The Wild Whale Watch is one of many in the Magic School Bus series. The crazy field trips in Ms. Frizzle’s science class always involve magic, science and fun.
The illustrations and format breaks up the information into bite sized pieces that avoids early reader overload. There is a lot of information, but all of it is easily read, interestingly changing formats.
Things I learned about whales that I didn’t know are:
* Each type of whale has a different blow pattern
* Flukes are different for each type of whale
* Narwhals are actually whales
Voyage to the Volcano is another book in the Magic School Bus series.
In this science based chapter book, the kids and Ms. Frizzle head out in the Magic School Bus to Hawaii to learn all about volcanoes.
It is formatted like the other books in the series. This one has illustrations and sidebars that look like notebook paper reports written by the kids in the class.
In this adventure the bus turns into a raft, a helicopter and a submarine to take the young readers along on a fun trip. Learning about volcanoes on the land and under the sea becomes an interesting and sometimes scary adventure that will have your kids turning the pages to find out what happens next.
We were fortunate enough to see Kilauea at night while on Hawaii – it is amazing! If you are planning a trip with a grade school age child, this book would be a wonderful way to introduce them to the wonder of volcanoes.
This series is a great way to teach children about the world around them. It encourages looking for answers by asking questions and going to other sources to find out how and why.