Building Blocks of Science 5

Building Blocks of Science 5

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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 5?
Exploring the Building Blocks of Science Book 5 Student Textbook has 22 chapters and gives students an in-depth look at the atomic model and periodic table, chemical bonding, how to define living organisms, biological cells, viruses, bacteria, force, energy, and work, plate tectonics, volcanoes and earthquakes, Earth's layers, the Moon and the Sun, terrestrial and Jovian planets, and much more.

Students begin open inquiry with suggested questions found in the Teacher’s Manual, which also has directions for guiding the experiments. The Laboratory Notebook contains 22 experiments that explore topics covered in the Student Text. Experiments include modeling molecules, identifying chemical reactions, observing the effects of enzymes on starch, preparing agar plates and testing for bacteria, exploring gravitational potential energy, understanding the concept of work, observing the environment, testing minerals, modeling plate tectonics, observing constellations, modeling lunar and solar eclipses, and much more. Each book has 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 5 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: 214
    Chapters: 22
    Format: Hardcover
    Size: 8.5" x 11"

    Teacher's Manual
    Pages: 88
    Experiments: 22
    Format: Softcover
    Size: 8.5" x 11"

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

    Pages: 236
    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 4 reviews
    Textbook is Fantastic! Lab book is VERY writing Intense.

    Text book is entertaining to read and has really fun cartoons. I like how it also covers the history of science to keep my history kiddo involved. However, the labs are super writing intense even for my 5th graders (though I got the text for my reading and science advanced 3rd grader). Moving forward I would probably only get one lab book and let them take turns filling out questions as well as alternating with some Notebooking assignments.

    Great Science Program

    All three of my kids are using this program. It's easy to follow and sparks great conversations. The experiments are a bit more writing heavy than they are in the lower levels, however, that makes sense for an older kid. It's a great way to tie in other skills!


    My daughter was pretty excited when we got the program, but once we started doing it the excitement left. She didn't like all of the writing that was involved and there wasn't enough clear direction for her. She is my little scientist and loves to learn the what's and why's and complexities of things, but there just wasn't enough of that for her. She found it very frustrating. I have no doubt that this program is going to be great for kids; it just wasn't the right fit for mine.

    Building Blocks of Science 5

    We personally enjoyed the 4th grade science books better. She doesn't like all the writing this on requires. She wants more of the other books the subject had.