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07-29-2010, 06:24 PM #1
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Using "The Magic School Bus" for Science
I know I've seen it mentioned here and there that there are those who use TMSB for their science curriculum. I'm not sure, though, that I've seen where they mention just exactly how they do it or what resources, etc they use to do it. I'm trying to gather together my links and the like for this school year so I thought I'd list what I've found so far. Is there something I'm missing?
We're going to be using...
*The books - primarily from the library, but Amazon has the vast majority of them for sale and eligible for the 4 for 3 promotion.
*The "themes" section of the scholastic website. Lesson plan and handouts here as well as identifying which videos apply and if there's an online game for it as well.
*The videos - primarily from the library, although Game Aquarium has a number of them online for free.
Am I missing something? As far as I can tell TMSB is no longer being aired on TV. My husband mentioned Netflix's instant videos which we could view through his XBox. Anyone know if TMSB videos are available that way? Outside of buying each book separately through Amazon (and the 4 for 3 promotion) is there a way that you can buy the books as a set? Ditto the videos.
I'm going to mix this in conjunction with some of the unit studies on Lesson Pathways for further follow-up.
07-29-2010, 07:32 PM #2
We're using MSB for Science for this year & the next 2 years (1st-3rd). I found some great MSB kits and some Teacher Created Literature/Science Units. I got access to Discovery Streaming & downloaded all the episodes of MSB, as well as some other videos on the topics we'll be covering. So, we use the show, the books, the fun stuff on the scholastic site, the kits, and the units. We also use other materials on topic (books, websites, shows) & some extra activities that I add in. We're enjoying the kits. I'm not sure about the Teacher Created units, though. We're using our first one right now. We'll see how we like them this year & that will determine if we use them next year & the year after.
I don't think MSB is available on instant streaming from Netflix, and only some are available on dvd. Your best bet would be to find somewhere that has them available online.
07-29-2010, 10:30 PM #3
I loooove Magic School Bus !!!
This is from the website:
"Scholastic's The Magic School Bus can now be seen on The READY SET LEARN! programming block on The Learning Channel at 6 AM and 8:30 AM ET/PT. The series also airs on the Discovery Kids Channel. Check your local listings for show times."
We have most of the episodes on an old Tivo unit - we recorded them a few years ago. If needed we can check out the DVDs from our library.
I have purchased almost all of the older series of books. I bought two large lots of them off Ebay. I went through the list and am filling in the ones I am missing through PaperbackSwap.
I am not planning to use any of the other materials, kits, etc. (They look really cool though...I could change my mind about that !!) I am actually using Building Foundations of Scientific Understanding as an outline and a source of activities, and filling in each topic with a MSB book when it fits, or a different book for the topic if there is no MSB book for it. After we finish Building Foundations, since the MSB books cover more topics that Foundations does, I will go on to make lessons for all of the MSB books I haven't used yet.
07-29-2010, 11:36 PM #4
We've used the kits and I highly recommend them as by far the best science kits we've tried (and we have tried a few others...). They are enticing to the kids and colorful (unlike so many science kit directions which are small print poorly collated b&w copies!). Each kit has a sequence of experiments that build on each other and introduce concepts. Nearly everything you need is in the box.
This year, we're using the books and the videos as part of our science curriculum as well. We're doing physical science and I'm psyched to incorporate them again - I have a dorky little chart with all my resources and the Magic School Bus and Bill Nye episodes all slotted with their correct units.Disclaimer: Everything I'm saying is just my own opinion, based on my own experiences teaching and with my own kids and my own life. You should just ignore me if I'm annoying you. I don't mind.
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07-30-2010, 09:53 AM #5
Great to hear you guys like these I do plan on getting those kits when Lucy is older! We have been collecting the books from good will and rummage sales since she was little so we have quite a few!
07-30-2010, 11:51 AM #6
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Busygoddess - Which Discovery Streaming do you have access to? Basic or Plus? Homeschool Buyers Co-op has it available for a pretty nice discount.
07-30-2010, 12:28 PM #7
07-30-2010, 12:54 PM #8
If you wan to buy all the DVD's I can't find it now but Amazon did have the whole set available together but I did the math and it was cheaper to just buy each dvd individually through them. Also they've recently had a price drop. As for the science kits, Amazon has descent prices on them too but it would be cheaper to buy the big set from CSN stores and then buy the other two from Amazon (though it is quite a bit all at once).
I've been trying to research the cheapest way to get the DVD's and all the science kits.
Also as far as I know they stopped airing them on TV a few months ago. We were recording them on the DVR then Discovery kids just stopped showing them.
I'm definitely going to be bookmarking that link to the "themes" page.
07-30-2010, 05:10 PM #9
07-30-2010, 06:36 PM #10
home science tools has the kits for 20/pc I figure I would probably not go through them all in one year so that didnt seem too bad... have you found a better price?