R.E.A.L. Science Rock Kit

R.E.A.L. Science Rock Kit

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Item #: 005960
Grades: 3-AD

Product Description:

Includes rocks and testing tools (streak plate, nail and penny) in a plastic container with compartments.

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

This is quite an impressive science program! If you're using the classical approach and you've had trouble finding a good science program, this could be the end of your search. R.E.A.L. stands for Read, Explore, Absorb and Learn. Every lesson includes a short portion to be read with information to be absorbed by the student. Labs allow students to explore new concepts, and all of this lends itself to learning in the early grades.

This program is written to be used 2 to 3 times a week for a complete and rigorous one-year science study. Life Science is divided into 28 units, and students will learn about the human body, plants, and animals. Earth and Space Science (revised in July '09) is divided into only 12 units, including the earth, weather, rocks, and the solar system. Chemistry includes 7 units on atoms, the periodic table, specific elements, molecules, states of matter and reactions. The program is designed for the non-science parent, so the entire program is included in one book. 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 hands-on experimentation. The lessons in the book are intended to be done in order from start to finish, each lesson building upon the previous lessons. Vocabulary is presented and then repeated throughout subsequent lessons. Words will be heard over and over, so students will remember them without drilling. The authors suggest that 'real life' review is the best way to reinforce vocabulary and concepts taught. Learn from the events in your life and from the world around you. A unique feature in this program is the labeling of "big idea" and "small stuff" within each lesson. The "big idea" of each lesson is the main idea to be learned. The "small stuff" is all the details that go along with each concept. For example the "big idea" in the lesson on the five kingdoms is that "living things are grouped based on their characteristics." The "small stuff" in this lesson would be, "There are five kingdoms or groups of living things. Two are the plant and animal kingdoms. Every living thing has a scientific name which tells us its species." If you are using the classical approach, you will cover every subject 3 times. In this case, don't worry about getting all the facts and details the first time through. All of that will come at a later level. There is an outline at the front of the book to help you know which are the main ideas and which are the small things. This will help parents know where to put the emphasis in each lesson. One final note about the lesson content - the publisher has made a concentrated effort to be "neutral" with regard to topics like evolution and ecology, focusing instead on science facts that can be observed and experienced in level 1 of the curriculum. So, while you won't find lessons on evolutionary theory, you also will not find arguments that defend a creationist viewpoint.

Notebook pages are included for every lesson, and for each lesson students will do one or more labs with a corresponding notebook page. Labs reinforce the concepts in the reading and teach new material, so it is important to try to do all of them. The first notebook page in the lesson is the story page, which contains basic information about the concept being taught. New vocabulary words are underlined, and previously introduced vocabulary will be in italics. An instruction page is included for every lab. This is for the parent/teacher and has a prompt to read aloud to the child, a list of materials, the procedure, discussion questions, possible answers, and extensions for the lab. The page following is the lab sheet for the student. This will be filled out as the child works through the lab. All pages are perforated for easy removal. You can punch holes in the pages and put them in a 3-ring binder as the student does them. At the end of the academic year, students will have a wonderful, fact-filled notebook of their own work. You can copy notebook pages for your family if you're working with more than one child. If you don't want to copy, you purchase just the student pages separately.

Instructions on how to use R.E.A.L. Science are found in the front of the book. Journaling ideas are included in Life Science and Earth & Space Science to help students develop the skill of keeping a science notebook. A website list is included so you can research topics as your child shows interest. A book list is also included for additional reading, should it be desired. An glossary of vocabulary words is included at the back of the book.

A materials list for lessons is printed at the front of each book, so you can plan what you need in advance. Most materials are easily accessible, but a few special items are recommended. For Life Science, you will need field guides, a gram scale or triple beam balance, butterfly habitat, thermometer, glass eyedropper, binoculars, garden snails, earthworms, butterfly larvae, spiders, and pill bugs. For Earth and Space Science you will need a thermometer, inflatable globe, R.E.A.L. Science rock and mineral kit (we offer two possibilities), triple beam balance or gram scale, and binoculars. For Chemistry, you will need a gram scale, a science or kitchen thermometer, insulated copper wires, and a stopwatch.

