Ms. Frizzle takes her class on amazing field trips in the Magic School Bus. They never know what will happen when they get on the bus, but they always learn something new about science!
In THE MAGIC SCHOOL BUS CHAPTER BOOK #6: THE GIANT GERM, a class picnic in the park becomes an exploration of the mini world of microbes. Even though microbes are tiny, they have huge effects on the world. Ms. Frizzle and her class get into trouble when they run into a giant germ! --back of book
- View the slideshow for a variety of books and kits :)
- Make a small amount of yeast dough (this may need to be made a short while in advance or activity done at the end). Let the kids see the risen dough and touch it to feel the air inside. Let them see the holes in a piece of finished bread
- Create Germs out of construction paper or cardstock, and hide them around the meeting area.
Gummy worms in dirt pudding
Paulos Pizza bites (pre-packaged or Click here for a recipe!)
D.A's Orange Slices
Possible Discussion Questions:
1. Self- Expression: Who was your favorite character? What do you like about the character?
2. Self Expression: Did the story remind you of any other books you have read? What was the same about the two books? What was different about the books?
3. Fact Check: What are microbes that can make you sick called? (Answer: Germs)
4. Fact Check/Memory: What are some useful things microbes can do? (Some Answers: Break down oil, make bread rise, create oxygen, make cheese, make yogurt, create medicines, clean nuclear waste)
5. Fact Check: What are the basic building blocks for living things. Hint: Virus's were attacking these in Jimmy's throat? (Answer: Cells)
6. Memory: What were the fungi doing to Keesha's bread? (Answer: Making it rot so they could eat it)
7. Fact Check: What makes bread mold so fuzzy and colorful? (Answer: Their spores)
8. Fact Check: What keeps microbes from over running everything? (Answer: Heat, Cold, Food Supply, and Preservatives can all slow down and kill off microbes)
9. Creative Thinking: The fourth grade kids had made a compost heap where they turned leftovers and leaves into soil called Humus. If you were going to make a compost heap, where would you put it, and what would you compost?
10. Memory: When the class got dropped into the compost heap, why did they get so hot? (Answer: It takes so much energy to break down food, grass, and leaves into microbe food that they give off heat).
11. Reasoning: Why do people try to kill and shoo away flies? (Answer: They carry microbes from place to place, including germs)
12. Group Memory: What are some of our natural armors against germs? (Some answers: Skin, eye lashes, nose hairs, tears, saliva, mucus).
13. How did the virus's make Jimmy sick? (Answer: They were attacking and killing cells in Jimmy's throat to make more virus's)
14. Reasoning: Is Jimmy going to be okay? (Answer: Yes. The white blood cells will work hard to destroy the viruses over a few days.)
15. Creative Thinking: If you could study one thing with Miss Frizzle on the magic school bus, what would it be? Where would you go? What would you see and learn?