The Magic School Bus Out of This World
Field Trip Notes
According to Dorothy Anns research, an asteroid is going to collide with Walkerville Elementary! To save the school, the class rockets into space to try and follow the asteroids path. There, the kids see comets, meteors, and other space objects. When the moons gravity pulls them off course, the kids discover that the bigger the object, the greater its gravitational pull. DA comes up with an out-of-this-world plan: Theyll find the asteroid, change its course, and fling it into the sun! Can the kids boldly go where no class has gone before? Or will school be out...forever?
Time: 30 minutes
Group Size: Four
If the asteroid Ms. Frizzles class followed crashed to Earth, it would create a huge crater. Your kids can explore the craters that objects of different sizes and weights - marbles, Ping-Pong balls, and aluminum-foil balls - create.
What You Need
For each group:
Ahead of time: Mix flour and salt together in shoe boxes. Smooth the surface flat and cover with a light layer of cinnamon.
Talk About It
Hold up the balls. Ask: What might we see if we dropped these into the shoe boxes?
What To Do
Ask: What might happen if we dropped objects that aren’t round into the shoe boxes? Try it!