The Magic School Bus Takes a Dive
Field Trip Notes
When Wanda finds out that one of Ms. Frizzle's ancestors was Redbeard the Pirate, she naturally wants to follow the treasure map he left. The map leads them to a coral reef, and the kids find out firsthand that life here is risky. To survive, some plants and animals sometimes form the most surprising partnerships. But Wanda's not interested in partnerships. She just wants to find that treasure. To get the kids in the swim of things, Ms. Frizzle turns them into different sea creatures, and Wanda-Anemone, Wanda-Shrimp, and then Wanda-Remora begins to understand that partnerships are more important than she thought.
Time: 20 minutes
Group Size: 2
Wanda thinks she can reach the treasure alone, but she soon learns that survival on the coral reef often depends on cooperation. Your kids find out how partners can help run a race.
What You Need
For Each Student
Talk About It
Ask: Do wild animals live in our community? Which ones? Why might they want to live here?
Ask: If I walked into your room, what could I discover about you from all your things? Would I know as much from just one thing?
What To Do
Make a bulletin board of coral reef partnerships. Have pairs of kids research and draw the partners.