As I researched my options for my son's 2nd grade science, I poured over book after book and option after option. Many just seemed way over his head, some were just too pricey and others, well, just looked like they sucked all the fun out of science! All the while, my little man continually asked, "Mom, can I watch one more Magic School Bus, pleeeeease?" Hmmmm, lightbulb!
So, I spent HOURS pulling together a plan for him to use these DVD's as a basis for his science curriculum. First, I purchased the entire 40 episodes of MSB for less than $40. Or, if you already have a subscription to stream Netflix, you can view all these episodes there!!! A wonderful reader has posted a list in the comments below to to let you know where to find each episode. Thank you, Tawnya!
I have included a reference on the plans for which disc to use each week, what the topic is, a book to read aloud, a project or experiment, a BrainPop Jr video (optional), and a writing assignment for each topic. The books, I request from my local library, the experiments are inexpensive and easy to do (most from Pinterest, yeah Pinterest!) and the writing assignments are all from great teachers and bloggers on Teacher's Pay Teachers - nearly all of them free! I even lined up some fun activities by the season like light at Christmas time, hearts and circulation in February and constructing a leprechaun trap in March.
|A glimpse of ANTS week materials|
If you would like to try this out for yourself, grab a copy of the Excel file HERE
If you decide to use the plans, either in part or as a whole, would you be so kind as to leave a comment below?