Astronomy 1 Student Pages


PDF eBook (10 MB)

written by Blair Lee, M.S.

Product Description

Pages: 111

Grade level: appropriate for 1st – 4th grade, target grade is 2nd

Product type: a printed copy of the Student Pages to use with the RSO Astronomy level one course.

What are the Student Pages?  The RSO Astronomy Level One Student Pages provide an additional copy of all of the pages from the Astronomy course that are consumable. This includes all of the lab worksheets and all of the “For My Notebook” reading pages found in the main textbook. The Student Pages are intended for those using the textbook with more than one student. They do not provide anything “extra” to the course.

Astronomy 1 Student Pages – What’s New? 

Written by RSO Chemistry 1 author Blair Lee, Astronomy 1 is being offered as an alternative to one of our most popular courses, Earth & Space 1. Some of the best parts of Earth & Space 1 are included in this course, but Astronomy 1 includes many new elements; most notably space exploration and scientific modeling activities have been added. This innovative course is being offered to those yearning for a more nuanced Astronomy course with scientific modeling woven throughout.

Astronomy 1 can be used as a stand-alone 18 week course, or paired with Earth & Environment 1 for a year+ of science.

Earth & Space 1 will remain available for those wanting to teach the traditional basics of Earth science and astronomy in a single one-year course.

RSO Astronomy 1 Student Pages Description

You will find R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey (RSO) to be unlike any other science curricula available. Most notably, it is secular. Only scientific inquiry and theory based on empirical and measurable evidence are understood to be valid and standard science in all RSO courses.

Also, RSO courses are written specifically for home and small group use. Packed full of serious science and loads of fun, RSO is an incremental program that gently builds on itself and incorporates mathematics, scientific method, and science terminology. Created with the science novice in mind, you don’t need any science background to teach RSO.

In RSO Astronomy 1, the major topics include scientific modeling, solar system, space, physics of light, space travel, cosmology, the universe, and gravity. Students study each planet separately as they travel through the solar system with Bunny and Dusty, the adorable space-dust bunnies. Short lessons are followed by several hands-on labs and activities including mixing and separating light waves, learning why the sky is blue, modeling the Earth/moon/sun system, creating a Big Bang timeline, and making a comet. Space travel and exploration is a highlight of the course. Students make models of several spacecrafts, create a a travel map of the solar system, and launch a soda bottle rocket. 

The following is a list of topics your child will learn while completing Astronomy 1. Each topic includes one to five lessons complete with lesson story, labs, reading, and other activities. Remember your child will also be having a whole lot of fun. Also included in this scope are laughing, playing, digging, exploring, reading, singing, and begging for more science!

RSO Astronomy Level 1

Universe and Cosmology

  • Light-year
  • Space exploration
  • Scientific modeling
  • Enormity and size of the universe
  • Big Bang model and theory
  • Stargazing
  • Properties of light
  • Gravity

Our Solar System

  • Eight planets studied individually
  • Definition of planet
  • Sun
  • Planet and moon rotation and revolution
  • Space exploration
  • Spacecrafts: probes and rockets
  • Asteroid belt
  • Kuiper belt
  • Oort cloud
  • Planet characteristics and unique properties

Homeward Bound

  • Earth/moon/sun system
  • Goldilocks zone
  • Seasons on Earth
  • Unique properties of Earth
  • Earth’s rotation, tilt, and revolution
  • Moon phases

Important Copyright Information: If you choose the eBook version of this course, you are purchasing a license to use the PDF for your own children. You may make copies for your own children, but you may not share (email, download, print and distribute, resell, etc.) this eBook or any portion of this eBook to others.

Licensing is available for group, school, and co-op use. Please contact Pandia Press for details on group licensing (

Uncommon Supplies Needed for Course Labs:

Science Thermometer– The liquid in good science thermometer goes down on its own, unlike the liquid in a medical thermometer, which must be shaken down. Some kitchen thermometers will work, but most do not go low enough. You will need a thermometer that will go down to 30° F or 0° C.

Inflatable Globe

Dry ice

Weather thermometer

Please see the Try Before You Buy file for a complete list of the lab supplies needed to complete this course.

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