REAL Science Odyssey – Chemistry Level One

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written by Blair Lee, M.S.


Product Description

Grade level: appropriate for 2nd – 5th grade, target grade is 3rd

Course type:

Pages: 432

Materials: For the most part, all lab materials are household items. Please refer to the Supplies tab for items that are not commonly found in households. Please see Try Before You Buy for a complete list of the lab supplies needed to complete this course. Home Science Tools offers supply kits for all REAL Science Odyssey courses.

REAL Science Odyssey Chemistry 1
Course Description


You will find R.E.A.L. 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 of our 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 Chemistry (level one), the topics covered are usually those reserved for high school chemistry, but are presented in way that youngsters can easily grasp. Topics covered include atoms, molecules, the periodic table, states of matter, acids and bases, and chemical reactions. Students start small, pondering the size and magnitude of atoms and molecules. Then students make their own periodic table and study 18 of the most common elements. They experiment with states of matter and make their own pH scale. Students end big with chemical reactions and exciting combustion labs.

The following is a list of topics your child will learn during the year while completing Chemistry (level one). Each topic is introduced with a lesson story that is read aloud by the parent or instructor. Each lesson is followed by 1 to 5 hands-on activity labs that reinforce the material and introduce science terminology and age-appropriate math. Remember your child will also be having a whole lot of fun. Also included in this scope are laughing, playing, exploring, reading, singing, and begging for more REAL Science Odyssey!

REAL Science Odyssey Chemistry (Level 1)
Scope and Sequence

What is Chemistry?

  • Introduction to chemicals and chemistry
  • Physical and chemical tests


  • Characteristics of atoms
  • Parts of an atom – proton, neutron, electron, energy level
  • Types of atoms

The Periodic Table of Elements

  • Introduction to the periodic table
  • Make a periodic table
  • Atomic symbols, numbers, and mass
  • Periods and groups
  • First eighteen elements explored


  • Bonding
  • Mixtures and compounds
  • Solutions
  • Molecular formulas
  • Electron dot structures


  • Introduction to matter
  • Unique characteristics of water
  • Changes in states of matter
  • Solids
  • Liquids
  • Gases
  • Molecule bonding

Chemical Reactions

  • Physical reaction vs. chemical reaction
  • Endothermic reactions
  • Exothermic reactions
  • Acids
  • Bases
  • pH Scale
  • Precipitates
  • Combustion reactions
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 ([email protected]).

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.

20 Mule Team Borax– A laundry booster found next to laundry detergents in grocery stores.

Polystyrene beads– Used for stuffing stuffed animals. Found in some craft stores in the sewing section. Grated Styrofoam is an excellent substitute.

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

Home Science Tools offers supply kits for all RSO courses.

Chemistry 1 in Action

What Our Customers are Saying

The thing I love best about Pandia’s science books is that they don’t make me feel overwhelmed from the moment I open them up, like so many other curricula. Instead of being faced with wall to wall text, written just to the teacher...I am faced with pages of small sections of text, broken up in a bite-size, easy to understand way, with the student pages and their cute illustrations mixed in with the units to add to the visual appeal. Each section is labeled appropriately so I can tell at a glance what I am looking at and I know what I am to do with each section: Peruse the list of materials for that unit, read a section designated as “read aloud” to my child, learn the procedures that we are going to be doing for a lab (and background info), find the printables for my child that go with that’s all there, in clear, manageable sections that make me feel like I CAN DO THIS. Plus, it’s fun, interesting, and hands-on, with lots of cool labs using mostly things from around the house!! We love Pandia science!

Tina Scott Smith

Homeschool Teacher - Fresno, CA

We love RSO Level 1 Chemistry! The labs are fun and simple to do using household items.

Shannon Leon

Homeschool Teacher - Miami, FL

We love REAL Science Odyssey! We've been using it for the last 2 years and already bought it (chemistry) for next year.

Pegi Tillman

Homeschool Teacher - Richmond Hill, NY

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