The Magic School Bus in the Rainforest
Field Trip Notes
The kids rent a rain forest cocoa tree as an Earth Day present for Ms. Frizzle. But when the harvest arrives, there’s only one shriveled cocoa bean inside - plus a note from Inspector 47 reporting that, for reasons unknown, the tree isn’t producing beans! D.A. and Tim become detectives as Ms. Frizzle takes the class to the rain forest to meet the impeccable inspector, who keeps a tidy mud-free cocoa grove. What has Inspector 47 done to the rain forest’s intricate web of life that is keeping the tree from making pods?
The Big Picture
Time: 20-30 minutes
Group Size: Variable
Led by detective Tim and D.A., Ms. Frizzle’s class discovers that all life in the rain forest is connected. Your kids create and feel the tug of the connections in your community’s web of life.
What You Need
Ask: How do animals and plants depend on each other? (for food; some animals use trees for homes, shelter; deer need hawks to eat rabbits that compete for food, and so on)
What To Do
Make a bulletin board of your “Big Picture.” Kids draw their plant or animal from the web game. Have kids connect their organism to as many others as possible. Use red yarn for feeding relationships, green for home and shelter, black for other connections