The Magic School Bus Gets Eaten
Field Trip Notes
Arnold and Keesha forget their homework - to bring in two beach things that go together -- so they improvise. He has a shoe filled with pond scum he stepped in on the way to school. She has a tuna sandwich for her lunch. Ms. Frizzle thinks it's a brilliant combination. On the class field trip to the ocean, Arnold and Keesha search for the connection between scum and tuna. The Bus and class shrink, travel through the food chain - and get eaten by a tuna fish! From inside the tuna's stomach, Keesha makes the connection. Scum is a kind of algae and algae and tuna are part of the same food chain. Now, if they can just get out of that fish!
The Magic School Bus kids really get into the food chain: They're swallowed by a tuna fish. With this activity, your kids get to eat while they act as links in the food chain. The popcorn bags stand for food energy that is passed along the links in a food chain from the sun, to plants, to plant-eaters, to meat-eaters.
What You Need
Talk About It
Ask children: What is a food chain? What are some examples of plants and animals that are links in a food chain? What might happen in a food chain if one link is harmed by polluntion?
What To Do
Kids can trace a food chain from a favorite food. They might try pizza, a jelly bean, or tuna fish.