REAL Science Odyssey- Astronomy Level 2 Teacher’s Guide


The RSO Astronomy Level 2 Teacher Guidegives you tools and support to implement the RSO Astronomy Level 2  homeschool science curriculum. Together, the textbook and Teacher Guide form a semester-long, secular, middle or high school astronomy curriculum.

REAL Science Odyssey- Astronomy Level 2 Teacher’s Guide

Pages: 128

Grade level: 6th – 10th grade

Course type: teacher’s guide

Author: Blair H. Lee, M.S.


What is Astronomy Level 2 Teacher’s Guide?

RSO Astronomy Level 2 Teacher’s Guide, gives you tools and support to implement the RSO Astronomy Level 2 homeschool science curriculum. Together, the textbook and Teacher Guide form a semester-long, secular, middle or high school astronomy curriculum. As your student works through the lessons and activities in the textbook, the Teacher Guide provides detailed guidance for you as the instructor.

Materials—A full list of all materials needed for your entire middle or high school astronomy semester, broken down by chapter and lab, plus an alphabetical list of all materials for the course.

Weekly Schedules—Week-by-week schedules for the entire semester. Choose from two, three, or five sessions of astronomy per week.

Learning Goals—A list of important concepts and main ideas for each lesson the course, so you know what your student should understand by the end.

Extracurricular Resources—books, websites, and other resources complement and reinforce each week’s lesson. These are curated resources that give your student reliable information when they want to dive deeper into the subject, or need extra clarification.

Math Review—A review of the math concepts needed for the week’s lesson, so you aren’t caught off guard by questions! Math is a key tool in science, and we highly recommend that you encourage your student to hone their ability to use it.

Lesson Reviews—Notes that review the main points of each lesson, to help you teach more effectively. You can also use them as a jumping-off point for questions and discussions with your student.

Answer Keys—Answers to Show What You Know quizzes, lab sheets, and Famous Science Series are provided for each chapter. Answers to all three unit assessments are found in the appendix.

Grading Rubrics—We provide grading schemes for various approaches to the course. Whether you do every single activity, or skip the formal assessments, we demystify the weights and percentages you should apply to each activity.

The Teacher Guide takes the stress of planning and scheduling off your shoulders, allowing you to focus on your child’s learning and enjoy your homeschool journey!


What is RSO Astronomy Level 2?

RSO Astronomy Level 2, which includes this Teacher Guide and the RSO Astronomy Level 2 textbook, is a secular, middle and high school astronomy curriculum for homeschool. Students spend this semester-long course exploring the cosmos, from the Big Bang, to the formation of our solar system, then finally returning to Earth to gain a deeper understanding of how our planet fits into it all. Math, a basic tool for all scientists, is integrated throughout. For a full list of topics covered, please see the RSO Astronomy Level 2 textbook page.

If you are using the curriculum with more than one student, you may wish to purchase an ebook copy of the Student Pages. This product contains only the consumable pages for the course.


Planning and Scheduling

RSO Astronomy Level 2 is is designed to be completed in 12-16 weeks, or about one semester. The Teacher Guide contains week-by-week scheduling guidance so you don’t have to plan the entire course on your own! There are two, three, and five-day per week scheduling options, so however often you teach, you’ll know exactly what you need to cover to stay on track.


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:

48-in beach ball
Polyethylene foam ½ inch pipe insulation
Big rubber band, size 64
Binoculars– I would avoid the $10 ones, but you don’t have to spend $100.
Star-finding app or a planisphere for your latitude

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