"1. "The Magic School Bus Lost in the Solar System" features Ms. Frizzles class who happen to have a magic school bus to take them on hands on, authentic field trips. This trip they go to check out the Solar System and get to see the planets, moons and asteroid belt first hand! \
2. This book, despite is publishing date is still tons of fun to read! The book could be updated to reflect the demotion of Pluto and perhaps mention some new exploration discoveries beyond our system.
3. Books to pair: "Hello World! Solar System" by Jill McDonald.
4. Quote: "The Friz said our first stop would be the moon. We got off the bus and looked around. There was no air, no water, no sign of life."
* This quote could be used as a writing prompt for students to write about the qualities of other aspects of the solar system, making science facts into a narrative. " Michelae Danielle said.
"This book was about Ms. Frizzle's class (plus a guest, Janet) taking a field trip to the Planetarium--only, it was closed. So instead, the bus grew rockets and took the class to outer space. They saw all of the planets and the sun, but unfortunately when the bus lost a tail light, they lost Ms. Frizzle. Once they figured out auto-pilot, Janet saved Ms. Frizzle and they went home to build a mobile of the planets.
I loved this book! I've always been a fan of The Magic School bus, and I'm especially interested in space. The sky really fascinates me, so it was cool to read a book about it at a basic level.
This book is obviously great for educating students about the solar system. Sometimes, learning can get boring if kids aren't interested, so using a fun book like this one can really help to engage students in learning about space." Alex Wingrove said.
"The solar system is huge, dark, vast, and has a red headed teacher guiding her class through it on a magical school bus. This sounds like a wild dream, but for Mrs. Frizzles class, this is just another field trip! In this edition of The Magic School Bus, we find ourselves lost in space. Sure, this may sound like a horror story, but in fact we learn a lot along the way. Like, did you know Saturn's rings are actually made up of dust and ice? Or that Venus once had an atmosphere like us on Earth? With a fun story as well as the typical side page information blurbs, this book provides entertainment and education for all. This book could be implemented well in a science lesson involving the solar system. Students could use this book as a source for research on a given solar system related topic. " Andrew said.
"This is a fun magic school bus book in which Ms Frizzle's class takes a trip to space. On their trip, the class learned many things about space. A few of the things they learn about are the order of the planets, the effect of less or more gravity on an object, and the various geographic features that can be observed on planets such as Mars. While this is a very content heavy book, it is still presented in a way that is fun and engaging for students to read and learn from. There are many activities that could be taken from this book and use in the classroom setting. You could ask students to create a model of a specific planet and it's observable features or you could ask them to write a narrative of their own imaginary field trip to space. They could be very creative in their responses and have some fun deciding what they would do." Aaron Alexander said.
"What an amazing children's science fiction book! I loved reading “The Magic School Bus: Lost in the Solar System” by Joanna Cole, the story line was so fun and interesting to follow, plus there was so much factual information on the side of the story! Magic School Bus should be brought into all Elementary classrooms, they have so much to teach children. In this book, Ms. Frizzles class plans on going to the local planetarium to learn about the sky and solar system, the story takes a turn when the planetarium is closed! The magic school bus then turns into a spaceship takes them up into space, the students are now astronauts. They got to play on the moon, see Earth from afar, flew over the sun, drive through Venus’s yellow clouds, learned about Mar’s multiple moons and much more! They ended up losing Ms. Frizzle but end up reuniting with her in the asteroid belt. I also loved the “mini essays” that are on the outsides of each page. They included facts about the solar system and everything involved with it.
" Makayla Boysen said.
"Lost in the Solar System by Joanna Cole, Bruce Degen (Illustrator) (Historical fiction)
The Magic School Bus series is one that all of my daycare children have enjoyed. This is a great book for introducing the solar system to young children. The story starts off with the children getting ready to go on a field trip to the planetarium. They load the bus and travel there only to find that it is closed! They start back to the school in the bus and while at a red light, the bus suddenly leans back and takes off! It becomes a rocket ship into space! The bus has changed into a rocket and the children are also suddenly wearing space suits and floating above their seats. The bus/rocket takes the class on a tour of the solar system. I recommend this book for children ages 3and up. This is a great book to use when teaching children about the different planets. I have a sensory box that I use when ready this book to my children. As the book talks about the different planets I have one of my children pull the planet out of the sensory box and tell me what they learned about that planet. This book has good illustrations for children to follow.
" Tots R said.
"Fun and engaging as always, this book is a great introduction for learning about the solar system. It provides great vocabulary as well as definitions; there is also a video that goes along with the book which would be a good way to follow up any astrological lesson on our solar system. The book is based on the premise of the students going on a field trip to a planetarium that turns out to be closed, so they board the magic school bus and visit the actual solar system instead. A great and interactive activity would be to set up the classroom like the solar system using decorated foam balls that dangle from the ceiling and other various decoration necessities. Depending on the activity the teacher wanted to do they could choose to do specific parts of the solar system and continue this lesson throughout the week or more. For each planet, etc., they could engage in 10-15 minute activities. The teacher could act as their space guide as they walk through the classroom and discover different facts about the solar system and space. As a closing, students could fill out a big class chart as a whole about the various things they learned about each planetary body." Katie Williams said.
"In my favorite book in The Magic School Bus series, Ms. Frizzle's class field trip to the planetarium turns into a trip through the solar system. In each Magic School Bus adventure, their faithful school bus transforms to take the class into the heart of their eccentric teacher's lesson plan. In this volume, their bus becomes a space shuttle, blasting into the solar system, where they journey to the moon, sun, through the asteroid belt where they lose Ms. Frizzle (!) and to each planet (and planetoid, in the case of Pluto, in this updated version of the book).
Each page includes expansive illustrations full of details and clever plays on words to amuse adults, along with school-themed notes with fun facts and diagrams sprinkled throughout the story. This is my favorite book in the series because I love the topic and it has more of a plot than the other books in the series. Ms. Cole writes timeless science books for kids (and adults) of all ages because she provides multi-layered stories, illustrations and information, which both give a lively introduction for those new to the subject and invite seasoned young scientists to return to the book again and again to find even more fun facts and hidden details." Kamillah said.