R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey: Earth and Space Level 1

R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey: Earth and Space Level 1

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ISBN: 9780976605737
Grades: 1-4

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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


Category Description for COMPREHENSIVE SCIENCE PROGRAMS:

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
Science
Grade Start
1
Grade End
4
ISBN
9780976605737
Binding
Perfect
Language
English
Audience
Elementary/High School
Format
Softcover Book
Brand Name
Pandia Press
Weight
2.15 (lbs.)
Dimensions
11.0" x 8.5" x 0.75"
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Based on reviews the lessons seem simple but interactive and fun. I liked that most experiments use household materials.
Julie C on Aug 7, 2020
Seems to be hands on and interactive. Secular Learning Science Model
Paola G on Jul 24, 2020
Based on reviews the lessons seem simple but interactive and fun. I liked that most experiments use household materials.
Julie C on Aug 7, 2020
We really love this program!
Olga A on Aug 6, 2020
Seems to be hands on and interactive. Secular Learning Science Model
Paola G on Jul 24, 2020
This is our first year homeschooling, and my children grade 1 and grade 4 are interested in earth science focusing on the solar system and space. I felt this secular material appeared to cover enough topics to engage them in a topic they wanted, and also teach some related topics while doing hands on labs. It seemed to get favorable reviews among parents.
carol b on Jul 22, 2020
Seems like well rounded secular material
Catherine M on Jul 18, 2020
We enjoyed the "Life" section of this curriculum and wanted to move on with our science studies. I like the wide age range since I teach my two children together.
Hannah B on Mar 25, 2019
It was recommended by a friend.
Joanna M on Jan 25, 2019
We choose to go with this curriculum because we used the Chemistry R.E.A.L Science Odyssey for 3rd grade and we absolutely loved it. Im very hopeful that we will be just as happy with this one.
Shyenne H on Apr 13, 2018
I am a Christian who believes in science. This curriculum has gotten good reviews from secular homeschoolers, and my upcoming second grader is interested in the subject matter.
Elsa E on Mar 12, 2018
I purchased this because I need a secular science course that is economical as well. Lots of hands on. I wish this science series had some photos instead of just drawings.
Veda H on Aug 14, 2017
I was recommended by a friend.
Pamela G on Jun 27, 2017
It was recommended by our Global Village School's Education Specialist for our daughter and son.
Ami R on May 25, 2017
Because it was the only truly secular Science program I could find.
Etheena H on Apr 27, 2017
I chose this item because this is the science curriculum that is being used in our co-op but the final decision was made because of a review that I read from the publishers website. The review was straight forward and to the point without a lot of fill in words. This also another reason why I decided to join out co-op.
Jodi P on Sep 26, 2016
I used R.E.A.L science odyssey Life (level 1) this year. We enjoyed it very much and want to continue using Science Odyssey for 2nd grace.
Raena R on Apr 11, 2016
We have been using RSO level 1 Life and we love it. I am looking forward to starting this one.
Dianne M on Apr 10, 2016
because I home school and book is simple to follow
Tahira S on Jan 6, 2016
We really love this program!
Olga A on Aug 6, 2020
This is our first year homeschooling, and my children grade 1 and grade 4 are interested in earth science focusing on the solar system and space. I felt this secular material appeared to cover enough topics to engage them in a topic they wanted, and also teach some related topics while doing hands on labs. It seemed to get favorable reviews among parents.
carol b on Jul 22, 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
R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey: Earth and Space Level 1
R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey: Earth and Space Level 1
R.E.A.L. Science - Life (Level 1)
R.E.A.L. Science - Life (Level 1)
R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey - Earth & Environment 1
R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey - Earth & Environment 1
R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey - Astronomy 1
R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey - Astronomy 1
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.
Regarding the student pages within the main book - if you tear them out, will you tear our discussion pages or are there blank sides to accommodate tearing out the student pages as needed?
Noelia on Jun 19, 2020
BEST ANSWER: No, you will not tear out any discussion. The student pages are either double-sided (with activities) or single-sided with a blank back-side.
Is there a kit that comes with this curriculum for the experiments?
A shopper on May 1, 2019
BEST ANSWER: You have to order it separately. A lot of the items are household. But I found it convenient to know I had them when I needed them. My son loved this, and so did I. I need a curriculum without a lot of prep work. This was fun and easy!!
if i purchase this and the student pages, do i need to also purchase a teachers manual?
User on Mar 9, 2016
R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey: Earth and Space Level 1
R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey: Earth and Space Level 1
R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey: Life Level 1 Student Pages
R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey: Life Level 1 Student Pages
BEST ANSWER: Yes because it gives you details on what each lab is goof to consist of. It also gives more information and detail than what the pages do. Hope this helps.
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Absolutely FANTASTIC!
I have been so pleased with R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey as a solid, fun, interactive curriculum for our family. My sons are 6 and 8 (1st and 3rd grade) and we had been looking for a science program to fit our needs for a while. We previously used Moving Beyond the Page, but the expense was too great, but I always loved the hands on and creative ways that program taught concepts. I feel like I have finally found another program that embraces a similar teaching method! The lessons are relatively short, most don't take too much prep time and the kids have a lot of FUN with them while learning. I love that the guide gives suggested books to go along with each unit (both story books and non-fiction titles to supplement with). I feel like we found just the right curriculum with this brand and plan to continue through all the topics because we have been so pleased. Since we are using this with two children, I did purchase the extra student pack and am glad I spent the extra money on additional work pages so I wouldn't have to scan and print the work pages for every lesson.
Overall, I highly recommend this program to any family that wants a hands science program that incorporates really fun activities to teach science!
September 19, 2017
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over 3 years ago
Less reading more experiments
The book is very light, my 2nd grader can do it all by herself. The experiments are easy to follow.
December 18, 2015
Purchased
over 4 years ago
I love this book and so do my children I used it with a 1st 2nd and 4th grader this year and plan to use it again when my younger children are ready Science should be fun and it should be hands on REAL Science Odyssey does just that You aren't bogged down with lots of boring text books to read In fact there is very little to read although there are suggestions of books you can get at your local library to go with each lesson The experiments are fun easy to follow and actually work! The student pages are included in the book so you don't have to buy them separate unless you need more than one This is the science curriculum I have been searching for for 5 years
April 21, 2015


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