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Ups And Downs: A Book About Floating And Sinking (Magic School Bus TV Tie-Ins)

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Is there a monster living in Walker Lake? That's what Ms.Fizzle's class is trying to find out. The kids try to dive down under the water, but the bus won't go! The class has to figure out how to turn their floater into a sinker so they can solve the mystery of the underwater monster. Take a dive with the Magic School Bus, and learn why things float and sink!
Paperback, 32 pages
Published February 1st 1997 by Scholastic Paperbacks (first published January 1st 1997)
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Eva Leger
Jan 27, 2011 Eva Leger rated it really liked it
Shelves: julias-books
Julia loves the Magic School Bus shows and books. As soon as she stumbles upon a new one at the library I know what we'll be reading - over and over - for a few days. This was only read once and the reason for that is because Julia found another Magic School Bus book about dinosaurs at the same time. Since dinosaurs are just about her favorite thing in the whole wide world (besides her mommy of course...) The Magic School Bus: In the Time of the Dinosaurs was the one we read over and over and ov ...more
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The Magic School Bus Ups and Downs: A Book About Floating and Sinking
Have you ever wanted to go on a field trip with Ms. Frizzle? Now is your chance! Take a "dive" into learning about sinking and floating with the Frizz.

This book is a great way to teach opposites to students with real life connections.
Dolly
Feb 09, 2010 Dolly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This was a good book in the Magic School Bus series, but I think it was better as a television episode. It was easier to visualize the concepts and how it worked. But in any case, our girls love these books and we read every one that we can get our hands on. It's always the first book they want to read.
Amy Olson
Apr 04, 2011 Amy Olson rated it really liked it
The Magic School Bus book series are great double duty books that work in literacy and in science! The Magic School Bus Ups and Downs explores the scientific theory of sinking and floating in kid friendly writing. Common reading strategies like predicting, doing a picture walk, inferring etc. can all be incorporated in this book.
Little Miss and the Legomeister
I love the Magic School Bus books. I've read quite a few over the years. Legomeister loved them a couple of years ago. He still checks them out sometimes, but he doesn't ask me to read them to him anymore. Now it's Little Miss who requests them.

The Magic School Bus Characters learn the principles of buoyancy and uncover a fraud.
Adrienne
My son liked the story but got confused between what was real and what wasn't. He understood the explanations about floating and sinking but then thought that the bus could actually crumple. He had a hard time deciding what was true and what was not.
Bethany
Jan 17, 2013 Bethany rated it really liked it
I would love to read this book to students and then do a hands-on activity so they could see what does float and sink. They also could use a log sheet to make predicitons of what will float or sink based on their prior knowledge.

Topic: floating and sinking
Grades: 1-5
Mary Dolce
May 13, 2007 Mary Dolce rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Kids as young as 4 and up
Shelves: picturebooks
A regular pick off our shelf by my 6 and 4 year old for me to read to them and educational too ! I get into doing the voices of the characters and its one of those books that I don't mind reading a number of times (I guess if I did, It would be hidden somewhere..)
ABC
Aug 06, 2011 ABC rated it liked it
There is a monster at the bottom of the pond...or is there? Ms. Frisby and the kids find out for sure. The science was a little confusing.
Keely Shannon
Jun 28, 2014 Keely Shannon rated it really liked it
This book doesn't have as much teaching potential as some of the other books in the series, but it's still a great read with a solid theme.
Theresa
Jul 26, 2011 Theresa rated it liked it
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this is a book about science and exploration. looking at float or sinking
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Joanna Cole who also writes under the pseudonym B. J. Barnet is an author of children’s books who teaches science.

She is most famous as the author of The Magic School Bus series of children's books. Joanna Cole has written over 250 books ranging from her first book Cockroach to her famous series Magic School Bus.

Cole was born in Newark, New Jersey, and grew up in nearby East Orange. She loved scie
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