Building Blocks of Science 2

Building Blocks of Science 2

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About Real Science-4-Kids Building Blocks of Science
Kids ask real science questions. Building Blocks of Science enables them to discover real science answers. Because science disciplines are so interlaced, to learn one subject requires a foundational understanding of another. Building Blocks of Science addresses this by introducing students to the five core scientific disciplines of chemistry, biology, physics, geology, and astronomy.

With Building Blocks of Science, students learn science in a sequential and logical order, beginning with basic building blocks of science and expanding on these as they advance in grade level. Hands-on experiments for each chapter encourage critical thinking, experimentation, and creativity.

Exploring the Building Blocks of Science is a year-long graded program for grades 1-7 covering all five core disciplines each year. It’s based on an upward-spiral teaching method where disciplines are repeatedly visited and built upon over months and across grades, which is proven to lead to better long-term mastery of facts and concepts.

Building Blocks of Science is written to accommodate both secular and Christian homeschoolers. The publisher, Real Science-4-Kids, has received several awards, including the Practical Homeschooling Reader Awards. The study bundles contain a student textbook, teacher’s manual, and laboratory notebook, as well as printable lesson plans, quizzes, and a study notebook. See our optional lab kit here.

What Topics are Covered in Book 2?
Exploring the Building Blocks of Science Book 2 Student Textbook has 22 chapters and introduces students to the basic tools used in chemistry, biology, physics, astronomy, and geology. Students learn about the microscope, how hammers and lenses are used to study rocks and minerals, and how telescopes and spacecraft help astronomers study the universe. Students also explore acids and bases, chemical reactions, protists, fungi, forces, mass, inertia, linear and curved motion, the geosphere and atmosphere, constellations, the solar system, stars, and much more.

Students begin open inquiry with suggested questions found in the Teacher’s Manual which also contains directions for guiding the experiments. The Laboratory Notebook contains 22 experiments that explore topics covered in the Student Text. Some experiments include: testing acids and bases, observing protists with a microscope, exploring linear and curved motion, using hammers for geology, modeling Earth's layers, building a telescope, tracking constellations, and much more. The books have 4 chapters of each of the 5 core science subjects (chemistry, biology, physics, geology, and astronomy) and an introductory and a concluding chapter for a total of 22 chapters. If you would like a convenient, time-saving way to get nearly all of the materials you will need for the experiments, we now offer a lab kit! This lab kit is already assembled with virtually every non-household item the curriculum requires, so you won't have to go searching for elusive components.

Building Blocks of Science Laboratory Notebook
The Building Blocks Laboratory Notebook includes the 5 core science subjects (chemistry, biology, physics, geology, and astronomy) integrated into one softcover notebook.

The Laboratory Notebook is meant to accompany the Building Blocks Student Textbook and Building Blocks Teacher’s Manual for one year of study.

  • There are (22) experiments in each Laboratory Notebook that align to the chapters in the Student Textbook.
  • There are also (22) optional “Just for Fun” experiments.
  • Students perform their own experiments and collect their own data.
  • Students record their data directly in the Lab Notebook.
  • Features
    Study Bundle Includes:
    Three books:
  • A full-color, hardcover Student Textbook that your child reads to learn the building blocks of science
  • A softcover Laboratory Notebook that guides your child through real data-driven, hands-on experiments
  • A softcover Teacher’s Manual that contains information about how to set up the laboratory experiment and lists the materials needed

  • Plus the following digital products:
  • A Study Notebook that contains activities to help reinforce each lesson and provides a place for the student to record their ideas
  • An adjustable Lesson Plan to help you create the schedule that works for you
  • A Quiz set with 2 midterms and a final exam

  • View Building Blocks of Science Book 2 Sample. Sample set includes 3 chapters each of the student text, teacher’s manual, and laboratory workbook, plus the corresponding chapters for the lesson plan, study notebook, quiz question, and graphics package.

    Not sure if this is the right level for your student? Check out this assessment chart.

    Get the optional Lab Kit for Building Blocks of Science here.

    Publisher's Information:

    Student Textbook
    Pages: 155
    Chapters: 22
    Format: Hardcover
    Size: 8.5" x 11"

    Teacher's Manual
    Pages: 83
    Experiments: 22
    Format: Softcover
    Size: 8.5" x 11"

    The Laboratory Notebook guides your child through real data-driven, hands-on experiments

    Pages: 224
    Chapters: 22
    Format: Softcover
    Size: 8.5" x 11"
    Publisher: Real Science-4-Kids
    Faith-Based: No

    Study Notebook
    Format: Downloadable product (student prints and assembles)
    Layout: Full-color (pdf)
    Answer Key: Black and white with instructions (pdf)

    Lesson Plan
    Format: Downloadable product (you print)
    Layout: Full-color (pdf)
    Format: Downloadable product (you print)
    Includes: (2) Midterm Quizzes (chapters 1-11 and 12-22), plus (1) Final Quiz
    Layout: Black and white (pdf)

    Publisher: Real Science-4-Kids
    Faith-Based: No

    Customer Reviews

    Based on 14 reviews
    Toni F.
    His favorite subject

    Science is my sons favorite subject but I wasn't very into science in school. Even I love learning science now while I'm teaching my son about it. He loves the labs as well

    Instructions to the teacher unclear

    We ended up stopping this program around mid-year. There were things I liked and things I didn't. In the end, it just didn't work out for us. We supplemented with various science lessons from other places and next year I will hope to use a program that will last the year. These are my pros/cons:
    -The student lab book and Teacher book go well together. And the student book has a lot of space for writing thoughts and/or drawing what is observed.
    -There's a lab kit that goes along with this you can buy that can give you most of the things you need. However, not everything.
    -There's a textbook that I have no idea what to do with. There's no instruction for it, and the textbook order doesn't really follow along with the lab book and teacher book. We started just reading it and it seemed boring and advanced for my student. Also, again, I didn't know what it had to do with the rest of the books. It just didn't make sense. There needs to be more instruction to the teachers on HOW to teach this. Unless I'm missing something...
    -There's a ton of random extra things to download and print off. While this is a great idea to have extras to enrich the lessons, it didn't really explain everything. It also was a LOT to print. Tons of ink wasted because we didn't even use any part of the printed stuff. It would have been nice to have an explanation of what it is exactly and HOW to use it.


    This wasn't the worse science program we've had, but I thought it could have been better. Some parts were fun and interesting while others were a real snooze. I also didn't like all the additional things you need to acquire to do the experiments. I wish I knew I needed a microscope before purchasing the program.

    Not For Us

    Our learners were bored with this curriculum and made science a chore. We stuck with it for 15 weeks because we paid for it and didn't want the curriculum to go to waste. However, we finally switched and found a better fit for us.

    Brittany H.

    We love Building Blocks of Science. It is very thorough and a bit advanced but definitely provides a solid foundation of science that goes above and beyond most elementary programs.