Elementary Science

The Magic School Bus

In reference to the magic school bus books, not videos - would you consider these to be nonfiction or fiction? I feel like they could go either way, especially since I have found information labeling it as one somewhere and the other somewhere else. Regardless, what are some suggestions you have of fiction books for kindergarteners that would work for teaching living and nonliving? I have found some books, but all have been considered nonfiction (one is filed in the library as fiction, so I am accepting that one as fiction - trust the library over the internet right?!). Thank you in advance!

Samantha Coyle
Samantha Coyle
2245 Activity Points

The Magic School Bus TV show and books are considered Science Fiction. The Genre of Science Fiction has roots and ties to Science Fact (the non-fiction part of Magic School Bus) and in many cases the scientific community considers most Science Fiction a preclude to Science Fact; a way of saying "This is what we have and were we are, this is what we do not know and this is what has yet to be understood, discovered, or invented. The Fiction part of Science Fiction allows things that can't happen, or did not happen, or have yet to happen, to happen, a suspension of reality if you will for the sake of the story or the theoretical concept to be explained in scientific terms without the "red flag" of the human mind going up and saying that such a thing can not or has not happened. The Magic School Bus has a basis in Science Fact (in fact it is all science fact), but the characters and adventures that said characters have (and yes, the bus is a character) are fiction.

Logan Danna
Logan
1200 Activity Points

I would say fiction because I believed that it was just a cartoon that would keep the younger children more interested in Science.

Linda Ngo
Linda Ngo
2765 Activity Points

I agree I think they are fiction just for the fact that the bus shrinks to go into different places. I think that this was created to have children build an interest in science.

Mireya Alvarado
Mireya Alvarado
1455 Activity Points

Thanks guys! I feel like these could still be considered a mixture, but will probably consider them their own category.

Samantha Coyle
Samantha Coyle
2245 Activity Points

I think that the magic school bus can be considered fiction because of the adventures that the school bus goes through.

Jessica Pacheco
Jessica Pacheco
1370 Activity Points

The Magic School Bus would definitely be considered as Science Fiction, however, it is a great way to engage students into the learning content. Especially when you are working with a younger group of kids, you want to engage them in the beginning of the lesson, this would be a great introduction by using The Magic School Bus.

Maria Nolasco
Maria Nolasco
1850 Activity Points

I have to agree with you Maria. I teach first grade and my students absolutely love Ms. Frizzle and all her adventures. I wanted to let you know that all the episodes are on Netflix Kids and I use them in my classroom as a reward for my students.

Nicole Bristol
Nicole Bristol
595 Activity Points

Maria I agree with you definitely Science fiction because non-fiction is classified by it's attachment to reality. Thanks for your thoughts!

Jenna Bucklew
Jenna Bucklew
655 Activity Points

Science Fiction, the students love these videos as well!

Maria Martinez
Maria Martinez
1555 Activity Points

Magic School Bus really floats directly in between both nonfiction and fiction. I have used it for either.

Raven Davidson
Raven Waikel
2145 Activity Points

I would say fiction. The topics within the book are clearly non-fiction topics, but the way they go about discussing the topics in the book are fiction. The idea is still a great idea because the kids would much rather read about a transforming school bus taking us on an adventure through the human body instead of reading a textbook about the same information.

Kifton Vanemon
Kifton Vanemon
660 Activity Points

The magic school bus is a good resource to introduce students to the content you will be teaching. Sometimes, if your school has a literacy library (focused on literacy development through intervention) they also have books that are great for science. They are developed to support the student reading level but contain important and relevant information on science topics. They are also a great resource for all students because they tend to come in different reading levels, which can help you differentiate if you include them in your lesson.

Karen Nerio
Karen Nerio
1100 Activity Points

I think they need a category all on their own! They are a mixture of both fiction and nonfiction.

Rae Melinder
Rae Melinder
1265 Activity Points

I agree, I would also say Fiction. This show is great for building interest in science and encouraging students to learn.

Michelle Diosa
Michelle Diosa
435 Activity Points

I agree with the genre. However, the factual side bars are total science non-fiction (factoids) and can be used beautifully as opposed to 'typical' science fiction which can be more fantasy than scientific fiction. Thanks!]

Christi Marquardt
Christi Marquardt
380 Activity Points

Yes!

Christine Bedwell
Christine Bedwell
1605 Activity Points

I had this discussion in a book study last year and thought it was funny that it came up here. I do agree it would be science fiction but there are some books that are difficult to fit in one shoe. I'll see if I can remember our whole discussion and come back later.

Christine Bedwell
Christine Bedwell
1605 Activity Points

I would love to hear it if you remember!

Samantha Coyle
Samantha Coyle
2245 Activity Points

I think the magic school bus videos are great as a quick review. I do not use them as a teaching tool, but the kids love to watch them as a fun quick review on days such as field trip days or after tests when there is time.

Haley Johnston
Haley Johnston
1455 Activity Points

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