Scholastic's The Magic School Bus Explores the Ocean/Inside the Earth/Explores the Solar System Value Pack
© 2001 Microsoft Corp.
Teaches: Science, astronomy, oceanography, Earth science
This value pack features three older but solid Magic School Bus CDs. In Magic School Bus Explores the Ocean, Ms. Frizzle and her class travel to seven different ocean zones such as a beach, a coral reef, a kelp forest and a tide pool. Their task is to search for clues that lead t...
This value pack features three older but solid Magic School Bus CDs. In Magic School Bus Explores the Ocean, Ms. Frizzle and her class travel to seven different ocean zones such as a beach, a coral reef, a kelp forest and a tide pool. Their task is to search for clues that lead to a sunken treasure. Each zone has a science experiment. For example, in one zone kids learn about how waves change depending on the shape of the ocean floor. While kids explore, Ms. Frizzle provides lots of interesting facts about the life of each ocean zone. Testers were sometimes confused about what to do and where to find clues, and grown-ups found the quality of the activities uneven. Still, there's enough solid content to make the program worthwhile. In Magic School Bus Explores Inside the Earth, Arnold has lost four samples from his rock collection. To find the missing items, kids visit six geological zones: a canyon, an underwater volcano, a giant fault, a cavern, a land volcano, and the inside of a crystal. The analysis of rock samples is the best part of the program. First, kids examine the samples at the Geo Table to see whether the substances are rock or mineral– igneous, metamorphic or sedimentary. Next, children perform a series of tests until the rocks are identified. Once kids have found or created all four missing rocks, they can print out a special certificate. After locating all of the rocks, there's a new set to look for. In Magic School Bus Explores the Solar System, Ms. Frizzle and her class get a firsthand look at the planets and conduct nine generally well-designed science experiments. The activities are effective at teaching concepts and facts about each planet. The content is informative and includes NASA videos, onscreen help and ten subject reports, but the graphics aren't nearly as good as more recent Magic School Bus adventures.