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 12 reviews

    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.


    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.

    Great science curriculum

    Each lesson holds so much to do that I have to cover it over 2 weeks. Coming from the science field, I love how in depth this science curriculum is. Although it is a lot of information, it is kept at an understandable level for my son. He thoroughly enjoys the experiments. I did purchase the experiment kit and so happy that I did. It is so helpful to have everything in one bundle.

    Not loving it

    My daughter and I are struggling with this science program. It feels disjointed and isn't as easy to follow as it seems (I admit, science isn't my favorite but I have been really trying with this program). We just did the third experiment on bases and acids. It was entertaining and worked pretty well however neither my daughter nor I could answer my husband's first question when she told him about the experiment, "what's an acid?" Duh! Why hadn't I realized we didn't even discuss the basic definitions before we jumped in to figuring out how to identify them. All she knows (based on the book) is that purple cabbage water turns acids pink, bases green, and a bunch of "neutrals" purple-ish, though that really isn't discussed in the book either. Instead, it discusses atoms and molecules, almost out of left field. I am new at home school, so maybe I have missed something or made an assumption I shouldn't have. I also find all of the files to print confusing and frustrating (ink is expensive!). And, finally, the lesson plan "guide" (a download) gives guidance on how to incorporate science daily, yet the Timberdoodle Scheduler doesn't line up with that. I get that I can make adjustments as I need to work for us- it's just (again) "disjointed" for the first timer.

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