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The Magic School Bus and the Science Fair Expedition (Magic School Bus Series)

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It's the 20th Anniversary of The Magic School Bus! Celebrate this groundbreaking series with the Friz's class as they meet some of history's greatest minds and learn what it takes to be a scientist.

What do Galileo, Isaac Newton, Louis Pasteur, and Albert Einstein have in common? They've all ridden on the Magic School Bus, of course!

Ms. Frizzle is back in action and she has a mission: her students need science fair projects - and fast. What ...

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Overview


It's the 20th Anniversary of The Magic School Bus! Celebrate this groundbreaking series with the Friz's class as they meet some of history's greatest minds and learn what it takes to be a scientist.

What do Galileo, Isaac Newton, Louis Pasteur, and Albert Einstein have in common? They've all ridden on the Magic School Bus, of course!

Ms. Frizzle is back in action and she has a mission: her students need science fair projects - and fast. What better way to get ideas than to learn from some of the all-time greats? The class heads to the Walkerville Science Museum to see the exhibit on GREAT SCIENTISTS THROUGH THE AGES, where, suddenly, Galileo comes to life! He is about to make a great discovery, but he needs a ride home. Thank goodness Ms. Frizzle knows the way! (cont.)

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Ms. Frizzle, the red-headed driver of the Magic School Bus, celebrates 20 years with The Magic School Bus and the Science Fair Expedition by Joanna Cole, illus. by Bruce Degen (and a festive sparkling silver cover). With the science fair just a few days away, and several students coming up empty, the teacher takes her crew to a museum and on a time-travel journey through science history, visiting luminaries from Copernicus to van Leeuwenhoek (Degen appropriately shows Newton standing on the shoulders of Galileo, who stands on Copernicus's shoulders), each with a signature question that prompted his research. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Sheilah Egan
Unusual hairstyles pervade another strange trip on the Magic School Bus--this time traveling into the past to visit a wide variety of scientists. Ms. Frizzle's students are starting their science fair projects, but Ralphie's ants have escaped and many of the children are lacking ideas for their own projects. Arnold is greatly relieved when the unorthodox teacher suggests a walking trip to a nearby museum for inspiration. There, in the museum is a cardboard school bus (for photo opportunities?) and it is immediately evident that the class will be soon be off on yet another wild (but extremely educational) trip. Cole and Degan have augmented the "Magic School Bus" series' stature with this ambitious exposition of "famous scientists." The class visits Copernicus, Leeuwenhoek, Sir Isaac Newton, Galileo, Louis Pasteur, Pierre and Marie Curie, Barbara McClintock, Irene Joliot-Curie, Lise Meitner, Michael Faraday, Charles Darwin, and Albert Einstein (also sporting "weird" hair). The usual dialog bubbles are filled with humorous quips, lots of details, and information. The scientists interact with the class and teach lots of science facts along the way. The homework pages provide concrete information on scientific inquiry and methods, as well as giving sidebar type information in a student friendly manner. This one will be pored over time and again. When sharing it with a class, one may have to tackle one scientist at a time in order to sufficiently cover the dense information--and to examine all the inside jokes (look at the book titles and check out the Frizz's shoes!). Rich with details and factoids, this is still a wonderfully fun way to expose children to a wealth of science. Twenty yearsago my own son loved The Magic School Bus books and he will not be disappointed with this winner.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780590108249
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/28/2006
  • Series: Magic School Bus Series
  • Pages: 56
  • Sales rank: 151,564
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: AD530L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Joanna Cole

Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen, the author and illustrator of the Magic School Bus books, have collaborated for twenty years, bringing humor and true kidlike curiosity to science and learning. Booklist heralded Ms. Frizzle as "the wackiest, wisest teacher in picture books." Two MSB titles have been named School Library Journal Best Books of the Year, and they have won countless state book awards, from New York to Nebraska.
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  • Posted May 2, 2014

    K picked this book up from his school library. I have always lov

    K picked this book up from his school library. I have always loved The Magic School Bus and K has just started enjoying the books.
    With this one there was so much information written within the bubbles that is seemed to deter K from actually listening to the story. 
    The Magic School Bus series is just an awesome series of books because you learn so much information on certain subjects that it makes you want to learn in a fun way. When the kids of Mrs. Fizzle's class go to a trip to the museum well what do you expect it will be an adventure that scientists from the past come to life and give a bit of information on their selves and what they have discovered. 
    Perfect read for all but especially good to have in the classroom! 

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