The Magic School Bus Lost in the Solar System by Joanna Cole
Published February 1st 1992 by Scholastic Press (first published October 1st 1990)
Plot Description: Thanks to the planetarium being closed, Ms Frizzle decides to take her class on a whole different type of class trip, to outer space. In this book we get to explore all the planets, including the sun and the moon. Throughout the story we are given scientific facts that are presented not only in an interesting but humorous way. Ms Frizzle ends up being separated from the students for a time, leaving them to explore on their own, but are finally reunited at the end where they summarize their adventures using a chart and mobile.
Quantitative Reading Level: 3.7
Qualitative Reading Analysis: I believe this is a Moderately Complex text. The information is given in a way that is interesting to the students, however there is still a lot of information that may be new to them given in such a short amount of time that they may be unable to absorb all of it at once.
Content Area: Earth Science, Mathematics (Number Sense)
CC Content Area Standard: ES 3.4, ES 5.5
Curriculum Lesson Plans: http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/lesson-plan/magic-school-bus-lost-space
(Also has plans for other Solar System books)
Other Fun Resources:
- Characters – Ms Frizzle, Arnold Perlstein, Phoebe Terese, Dorthy Ann, Liz, Ralphie Tennelli, Carlos Ramon, Wanda Li
- Magic School Bus Space Chase – http://www.scholastic.com/magicSchoolBus/games/space/index.htm
- Solar System: Everything You Need – http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/unit/solar-system-everything-you-need
- Exploring Planets in the Classroom: Hands-on Activities – http://www.spacegrant.hawaii.edu/class_acts/