by Patricia Relf
illustrated by Joanna Cole
The Magic School Bus travels into the ocean for a lesson on food chains and the interdependence of life. In the story, the class is excited for a beach day, but two students forgot their required report on two beach-related objects that go together. Will they be able to go with the class?
This title covers all the basics of food chains and food webs with the usual energetic pace, corny jokes, and short student reports. We especially like how Relf provides the facts, but lets the reader put the pieces together. Really gets 'um thinking! As usual, there's a lot going on in each spread and the text is often quite long, but the overall presentation is engaging and succeeds in keeping kids attention. We admit that we're a bit tired of this series, but kids love it!
Interest Level: K-Gr. 3 DRA Level: 38 Lexile Measure: 500L
Grade Level Equiv: 2.4 Guided Reading: P
Below are sample spreads from inside this book. In the first spread, Ms. Frizzle and
the class are about to head off to
and the students have brought in objects for their reports on two
beach-related things that go together. One team, for example, brought
grass and a yellow balloon (for the sun), since the sun makes the grass
grow. All the student teams are prepared except for Keesha's (the
child in the front). She forgot! Maybe she has
something with her that she can use after all?
And below that spread are a few other sample pages, just to give you an idea of the illustration style (although if you are like us, you could probably spot a Magic School Bus book across the room!)
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