Astronomy 1 – REAL Science Odyssey Homeschool Astronomy
Grade level: 1st through 4th (target grade is 2nd)
Materials: For the most part, all lab materials are household items. Please refer to the TBYB sample for a full materials list.
REAL Science Odyssey Astronomy 1
Astronomy 1 can be used as a stand-alone 18 week course, or paired with Earth & Environment 1 for a year+ of science.
Astronomy 1 Course Description
You will find REAL Science Odyssey 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 REAL Science Odyssey courses.
Also, REAL Science Odyssey courses are written specifically for home and small group use. Packed full of serious science and loads of fun, REAL Science Odyssey 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 REAL Science Odyssey.
In REAL Science Odyssey 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!
Astronomy Level 1 – REAL Science Odyssey
Universe and Cosmology
- Space exploration
- Scientific modeling
- Enormity and size of the universe
- Big Bang model and theory
- Properties of light
Our Solar System
- Eight planets studied individually
- Definition of planet
- Planet and moon rotation and revolution
- Space exploration
- Spacecrafts: probes and rockets
- Asteroid belt
- Kuiper belt
- Oort cloud
- Planet characteristics and unique properties
- Earth/moon/sun system
- Goldilocks zone
- Seasons on Earth
- Unique properties of Earth
- Earth’s rotation, tilt, and revolution
- Moon phases
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