The Magic School Bus Taking Flight
Field Trip Notes
Wanda and Tim are testing their remote-control plane when Ms. Frizzle decides that the class should experience flight firsthand. She shrinks several students, and they take off in the remote-control plane for the wild blue yonder. But things go haywire when the kids on the ground accidentally break the remote control. How will the kids in the air get back to school on their own? As they try to understand flight, the class discovers that the air rushing across the wings is pushing the plane up. They also learn that they need a source of power to propel the plane forward. Arnold steers the plane by its tail. Can the kids use their crash course in flight to come in for a safe landing?
Falling, Floating, Gliding
Time: 30 minutes
Group size: Four
The Frizzle's class does some flying and gliding during their adventure. Here, your students will see how gliders coast by exploring the way different paper objects fall to the ground.
What You Need
Talk About It
Ask: What are some things that glide? (hang gliders, gliders, some birds) Ask: What is the difference between gliding and flying? (Gliding is coasting freely on the air while being pulled downward by gravity; sustained flight needs a power source for propulsion.)
What To Do
Challenge students to make gliders glide farther (by folding them differently, cutting flaps, changing wing size, etc.).