We have kept Building Block of Science for our science curriculum this year. What I like about this science curriculum is that it comes with a lot of things. You will get the textbook, teacher manual, student activity book, a lab notebook, lab kit and test. Some of the things you have to print out but the only ones that I print are the student book and the test everything else I just keep on my iPad as a PDF. I really like this science curriculum because it is really engaging. The pictures in the textbook are kind of cartoony and really vibrant and bright. Our daughter often thinks that they are super funny which gets her more interested. I also like how Building Blocks is laid out. There are 5 main subjects in science: chemistry, biology, physics, geology and astronomy. Each one in Book 2 has 4 chapters to it.
This books chemistry goes over tools used in history and today, acids and bases, how the acids/bases react, food and taste due to molecules. Biology covers tools used, protists (commonly known as a protozoan), and fungi. For physics you will teach tools used and motion (linear and non-linear). Geology is one of our daughter's favorite for science which goes over tools used, Earth's spheres, the geosphere and air. Astronomy is the last section covered and it goes over tools used, constellations, planets and other solar systems. Every chapter is pretty short which I find to be great for younger kids.
The student activity goes along with the book so what we do is as I am reading the the textbook our daughter fills out the student pages. I will say to look through before printing it out because some pages you will need to cut and if you print double sided you will cut onto the next page. Or you can print them all single sided. The lab book will tell you exactly what you need for each experiment. It tells you what to do and then has the child fill in what happened, what they think might happen, etc. Most of the items you probably already have in your house and then the kit comes with other things you will need.
I know some people think that it is to much for a child to do but if you get into the work it really is not that hard or to advanced. If it is to much then you can always shorten thing by giving your child the main bullet points of each section you read. When they get into high school level science classes they will relearn all of these concepts in more depth anyway. I do consider Building Blocks of Science to be a must have. Even though in our state we do not need to teach science I teach it anyway because I feel it is important. Ours came with our 2nd grade Timberdoodle kit. What science do you use for your class? Let us know in the comment section before.