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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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. 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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5 to 9
Elementary/High School
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Pandia Press
1.15 (lbs.)
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Randolph S on Apr 25, 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
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 H 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
Homeschooling K-5th and this curricula has super ratings from home schooling families.
User on Mar 5, 2020
Best rated secular science curriculum.
Sini T on Jun 16, 2019
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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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 2 years ago
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 2 years ago
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 4 years ago
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 4 years ago
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
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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