Level 2 of the Science Odyssey curriculum is now being developed. Biology is the first to hit the market and consists of two required books - student book, and teacher guide. Printed in black and white, this 750+ page Student Book is divided into 7 units - organisms, cells, genetics, anatomy & physiology, evolution (pro-evolution), ecology, and classification. Appendices include tests, essay worksheet, "How to use Punnett Squares," and attribution of sources. An extensive glossary offers definitions for the vocabulary found in the lessons. Labs are abundant in this course - general labs and optional microscope labs offer hands-on application of concepts.

The Teacher Guide offers weekly schedules, learning goals, resource lists, math concepts related to each lab, lesson review using some information not found in the Student Book, and answer keys. Guidelines for grading and detailed materials lists for each lab are also printed.

As I said previously, this is an impressive program. Although written to be used with the Classical Approach, this is an excellent program for any hands-on learner. It covers the right topics, in the right way, at the right time. If you want a science program that you can sink your hands into, give R.E.A.L. Science a try. - Donna


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

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Why did you choose this?
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homeschooling using REAL Science Odyssey Earth & Environment curriculum.
Caitlin C on Sep 8, 2020
It is a companion for the science curriculum I chose.
carol b on Jul 22, 2020
homeschooling using REAL Science Odyssey Earth & Environment curriculum.
Caitlin C on Sep 8, 2020
Needed it for REAL Science Earth and Space
Kenneth L on Aug 5, 2020
It is a companion for the science curriculum I chose.
carol b on Jul 22, 2020
Using RSO curriculum as part of Torchlight.
Alice D on Jun 14, 2020
To accompany our RSO curriculum
Katie h on May 27, 2020
It is required for the REAL Science Odyssey - Earth & Environment 1
Jessica H on May 5, 2020
Need it for a geology class
Shelley G on May 2, 2020
My son is into rocks right now, so we are going to try and take time to learn about them this summer.
Jessica R on Apr 29, 2020
to accompany our REAL science curriculum.
Hilary M on Apr 23, 2020
I'm a teacher. Needed it for a class
Afshan H on Apr 15, 2020
Our family has thoroughly enjoyed the REAL Science Odyssey series, and this particular resource was needed to complete several of the labs within Earth & Environmental Science. Considering these samples look sizable and they are being used repeatedly throughout the geological portion of the curriculum, I found it very reasonable to have this set on hand for learning and exploration.
Jennifer G on Mar 10, 2020
Because I use R.E.A.L science at home and it is needed for the lab.
Mereta P on Feb 28, 2020
REAL Science Odyssey
Janelle W on Jan 23, 2020
Using their curriculum.
Jessica G on Oct 8, 2019
It was the kit recommended for Earth and Environment course.
Sarah M on Sep 19, 2019
We are using the RSO Level One Program for school this year in our homeschool curriculum, its nice that the rock and mineral portion available in kit form. Makes it much easier to facilitate and execute this amazing science curriculum.
Chari T on Sep 13, 2019
Fits with my lesson plan.
Jennifer R on Sep 11, 2019
Using REAL Science curriculum that supports it.
Jennifer R on Aug 22, 2019
To use with RSO Earth & Environmental
Heather S on Aug 9, 2019
To use with REAL Science Odyssey Earth and Environment 1
Jaime B on Aug 4, 2019
This is to supplement the RSO Earth and Space Level One curriculum.
Tammy T on Aug 2, 2019
For a tutorial class being offered this year.
Amy E on Jul 18, 2019
This kit has all the items needed for the R.E.A.L Earth and Environment curriculum.
Sabrina A on Jul 17, 2019
We are completing the REAL Science Earth curriculum.
Hillary E on May 28, 2019
For use with Real Science Odyssey Earth Science curriculum.
Amy C on Mar 20, 2019
Suggested by publisher.
Quenetta G on Mar 3, 2019
