that each lab runs smoothly The instructions are clear and answers are given where appropriate so you can be sure you haven't gone off trackThe course is designed for use in 1st-4th grade and I successfully used it with a six and a ten year old The material was presented simply enough for the younger child to understand but was meaty enough not to be demeaning to the older one If you use the course as it is your children will receive a great introduction to the discipline of science as well as a thorough understanding of life science However (and this is a boon for those of us that like some structure but still want the flexibility to be able to do our own thing) the course is short enough that you can easily supplement it with additional library books and websites if your child is especially interested A list of suggested additional books and websites is even included at the front of the book along with suggested journaling ideas Also at the front of the book is a complete list of all the lab material (along with suggested suppliers for those items that won't easily be found at home) that is required for the year This will be greatly appreciated by those who like to be organised well in advance Once you have all the lab materials you can simply open the book and go!The topics of sex education and evolution are not included in the main course However the author has included some suggested books and websites for those parents who want to cover these areas
July 27, 2008

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