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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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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 |
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. ( )
  Arron_Chelmo | Oct 19, 2014 |
Ms. Frizzle drags her class on another wild and educational adventure, this time through wires and currents and power plants. Her students learn all about electricity. The school bus transforms itself into a dump truck, which clothes the students in heat-proof suits and dumps them in a furnace of a power plant. They observe the fuel that creates steam, and follow the steam as it powers an enormous turbine and generator. They leave the power plant through a power line, and jump into various buildings to see how electricity powers machines like vacuum cleaners and lights. This book has a nice touch at the end: a board game that helps readers discern between the factual and fictional details in the book.

The subject matter of this book in the series is more complex, but the author and illustrator do an admirable job of simplifying the subject as much as possible. As with other books in the series, extra information on the topic is collected in school papers (supposedly written by the students) and notes on the sides of the pages, and the illustrations are both comical and crammed with details that illuminate the subject. Be prepared to discuss the difference between the factual scientific information and the fantasy elements, but the fanciful framework is an inviting premise to capture a young reader's interest. Still, this particular Magic School Bus book is an advanced read because of the intricate subject matter, and will be better appreciated by older children, as opposed to the dinosaur book which has a broad appeal. If a parent or teacher is looking for a child-friendly way to teach about electricity, though, this book is suited to the purpose better than any other I know. ( )
  nmhale | Aug 6, 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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