It was recommended on the Pandia Press website. After searching other websites, I found that this was the best deal for this particular rock kit.
Jennifer C on Mar 2, 2019
Matched my curriculum
Janessa A on Jan 27, 2019
I clicked on this link from the Pandia Press website to go along with our science curriculum.
Keely S on Jan 7, 2019
To go along with Level 1 Earth and Science from R.E.A.L. Science
Summer H on Dec 17, 2018
It looked like a good gift that my young grandkids could take on hikes with their parents.
salvatore t on Dec 12, 2018
It is a needed item for R.E.A.L. Science Earth and Environment
Kristin R on Oct 5, 2018
Needed for a homeschool course
sandy L on Oct 3, 2018
This product was recommended by our homeschool science curriculum.
Karen K on Sep 30, 2018
Needed for RSO Earth curriculum.
Christine B on Sep 25, 2018
It was listed as a supply needed to go along with our REAL Science Earth & Space Curriculum Textbook. I love the idea of my kids having these to see & touch as they learn about each one.
Lindsay L on Sep 7, 2018
To accompany our R.E.A.L. Science curriculum.
Bethanna R on Aug 18, 2018
This looked to be like the only item from the list needed for the curriculum that i couldn't find elsewhere and Rainbow Resource Center had the best price, hands down.
Melinda on Aug 8, 2018
To complete RSP's Earth and Environment curriculum.
Catherine B on May 29, 2018
Recommended for REAL science. Awesome program!
Amanda H on May 24, 2018
I purchased this to go with the RSO Earth and Environment book.
Amy B on Apr 4, 2018
For REAL Science curriculum
Leslie O on Oct 3, 2017
Required for RSO Earth and Space science.
Becky on Sep 5, 2017
To complete R.E.A.L Science Odyssey Earth Science curriculum.
Kelly A on Mar 18, 2017
I need it for my lessons.
Amy G on Nov 2, 2016
To accompany R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey Earth & Space.
Jeff B on Oct 17, 2016
rso earth and space curriculum
User on Sep 16, 2016
The R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey curriculum is wonderful, and to have the rock and mineral kit, already put together, and at such an affordable price makes this homeschooling mom's job a little bit easier!
Mahalia J on Sep 9, 2016
this kit goes with the science curriculum that we use.
Brian P on Sep 2, 2016
My son loves rocks.
Dean B on Aug 23, 2016
Needed it for REAL Science Earth and Space
Kenneth L on Aug 5, 2020
Using RSO curriculum as part of Torchlight.
Alice D on Jun 14, 2020
When will this be available?
A shopper on Nov 15, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We think it will be at least until after the first of the year (2021). We have had difficulty sourcing the components.
How big are the rock samples?
AMANDA on Mar 10, 2020
BEST ANSWER: They are small-an inch and under. The whole kit with all the samples is in a small box that's about 9" x 6" x 2"
Does it contain a streak plate?
J on Jul 14, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes, ours included a streak plate. It is very small, but it still worked. I was able to use it with a class of 8 students.
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Love this!
We really love this rock kit! Only problem was the samples weren't in listed order and several of the numbers on the stickers had rubbed off, which lead to a little initial investigation work, but that part was fun too.
September 27, 2016
over 4 years ago
Great Product; Better Packaging Required
If you use R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey then this is the easiest way to get the rocks you need to do the experiments as set out in the book. The samples were a good size and had everything required - even the coin required (important for me since we live outside the US). My only complaint is that I feel the rock samples themselves should have been better protected for postage (perhaps tissues put in each compartment?). Some of them broke and chipped during the shipping process, which was disappointing.
February 7, 2016
over 4 years ago
great mineral kit
very nice product--really enjoyed doing the mineral identification labs in conjunction with the book
December 13, 2015
over 5 years ago

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