The Magic School Bus Science Activities for Physics and Astronomy
Plan your next science lesson with help from The Magic School Bus.
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5
Ms. Frizzle and her class have gone on seemingly endless adventures on The Magic School Bus, and luckily we’ve been invited to join the fun as readers.
These lesson plans based on the series will enrich your curriculum and inspire your students to learn!
Check out part I of the collection too!
Forces and Motion
Phoebe and her classmates find out that gravity pulls everything down. Your kids test whether gravity makes heavier things fall faster than lighter ones.
Ms. Frizzle's kids trap air in containers and discover that air is pushy stuff. Your kids explore how air pressure can hold up heavy objects.
What a difference friction makes! When Ms. Frizzle's kids get off the Bus into the world of non-friction, they can't even walk. Your students can work in small groups to find how movement changes when there is more, and less, friction.
Machine and Buildings
One tiny mistake in Mikey's computer program has the school's system in an uproar. Your kids learn that computer tasks must be broken into small parts.
Power and Energy
Arnold and Janet disappear! Or so it seems. When Ms. Frizzle's kids discover how light bounces, they shed light on a ghostly trick. Your kids explore reflecting light.
When the Magic School Bus Kids play giant musical instruments, they see and feel the vibrations. Your kids can see and hear the results of vibrations in this activity. Have children work in small groups.
Ms. Frizzle's class explores Janet's nose to learn how we smell. Your kids investigate how well their own odor detectors can identify smells. They also try to answer the question, "Do smells need time to travel to your nose?"
In this activity, students learn the planets by making two models of the solar system. The first shows the order of the planets, and the second show the planets' relative sizes.
If the asteroid Ms. Frizzle's 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.
Weatherman Ralphie mixes heat with air to create an updraft, and the Magic School Bus rides high into the sky! Your kids can see a small updraft by making wind spirals. Also, next time it rains, your kids can make a rain gauge.