Ms. Frizzle’s students are used to the weird things that happen in her classroom, like going to the first Thanksgiving or chasing after birds to see where they live.

Something unusual indeed happens in “The Magic School Bus and the Climate Challenge,” where Tim, Wanda, Dorothy Ann, Ralphie and Keesha jump on the bus with “The Friz” — as they affectionately call their eccentric teacher — and get to see how the polar caps are melting and how energy from renewable sources is produced.

The adventures of Ms. Frizzle and her students are well known across the United States and have been typically used in English language development classes. But given its scientific potential, the book about climate change will be used for science lessons in the Salinas Valley as new science standards are implemented across California.

“How do we re-engage in science education after years of focusing on English and math?” Mark O’Shea, professor of education and leadership at CSU Monterey Bay, asked a group of about 80 teachers. “Let’s start from that.”

On Wednesday, teachers and administrators of El Camino Education Alliance put together a workshop called “Inquiry through Literacy,” a professional development afternoon for teachers to get ideas on how to implement the Next Generation Science Standards.

Click here to read the full story in the Monterey Herald (November 9, 2017)

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