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The Magic School Bus and the Electric Field…

The Magic School Bus and the Electric Field Trip

by Joanna Cole

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Factual. (fiction but full of facts.) This is a fun book to use when paired with the TV show. Also good for students that can read on their own so that they can read all of the speech bubbles on their own time. ( )
  amassingale | Sep 14, 2016 |
I forgot how much information is really packed into Magic School Bus books! The book takes readers on a journey through electricity starting with the talking about what uses electricity to work around us, and then broke it down in terms of atoms. A thunderstorm conveniently knocked out the electricity in the classroom, so after Ms. Frizzle explained the electricity in lightning, they took a field trip to find the cause and ended up traveling through a power plant and electrical system. The book is full of illustrations and kid-friendly jokes and speech bubbles, yet the content is rich with vocabulary. I even learned some new things about electricity!

In a classroom, this book could be used for so many things! Not only is it fun to read, but it also holds so much information. It would be a great addition to a STEM lesson, and could be followed by students completing their own circuits! ( )
  apoffenroth13 | Sep 6, 2016 |
The genre of The Magic School Bus and the Electric Field Trip is informational.

This books author explores the scientific concept of electricity and helps define terms within the text. Like the Ms. Frizzle and her class are off on another adventure but this time they are going to a power plant. This book allows the students to become apart of the process of how electricity is created. The book also takes a look at home appliances that the students would have apart of their everyday life. The book ends with a review of what they have done at the power plant.
  kbuffum13 | Oct 20, 2015 |
I really enjoyed this book because of the writing, the illustrations, and the plot. I really like the way the book is written and how it is in kid friendly language that most third graders and above would understand, but still contains tons of scientific facts and information. The author explains different science concepts on the pages and defines key words in the text. For example, in the dialogue, Miss Frizzle tells the class about electric currents, and then the word is further defined on one of hers student's papers on the side of the page with the definition and an example of the word being used. Then, the illustrations come in handy by providing further explanations of the science concepts discussed in the text. In addition, I really like how the illustrations have a bunch of extra text features that make reading the book more fun, like quote boxes from the characters, extra notes of information on the chalkboard, and activities of information that the students in the book did. This adds many more things to read and spices up the book with added information for children to learn. The text contains mainly dialogue while the pictures and illustrations have a lot of scientific facts and information. For example, many of the pages have papers from Miss Frizzle's students that define key terms used in the text to provide a better understanding of the electricity concepts, and there are boxes that show step by step examples of the concepts the class is learning about like how electricity flows to people's houses. The pictures also contain safety tips, labeled diagrams, and 'how to' boxes to give even more information about electricity. Lastly, I like the plot and the perspective the characters give to the readers as they adventure into a power plant to show readers what it is all about. By having the characters be the ones learning about electricity, it gives readers the chance to identify with and relate to the fictional characters as they are learning about electricity. The plot also allows readers to see the different aspects of an electrical plant by following the characters as they explore the plant in a fictional yet informational way. For example, Miss Frizzle takes her class to an electrical power plant and they go inside the components of it to show readers all the different aspects of it. The main idea of the story is about electricity and how it flows through electric currents to provide power for different appliances. ( )
  MarissaLechmann | Oct 9, 2015 |
This book is about Ms. Frizzle's class who are at school one day and the power goes out due to a storm. The class then goes on the bus and takes an adventure learning about different ways power is made. This book is good in any elementary classroom to teach children what powers the things they use every day. The reading level for this book though is grades 2-4.
  astinchavez | Nov 7, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0590446835, Paperback)

To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Scholastic is re-releasing the ten original Magic School Bus titles in paperback. With updated scientific information, the bestselling science series ever is back!

Small enough to squeeze through power lines, Ms. Frizzle's class learns how electric current travels through the town, lights up a light bulb, heats up a toaster, and runs an electric motor. Fans of the Magic School Bus won't be left behind by this simple and informative introduction to the generation and distribution of electricity.

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Ms. Frizzle takes her class on a field trip through the town's electrical wires so they can learn how electricity is generated and how it is used.

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