The State of South Carolina has a subscription to UnitedStreaming, a wonderful service offered by Discovery Channel. Teachers and homeschooling parents in South Carolina can register for a login to the website by contacting SC ETV with the name of their school or homeschool association. We use it a lot. Among other things, it has the enire series of The Magic School Bus.
If you don’t know the show, it concerns a teacher, Ms. Frizzle, who drives a “Magic School Bus” that transports the students into various weird situations to learn science. As the theme song explains the premise:
Surfin’ on a sound wave
Swingin’ through the stars
Take a left at your intestine
Take your second right past Mars.
. . .
Just to make your day complete
You might get baked into a pie
The kids love watching it. It’s amazing what they’ve learned just from that show alone, but I’d have thought they’d seen all the episodes by now.
They just watched one called “The Magic School Bus Cracks a Yolk.” Allie says they’ve never seen it before. In the episode, they enter the ovaries of a chicken and learn about reproduction at a lower elementary safe level.
There’s a scene where a kid, Arnold, is inside the fertilized chicken egg. They’ve used the School Bus to speed up the development of the chick.
Arnold: I’m beginning to see lots of parts, like a head an eyes!
Ms. Frizzle: That new chick is called an embryo, Arnold.
“New Chick” = “embryo.” Not “blob of tissue”?
Arnold: Hi, there, Embryo. I’m your egg-sitter. Hey It’s heart is beating! And blood is flowing to the yolk and back again.
Ms. Frizzle: To us, a yolk is yolk. To an embryo, it’s a yolk — food.
Another student, listening to Arnold over a radio, says he can see its eye “and, he’s singing!”
Arnold: Rock-a-bye, baby, inside this egg. Look how you grow: you’ve got
wings and got legs.
. . .
Other student: and feet. And, except for having a huge head, Arnold says it’s starting to look like a bird.
. . .
Mr. Ruhle (the principle): Does it have feathers yet?
Another student: Arnold says it does.
Very impressive! My high school civics teacher. Mr. Z, used to talk about how abortion became a personal issue for him–as opposed to “I’m Catholic, so I’m pro-life”–when his daughter came home with a fertilized chicken egg she was supposed to use for a science experiment. I forget if he said she was supposed to let it grow, and it broke on accident, or if breaking the egg was part of the experiment.
In either case, after a few days, the egg, which was about 5 days old, broke. They saw the blood and blood vessels in the yolk, and the embryonic chicken, with its beating heart and little legs and wings. He said that watching thay embryonic chicken die was the moment that made him committed to the pro-life cause.
OTOH, The Magic School Bus is sadly p.c., such as the “holiday episode”, where they keep talking about The Nutcracker, “the Holiday,” and Chanukah. Or the episode they watched yesteday, where Ms. Frizzle “quoted” “the old expression,” “when a door closes, a window opens” (leaving “God” obviously out).