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review 2018-03-09 03:45
Lost in the Solar System (The Magic School Bus, #4) by Joanna Cole
The Magic School Bus Lost in the Solar System - Joanna Cole,Bruce Degen

If you grew up in the 90s, more likely than not, you grew up with a certain eccentric red-haired school teacher gracing your television set. Everyday after school, I would rush home to catch The Frizz on afternoon TV, teaching me a wide variety of subjects the world has to offer. I loved how educational and entertaining The Magic School Bus was for my young mind. And this book is no different!


This book focuses on the solar system and the planets. This story is one of my favorites for a couple of reasons. One being that it was one of my favorite episodes from the television series, the other being that I used to play the computer game of the same name almost every single weekend! I loved exploring the different planets and learning the ins and outs of each nine (now eight) planets! It was so much fun for me so, naturally, when I saw this book at the used bookstore, I had to buy it!


Of course, this being a book published during the 90s, some of the facts and science are a bit out-dated now. However, there is still merit in reading this book. You can teach your kids what scientists used to think to be true. You can use it more as a history lesson than a science one. Then you could continue by following up with a book about the solar system that is accurate to today. There's still plenty to learn from this charming book series. 


And if you end up loving this book, then I highly recommend the cartoon show. It's just as educational and entertaining. For you. For kids you know. For anybody. 


Reading this book was such a nostalgia trip for me. If I stumble upon any other book in this series, I will definitely be reading them!

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review 2017-03-28 19:59
Hop on the "Magic School Bus" Fad
The Magic School Bus Inside the Human Body - Joanna Cole,Bruce Degen

As with all "Magic School Bus" books, this one is clever, educational, and funny. Students will be engaged when reading. The school bus shrinks down and enters Arnold's body. The class explores the digestive system, circulatory system, and other systems of the body. I would use this book to introduce (or re-introduce) the human body systems and their functions. For an activity, I would have the students split into human body system groups. They would trace their body on a piece of white butcher paper and draw their specific system with a decent amount of accuracy (those with the skeletal system would draw bones inside the outline). I would hang them up in the hall for everyone to see. :)


A.R.- 4.6

Guided Reading- P

Lexile- AD 520L

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review 2016-11-12 03:27
The Magic School Bus Inside the Human Body - Joanna Cole,Bruce Degen

This would be a great story to use with older students in a science class when talking about the human body. After reading the story, have students take a virtual look at different parts of the body.

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review 2016-11-10 22:57
The Magic School Bus Lost in the Solar System
The Magic School Bus Lost in the Solar System - Joanna Cole,Bruce Degen

The Magic School Bus book collection in so informational. This particular book is has a lot of information about the solar system. It has information about the planents, comet, and many other acts. The book begins inside the classroom where the lass is working on a project and, like it always does, it ends up with Mrs, Frizzle and the class all coming on the maic chool bus to travel to outter space. Mrs. Frizzle ends up getting separated from the class and she gives the class clues on what planet she waiting for them on. The books with the class being safe and sound back inside the classroom and full of new information. I would use this book to incorporate science along with readin. I could have the students draw a planet from a basket and create the planet, or have the students create the entire solar system. I would read the book during science n thegrdes 1 - 2 but I would read the book and have the students do the project in the upper grades. This book is a reading level of 3.7.

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review 2016-03-18 17:03
The Magic School Bus Inside the Human Body - Joanna Cole,Bruce Degen

The Magic School Bus Inside the Human Body is about a class taking a field trip to the museum to exhibit the inside of the human body. Instead, Arnold, one of the students, swallowed the magic school bus, so the students will be exhibiting the inside of his body. This would be a great book to integrate language arts and science in a 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade classroom. 

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