R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey - Physics Level 1

R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey - Physics Level 1

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Item #: 062178
ISBN: 9780979849695
Grades: 3-6

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RSO Physics (level one) is appropriate for 3rd through 6th grade. This comprehensive course presents complicated physics concepts in a way that young people can comprehend and immediately apply to everyday play and work. Topics covered include the study of matter, motion, friction, work, sound and wave, magnetism, electricity, and even a glimpse into the quantum world. Students will not only learn Newton's three laws of motion, but they will experiment with them and develop simple models of real-world applications such as rockets, auto safety, and electric motors. The course book offers a full-year curriculum, including all of the lesson pages, parent/teacher instructions, and lab worksheets.

The following is a list of topics your child will learn during the year while completing Physics (level one). Each topic is introduced with a lesson story that is read aloud by the parent or instructor. Each lesson is followed by 1 to 5 hands-on activity labs that reinforce the material and introduce science terminology and age-appropriate math. Remember your child will also be having a whole lot of fun. Also included in this scope are laughing, playing, exploring, reading, singing, and begging for more RSO!

What is Physics?

  • Scientific method
  • Types of physicists


  • Mass
  • Density
  • Volume

Newton's Laws

  • Forces
  • Issac Newton
  • Inertia
  • Velocity
  • Momentum
  • Rocket ships


  • Friction
  • Everyday applications of friction


  • Energy: kinetic and potential
  • Simple machines: planes, wedges, stairs, screws, levers, wheel & axle, pulleys


  • Properties of air
  • Air pressure
  • Hot air
  • Weight, drag, thrust, and lift
  • Bernoulli's principle: how planes fly

Energy and Waves

  • Waves
  • Sound waves: amplitude and height
  • Wavelength
  • Amplification
  • Ren Laennec


  • Magnetic field
  • Action-at-a-distance
  • Quantitative and qualitative observations
  • Magnetic poles
  • Ferromagnetic
  • Earth's magnetic field and poles


  • Atoms: composition and the timeline of discovery
  • Static electricity
  • Electrical current
  • Electrical circuit: series and parallel
  • Electromagnetism

New Worlds

  • Einstein's theories of relativity
  • Quantum physics
  • Thomas Young and Erwin Schrodinger

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.

Category Description for R.E.A.L. Physics (Gr. 3-6):

Physics is the newest in the R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey Level 1 series. Following the same format as the other Level 1 topics, you will find everything you need between the two covers. There are 9 units for this topic and plenty of labs for kinesthetic learners. A suggested schedule is found in the front of the book. Labs can be done with very accessible items. A few things you may not have laying around the house are a spring scale (5-10 lb. capacity), iron filings, electricity supplies such as a D-cell battery holder (2 needed) and a miniature light bulb and socket (One from an old flashlight works best; not an LED), and a laser light. Remember that the student pages are reproducible for multiple children within your family. ~ Donna

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Secular, good reviews
Marie R on Jul 31, 2019
LOVED the Chemistry book and we want more!
Wendy G on Mar 27, 2018
Secular, good reviews
Marie R on Jul 31, 2019
Love REAL Science Odyssey
erin d on Jul 30, 2019
LOVED the Chemistry book and we want more!
Wendy G on Mar 27, 2018
Like Pandia Press books. I've used other of their books
Chad T on Mar 19, 2018
Disappointed they didn't have the middle school version, but we love REAL Science so happy they have at least this for Physics!
kristin a on Mar 2, 2018
I needed a good physics curriculum for my children. This one is highly recommended in secular homeschool groups, and the price at Rainbow Resource was the best.
Jennifer N on Oct 3, 2017
Good reviews and liked what I saw in the samples.
Sailaja D on Oct 1, 2017
Used them in the past - Kids and I both enjoy it. Appreciate a secular science option.
Stephanie W on Aug 14, 2017
I have been using Real Science Odyssey since 2 years ago. It has a very good curriculum and script teaching.
Pungki B on May 19, 2017
I have used the Life Science and Chemistry books in the past. Love the simple lab applications done with items I usually already have.
Marla H on Aug 26, 2016
I choose this because I *think* it is a secular all-in-one science curriculum that will work for my 8 year old.
Karen L on Aug 13, 2016
Really like R.E.A.L Science
Doreen L on Jul 1, 2016
We have used this science curriculum in the past and love it. It goes very in-depth and includes a lot of hands-on activities w/ materials that are readily available.
Jackson T on Mar 10, 2016
Love REAL Science Odyssey
erin d on Jul 30, 2019
Like Pandia Press books. I've used other of their books
Chad T on Mar 19, 2018
is this the same book as the one with the boy on the skateboard?
A shopper on Aug 18, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Not exactly - but it will be. We are currently out of stock waiting on the new version - which we expect any day now. At that point, we will have the new ones and the graphic will be updated.
Does this have a teacher edition?
User on Jul 9, 2018
BEST ANSWER: There is no separate teacher edition. All you need as an instructor is included in the package. There are notebook pages that you read together, student pages that the child fills in, and list of instructions and simple explanations for the experiments that is only for the teacher. There are also lists of recommended and supplemental books, websites, lists of materials needed for each week, breakdown of subject area, etc., at the beginning of the package.
Is this a binded book or is it loose pages?
User on Jun 8, 2018
BEST ANSWER: It is not in a binder and it does not have loose pages. Each page, however, is perforated so that you can remove the pages in order to hole-punch and put in a binder, if you like. Be careful though as the pages don't always come out as easily as you hope. I found breaking the spine of the book helped to reach the perforation more easily.
Does the book come with the student pages journal?
A shopper on Aug 15, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The workbook has integrated student pages inside, but no separate student pages journal. If you don't want to write inside the book (if you want to use it for multiple children or want to be able to re-sell it later), you need to either order the student pages separately or photocopy them out of the book.
Is this the revised edition?
A shopper on Jul 7, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, the copyright was updated in 2017
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