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The Magic School Bus - Inside The Earth

Ms. Frizzle's class is going to study earth science. She gives them a homework assignment: "Bring in rocks." When they bring in everything but rocks, Ms. Frizzle decides it is time for a field trip. Ms. Frizzle takes the class on a field trip inside the earth.
 

Before you begin this story, complete this worksheet. 

Our Earth 
 

Student Resources

The Magic School Bus - Inside The Earth

Day 1 Pages 6 -19

 

Vocabulary:

sediments

sedimentary rock

fossils

 

After reading the selection, review the following links and answer the questions.

Sediments are Everywhere

Sedimentary Rock


On a sheet of paper, write a brief explanation of how sedimentary rock is formed.




Fossils are the remains of animals and plants, or the record of their presence, preserved in the rocks of the Earth. 
Fossilization is the process that turns a once living thing into a fossil. There are lots of fossils to be found, but only a tiny number of all the animals and plants that ever lived have been fossilized.

What is a fossil

How are fossils formed?

Can you match the fossil with their modern relatives?

Fun activities with fossils

Fossil Formation Activities (Scroll to bottom of page)



After viewing images and completing activities about fossils, answer the following on a sheet of paper:

Name and/or draw one fossil formed by tracks or impressions in sediments.

Name and/or draw one fossil where bone or shell has been preserved as stone.




To make some sedimentary snacks, open the files below!
 

How Are Fossils Formed

The Magic School Bus - Inside The Earth

Day 2 Pages 20 -23




Vocabulary:

cave

stalactite

stalagmite




After reading the selection, review the following links and answer the questions.

Virtual Cave   or   Colossal Cave Tour


How are stalactites and stalagmites the same? How are they different? On a sheet of paper, make a Venn diagram to answer these questions.

 

Cave Glossary

How are caves formed? (w/video)

Types of caves

Animals that live in caves


The Magic School Bus - Inside The Earth

Day 3 Pages 24 -25

 

Vocabulary:

metamorphic rock

 

After reading the selection, review the following links and answer the question.

metamorphic rock

In your own words, explain, to a classmate, how metamorphic rock is formed.



Activity: Marshmallow Moosh (To find the activity, scroll to the bottom of the page.)




To make some metamorphic snacks, open the files below!

 

File Marshmellow Moosh

File Metamorphic Rock Cookies

File Metamorphic Rock Pancakes 

The Magic School Bus - Inside The Earth

Day 4 Pages 26 -33


Vocabulary:

igneous rock

volcano

lava

magma

 

After reading the selection, review the following links and answer the questions.

igneous rock

Name one type of igneous rock. On paper, describe it in words. Draw a picture.

 

Virtual tour: Volcano Explorer

 

Story: Rocky's Roots

Which parts of this story are true? Which parts are fiction? On paper, make a list of each.




To make some igneous snacks, open the file below!

 

File Igneous Rocks 

The Magic School Bus - Inside The Earth

Day 5 Pages 34 -36

What did you learn?

 

Worksheet: Our Earth

Complete this worksheet. Compare it to the one you finished before you read the story. What did you learn?

 

Online Quiz

Puzzle Page

 

Use vocabulary words to make a word search. Print out the word search. Give it to a friend to solve.