Packed full of serious science and loads of fun, RSO is an incremental program that incorporates mathematics, scientific method, and science terminology as it gently builds on itself. Each topic in the RSO series of books is presented in an entertaining story-like format and is followed by hands-on activities along with background science information, parent instructions, labs, reading lists, journaling ideas, and websites. Comprehensive in scope, this full science curriculum incorporates notebooking with lab experiments and review.
RSO level one infuses scientific method and age-appropriate mathematics in every course. Students learn how to speculate, hypothesize, experiment, and conclude, while observation skills are developed through sketch drawings and written descriptions. Analytical skills are encouraged through comparing, forming questions, and interpretations. Students will make age-appropriate calculations, plot results, make graphs, and diagram information, just like R.E.A.L. scientists!
REAL Life Chemistry covers atoms, the periodic table, elements, molecules, matter, chemical reactions, genetics, and more. Instructor sheets are included with supply lists, procedure instructions, and "read-aloud" instruction/mini-lesson. Students then receive a story-lesson that presents science vocabulary in context, and is followed by 1-4 hands-on lab activities that often include charts, questions, or room to record findings, observations, and discussions.
Each book of RSO level one is a complete one-year science curriculum if used one or two times a week. Level 1 is appropriate for Grades 2-5. 430 pages, softcover. Revised edition.