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The Magic School Bus in the Time of the Dinosaurs (1994)

by Joanna Cole

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Ms. Frizzle takes her students on a wild journey into the past, to study the age of dinosaurs, and search for Maiasaura nests. The adventure begins when she receives an invitation from her friend Jeff, a paleontologist, to take her class and visit his archaeological site. They hop in her magical school bus, and dash off on a field trip. The students spend some time at the dig site and learn about the tools and trade of archaeology. When Ms. Frizzle learns that Jeff can't find the dinosaur nests he is seeking, though, the teacher decides the students need to take a different trip. This time, the school bus is transformed into a time machine, and the class whizzes back in time, taking brief stops in the Triassic, Jurassic, Cretaceous periods. They find the Maiasaura dinosaurs along with many others, and also learn about prehistoric lizards and plant life. Back in present time, Ms. Frizzle helpfully directs her friend to the correct location of the Maiasaura nests, and the class drives back to school just in time for Visitors Day. All of the children's relatives are impressed with the detail and verisimilitude in their various demonstrations of dinosaur life.

The Magic School Bus series always mingles the fantasy of Ms Frizzle and her zany adventures with scientific facts and discoveries. I find it a delightful series that makes learning about science fun. Parents and teachers can discriminate with readers the details that are fact or fantasy, while teaching them about dinosaurs. In this book, many facts about different periods of prehistoric times are delivered with humor, educating while entertaining. The book is filled with text, dialogue bubbles, and multiple sidebars of interesting facts. The illustrations are likewise crammed with details, featuring lots of characters and animals, and numerous charts and mini illustrations in the sidebars. When I was a girl, I loved immersing myself in detailed children's books where you could always find something new, and this book is a treasure trove of finely detailed writing and illustrating. I definitely appreciate this book, and others in the series, as a fun approach to science. ( )
  nmhale | May 30, 2014 |
The central message of this Magic School Bus book is to get students engaged in learning science. Although it is hard to teach young students about science and similar topics in a picture book, the Magic School Bus series does a good job of getting students interested about the story within the first few pages. The main character, Ms. Frizzle, takes her class of students back in time to visit the dinosaurs. Young readers of this book will learn about the dinosaurs along with Ms. Frizzle's class. The illustrations, diagrams, and speech bubbles almost make the book interactive, allowing students to learn as much and as little as they would like to. As the author described how the Magic School Bus was flying back in time to the time of the dinosaurs, I could not help myself but to be excited about where the class was about to be going and what I was about to learning along with them. ( )
  DannieN | Sep 9, 2013 |
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5) Ms. Frizzle has decided to take the class to meet her old friend who happens to be a paleontologist. When they arrive Ms. Frizzle's friend tells the class that they have located dinosaur eggs but are unable to find the nest. Using the magic school bus, Ms. Frizzle and her class travel back in time to locate the lost nest.

6) An activity that students can do is for them to pick their favorite dinosaur that they saw in the book and do research on the dinosaur of their choosing. Then have them right a short paragraph about what is unique about their dinosaur.
  Dorfster | Dec 11, 2011 |
An informational text that can be used to introduce students to the idea of the study of dinosaurs. This sort of informational text incorporates narrative text therefore making the facts and details are intertwined throughout the story. It makes the reading and learning much more plausible and realistic. It is a fun and engaging story that allows kids to get excited about the study of dinosaurs!
  KatelynLum | Apr 5, 2011 |
If you like dinosaurs, then this book is for you! Packed with information about dinosaurs of all kinds with the craziness you'd expect from Ms. Frizzle. ( )
  mrstelford | Mar 10, 2011 |
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To Armand Morgan, our personal guide to the time of the dinosaurs J.C.&B.D.
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It was Visitors Day at our school.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0590446894, 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!

The classroom is decorated as Dinosaur Land, but Ms. Frizzle-inspired by an archeological dig-craves a more authentic experience. The Magic School Bus turns into a time machine and transports the class back millions of years to an adventure where they learn about dinosaurs, their habitats and diets, and even a Maiasaura nesting ground.

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La senorita Carola a bordo del autobus magico, llevara de excursion a los lectores, a los lugares mas asombrosos del universo.

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