The Magic School Bus Holiday Special
Field Trip Notes
During a class trip to Murphs recycling plant, the toy soldier Wanda needs to get in to see the Nutcracker ballet that night gets turned in plastic pellets! Devastated, Wanda wishes for a world without recycling! Anxious to please, Ms. Frizzle takes the kids on a song-filled bus trip. The importance of recycling hits home when the Bus magic unrecycles everything in Walkerville--including the Bus itself, as it too was made from recycled objects. Will the kids find a way to reconstruct the Bus in time for Wanda to get back to see the Nutcracker?
Back To Basics
Time: 30 minutes
Group Size: 4
Wandas favorite doll is chopped into plastic pellets! Shes crushed until she discovers the pellets can be recycled to make a new doll. Your kids explore how things can be reused or recycled again and again.
What You Need
Talk About It
Pass around trash samples. Ask: If we toss this stuff, where will it go? How can we re-use it? (Jars might become containers, vases; newspaper - packing material, animal bedding; paper-scratch paper, aluminum pie tin) If we recycle these things, what can they become?
What To Do
With the kids, work out a plan to reduce personal waste. What can you do without? What can be reused? Ask kids to write or draw one way to reduce their waste. Compile ideas on a "Waste Away!" bulletin board.