The Magic School Bus Blows Its Top
Field Trip Notes
Somethings missing from the classroom globe: an island so new it hasnt been discovered yet! Where will the kids find the island? What will they name it? In their search, the kids spot a mountain underwater and dive down to the ocean floor. They squeeze between two plates of crust and discover that the mountain is an underwater volcano - and theyre inside it, about to explode! They figure out that when the magma explodes into the air, it will cool and harden on top of the volcano. Eventually, the volcanos top will stick out of the water and form the new island. Now, if only Dorothy Ann and Carlos can agree on a name for the island!
Time: 30-40 minutes
Group Size: Four
Ms. Frizzles class finds a volcano underwater. Your students can make models of underwater volcanoes, and then create their own eruptions.
What You Need
For each group:
Talk About It
How are islands created? Why don’t they float away in the ocean currents?
What To Do
Encourage students to use crayons, markers, modeling clay, and construction paper to add details above and below the water’s surface.