RealScience-4-Kids is a comprehensive science curriculum geared towards the elementary grade levels. The Elementary set includes basic Chemistry, Biology and Physics. In this set, fundamental concepts are introduced and will begin to form a solid science foundation. Upon completion of this set the students should be able to answer questions such as:
- What is an atom?
- What is a molecule?
- What is a pure substance and what is a mixture?
- What are the parts of a plant or an animal?
- How do we classify living things?
- What is inside a cell?
- What is energy and how is it converted between its various forms?
- What is force and work?
- What is an electromagnet?
Each of the three sections contains ten chapters divided into two parts. The first part of each chapter is a short introduction of basic science concepts and fundamental facts. The second part is a hands-on activity designed to incorporate the concepts introduced in the first part of the chapter. These are actual science experiments in which students propose a hypothesis, collect and record data, and finally state conclusions based on the data they've collected. In this section, the students are instructed how to keep a laboratory notebook, how to collect and analyze data, how to use "controls" and "unknowns", and how to state valid conclusions. Each chapter concludes with a review of terms that reinforces the science facts presented in each chapter.
The Middle School set expands and deepens the concepts presented in the Elementary set. It overlaps so that multiple grade levels can be taught simultaneously. Upon completion of this set the students should have a solid foundation of science facts, and have learned the ability to think critically about scientific experimentation and theory.
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