Middle School Science Curriculum
Recommended for Grades 5-8
includes the full-color Student Softbound Texts,
Teacher's Manuals, Laboratory pages, Language Connects, and Periodic chart.
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Dr. Rebecca W. Keller
Real Science-4-Kids is a comprehensive
science curriculum geared towards grades 5-8. The Level
I curriculum includes basic Chemistry, Biology, and Physics. In
this set, fundamental concepts are introduced to begin to form a solid
When you order the complete Real Science Level I package, you receive
3 full-color Student Softbound texts, the Teacher's
Manual, Language Connects, and Laboratory pages for each module, and the Chemistry I Periodic
Chemistry I, Biology I, and Physics I can also be ordered as separate
modules. Each module contains the student Softbound text, individual
Teacher's manual, Laboratory pages, and Language Connects. Chemistry I also comes with the
People Are Saying:
My kids thought the "titrations" were fun and
easy [Chapter 5 experiment]. Even my six year old had fun collecting
"data." The word "titration" used to bring fear to my heart when I
took college chemistry, and now I even understand it! Now, when my
kids have high school or college chemistry, they will already be familiar
with the terms and concepts and won't be afraid of taking the "hard"
I'm thrilled that my kids had the opportunity to
be involved with this curriculum because they will learn what most
people think of as "difficult" concepts of science. My kids learned
the vocabulary and concepts so fast, and they didn't think it was
any "harder" than building models or riding a bicycle or playing marbles!
-- Pam Chesebrough, pilot test family,
Chemistry Level I, used with her two boys ages 6 and 9.
We totally enjoyed both the Chemistry
I and Biology I units of RealScience-4-Kids. Regarding the use of
the Biology I CD format, we actually liked having the electronic version,
as it gave us options. Some weeks we used it online and others we
printed the chapter out. It was nice to be able to do both. The price
was terrific, too. :-) Actually, I felt the Chemistry was a great
value as is. The Biology was even more of a value! Keep up the excellent
-- Kimberly Shaw, Sedona AZ (August
I am a graduate student in Physical
Chemistry at The University of Wisconsin-Madison, with three years
experience lecturing at the college level, plus seven years as a teaching
assistant at the college level. I gave my final exam for RS4K Chemistry
I to my own children over the weekend. I've been totally impressed
with the program.
I never thought of teaching my kids
science because I was always unimpressed with the "Gee, lets
throw some baking soda in vinegar and watch it fizz" where you
never saw Why the soda and vinegar fizzed. I had resigned
myself to waiting until my kids knew some algebra before I started
My oldest daughter was ready to do
pre-algebra so I thought I'd start I was looking for some Jr. High
Level science for her. That is when I saw the RS4K chemistry text.
I looked at the table of contents and said to myself, "This looks
like a Freshman College text book" and then looked at the content
and saw "This is grade school level." I was very impressed
on how Dr. Keller was able to remove the math from the material without
loosing the Why things are happening.
When Ive shown this material
to the profs here at UW-Madison, the normal response is an incredulous,
You are teaching this to grade-school kids!?? They are
all just as impressed with the quality of this material as I was when
I saw it.
My kids all enjoyed the class immensely.
I taught my oldest four (1st grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade and 6th grade)
and they all got a great deal out of the course. The older ones had
worked through some other texts with my wife, but still learned much
more from this course. My 1st grader had a little trouble with some
of the material, but overall she did very well. It was very easy for
my 4th and 6th graders and was perfect for my 3rd grader.
Ive already purchased the Biology
I text and am going to do this class over the summer -- The best time
to teach Biology! When you can go digging muck out of the lake and
look at it under a microscope. ;-) I showed the text to one of my
friends who is a bacteriologist and she was just as impressed with
it as I was with Chemistry I, so Im looking forward to another
Bak, Madison WI
from the RS4K Discussion Forum, May 19, 2003
Just wanted to let you know that I
have been teaching RS4K Chemistry Level I to my children ages 10 and
11 and we are absolutely loving it! I have to admit that the only
Chem background I have is my 8th grade year of Middle School but my
children and I are learning so much!! My son looks so forward to this
class. He is comprehending everything and really getting the picture
of how it all fits together. We were doing a lesson on Chemical Reactions
today and he was comparing it to the motor on his go cart and started
talking about oil mixing with gas and making combustion. He says that
he loves doing the laboratory manual. We have done all the basic science
stuff and I have never seen them so excited about science and this
is very refreshing because it is challenging. This has impressed me
to no end. The children are actually thinking for themselves and having
a great time! Thanks so much for writing this and we look forward
to doing Biology next spring.
-- Beth Bowman, Tennessee
The author, Rebecca Keller, used the Chemistry and Physics Level I
curriculum with her daughter Kimberly during her fourth grade year.
At the end of the year Kimberly took the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS)
that is administered to public, private and homeschool children across
the nation. While Kimberly scored at or slightly above her grade level
in most subjects such as reading, math and vocabulary, she scored in
the 99th percentile overall for science and her grade equivalent was11.3.
By providing information through a systematic introduction of basic
science facts, the RealScience curriculum gives every teacher the basic
knowledge and structure needed to provide students with a good understanding
of what science is and what it says about the world around us. Children
are naturally inquisitive and want real answers to their questions.
They are also naturally inclined toward hands-on experimentation. The
RealScience approach combines these two natural interests to guide students
into scientific thinking and actual science investigation. The main
purpose of the curriculum is not to turn every student into a scientist,
but rather to equip students (and teachers!) with enough foundational
knowledge so that they can think critically about the world around them
and evaluate for themselves the various claims and counter-claims they
will encounter in daily life.