Building Blocks of Science 1

Building Blocks of Science 1

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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 1?
Exploring the Building Blocks of Science Book 1 has 22 chapters, with four chapters about each of the five core science subjects (chemistry, biology, physics, geology, and astronomy), plus an introductory and a concluding chapter. Topics include a general introduction to science, an overview of the scientific method, and how chemistry, biology, physics, astronomy, and geology all participate in shaping the field of study we call science. Students learn about atoms and how atoms combine to form molecules; how chemical reactions work; the difference between living and non-living organisms; what viruses and bacteria are and where they live; what force, work, and energy are and how they're related; the rocks and minerals that form our planet; volcanoes and earthquakes; Earth, the Moon, the Sun, and our solar system; and much more.

Experiments include: observing chemistry in everyday life, making model molecules, sorting objects, observing living and nonliving things, exploring the concept of work in physics, testing gravitational stored energy, observing dirt and rocks, exploring lava flows, modeling solar and lunar eclipses, observing the Moon, and many more.

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 1 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 1 here.

    Publisher's Information:

    Student Textbook
    Pages: 195
    Format: Hardcover
    Chapters: 22

    Teacher's Manual
    Pages: 94
    Format: Softcover
    Experiments: 22

    The Laboratory Notebook guides your child through real data-driven, hands-on experiments
    Pages: 238
    Format: Softcover
    Chapters: 22
    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 31 reviews
    Jennifer A.
    Decent program

    Some of this program is good but I feel that the lab and study notebook portions could have been better. The experiments could have been more fun and more hands on. Some of the “experiments” are way too long. We would have appreciated more actual interactive science lab activities. The study notebook is not useful in my opinion and could have been such a great tool. It’s a lot of filling in word blanks from the text book.

    Rachel H.
    Touches Upon All the Science

    I really enjoyed this book. My 4yo and 6yo did not have any issues sitting and listening to an entire chapter at a time so, we would read through a full chapter (maybe 5-10 mins worth of reading depending on the chapter) and then complete the accompanying experiment. I liked that the book included all of the different types of Science and that the experiments reinforced what we read in the book. Each experiment also had an optional stretch activity that allowed us to continue experimenting if we were really into a particular topic (like the Rube Goldberg type experiment to explain Physics). The experiment activity book did ask for a lot of writing. Since we had covered a lot of writing already earlier in the day, I would fill in the book for him.

    Not a fan

    This was far too much writing for our little one. We ended up only reading the text book and doing a few of the experiments. The lab book, questions and study guides is just far too much for this age group. In theory this book is great for little ones but all the add ons are far too much.

    Not for us

    Too much writing for my sons liking. Time consuming and boring to me.

    Sean P.
    Not really suitable for a 6 year old

    I understand the intentions are good for this program but honestly it’s way too much and too complicated for a 6 year old to understand most of these concepts. And there is a LOT of repetition and writing which my 6 year old is only learning to do now. More than a sentence or 2 is enough for her but this book requires pages of writing. The concepts are very abstract and it is quite boring unfortunately. I ended up buying a few different Science workbooks off Amazon that cover more interesting topics for her age like plant life cycles and animals with lots of pictures and fun cutting and drawing activities. This one I would recommend for 8 years plus.