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The Magic School Bus and the Electric Field Trip

by Joanna Cole

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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 |
Just like the rest of the Magic School Bus series, Ms. Frizzle and her class are off on another adventure! This MSB book introduces the concept of electricity and electric currents. Students will be captivated by the mischief that Ms. Frizzle's class always manages to get into, all the while learning about science concepts. Author Joanna Cole consciously uses labels, diagrams and pictures, definitions, etc. to aid children when reading her books.
  mlavery | Dec 3, 2013 |
i like this book because you learn about electricity and things that use electricity in our daily lives. ( )
  library1234 | Nov 21, 2013 |
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This is a great story about how the infamous Miss. Frizzel and how she shrinks the class and explores the world of electricity!

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I thoroughly enjoyed rereading this great story, and I hope to use it in my classroom as well!

Classroom Extension:
Pretend the class is tiny and explore all the electricity options in the classroom
draw a picture of the magic school bus
  MaryKateCollins | Nov 19, 2013 |
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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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