Building Blocks of Science 4

Grades: 4th

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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 4?
Exploring the Building Blocks of Science Book 4 Student Textbook has 22 chapters and introduces students to how chemistry, biology, physics, astronomy, and geology are used to study the planet we live on and the cosmos. Students learn about chemical reactions, states of matter, heat, vertebrates, invertebrates, arthropods, waves, sound, light, Earth's cycles, ecology, natural resources, space exploration, 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 chemical bonding, exploring states of matter, making a field notebook, observing frog and butterfly life cycles, exploring sound vibration, making waves, exploring renewable energy sources, monitoring trash output and recycling, using parallax, building a robot, 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.

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 4 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: 195
    Chapters: 22
    Format: Hardcover
    Size: 8.5" x 11"

    Teacher's Manual
    Pages: 70
    Experiments: 22
    Format: Softcover
    Size: 8.5" x 11"

    The Laboratory Notebook guides your child through real data-driven, hands-on experiments
    Pages: 210
    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

    Building Blocks of Science Review by Mama Smiles

    review by Mama Smiles

    ”The Building Blocks of Science curriculum does a great job of talking about scientific phenomena you can’t see with a human eye.”

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    Customer Reviews

    Based on 11 reviews

    Horrible curriculum, first lab is finding and taking apart a cell phone. Lab Kit comes with low grade supplies. See attached picture of the jellybeans required and the jellybeans supplied. It just got worse from there. 4/7 experiments have been a failure due to low quality supplies. My son is always so excited to do experiments, but he is left disappointed, and I’m left frustrated.

    Thank you for taking the time to leave a review! We are so sorry for your disappointment! After reading your and other's reviews expressing frustration with the jellybean experiment, we contacted the lab kits' makers and passed on the issues you all have with the components. We look forward to them being able to revamp what is included in the next year's kits, so it will not be a continued issue. I am so sorry for all the frustration it caused. Thank you again for your feedback; customers like you are part of what keeps Timberdoodle Crazy Smart!

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    Brittany H.
    Highly recommend

    This is such a great program...especially if you want a very solid scientific base in your homeschool curriculum. Fairly advanced, but top notch quality.

    Nancy Y.

    I knew my daughter loves science but with Building Blocks of Science Bundle, we took it to the next level. In just 3 days, we finished two chapters and did one experiment. We are enjoying the experiments a lot. I will sure buy for next year.


    This is ok. My child is learning and does enjoy making the little books that they glue together.

    Ashley C.
    Building Blocks of Science 4

    I wish this product had more content. What it does have is engaging and fun and is written very well for the growing mind to understand.