The Magic School Bus Science Activities for Physics and Astronomy
These lesson plans from the Magic School Bus will help your students learn more about many physics and astronomy concepts.
- 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 students 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 students 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.
Ms. Frizzle's class does some flying and gliding during their adventure. With this Magic School Bus activity, your students will see how gliders coast by exploring the way different paper objects fall to the ground.
Machines 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.
Even though your students can't travel through the Magic School Bus's engine, they can explore another way to turn wheels: propulsion. Here, they'll see how the push from air-filled balloons turns the wheels of milk-carton buses.
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.
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 an asteroid that Ms. Frizzle's class followed crashed to Earth, it would create a huge crater. Your students can explore "craters" made by objects of different sizes and weights (marbles, Ping-Pong balls, and aluminum-foil balls).