The Magic School Bus



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The Magic School Bus
Joanna Cole

A children’s book series about a sentient, anthropomorphic school bus that takes a teacher and her class on unusual field trips to explain different scientific facts or phenomena. Destinations include outer space, the human body, the past and more. The Magic School Bus Inside the Human Body provides a good entry point to the series. The class accidentally takes a trip inside one of their classmate’s body. From there they manouver through the digestive tract and the brain until they finally find their way out through Arnold’s nose.

The series is wonderful for interdisciplinary teaching in most subjects, including biology, chemistry, physics, geography or history. This particular story would be ideal for teaching specific biology-related vocabulary but also revising basic anatomy taught in biology class.

/ · · 1986

Critical edition

Cole, Joanna; Degen, Bruce. The Magic School Bus. Scholastic, 1986-2020 40 pp., ISBN 9780590414272

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