The Magic School Bus Gets Energized
Field Trip Notes
It’s school carnival time! But the electrical cord on the class ride - the Double Trouble Wheel of Wonder - has shorted out. The kids need a different source of energy to power the Ferris wheel, and fast. Carlos’s brother, Mikey, has a clever idea: Drop rocks into one set of the double seats. The push of the falling rocks will turn the wheels. Will Mikey’s plan succeed? With trial and error, the class learns to harness nature’s energy. The Wheel of Wonder is ready to roll!
Time: 30-40 minutes
Group size: Four
When a breeze sends Ralphie’s hat sailing, The Magic School Bus kids realize wind can move objects. By making pinwheels, your students can harness enough wind energy to life paper clips.
What You Need
For Each Group
Talk About It
Ask: How can wind energy power something? What are examples of wind energy?
What To Do
Ask: What might happen if your pinwheel were bigger? (can harness more wind) Try it!