Monthly Archives: November 2011

November 17, 2011


Posted by at 9:30 am in Movies & TV, Writing Prompt | Permalink

HF2-2This post is sponsored by Happy Feet Two.

In Happy Feet Two (rated PG), Mumble, The Master of Tap, has a problem. His tiny son, Erik, is choreophobic. Reluctant to dance, Erik runs away and encounters The Mighty Sven—a penguin who can fly! But when the world is shaken by powerful forces, Erik and Mumble bring together the penguin nations and all manner of fabulous creatures—from tiny krill to giant elephant seals—to put things right! See it in 3D or 2D in select theaters and in IMAX starting November 18, 2011.


What do you think these dancing penguins are saying? Leave your Caption in the Comments. Then help Erik dance his way away from the elephant seals in this maze game!

Images Courtesy of Warner Bros.

November 17, 2011

Kid Power! Love on a Leash Pet Therapy

Posted by at 2:40 am in Kid Power | Permalink

MakeadifferenceKid Power! Kids can make a difference! Every Thursday on Ink Splot 26, we'll show you a new idea for how YOU can make the world a better place.

Hello there! A few weeks ago we talked about Scholastic News Kid Reporter, Ashlyn, who donated her hair to Locks of Love. This week, another Scholastic News Kid Reporter volunteered his time to make the world a better place, and this community service involves a dog!

Damien has a three-and-a-half-year-old basset hound named Sammy. He knew that some seniors in the nursing home in his town rarely received visitors, so he brought Sammy to cheer them up. Sammy turned the place into a happy environment. People were waving and clapping, and playing with Sammy. Not only did Damien and Sammy make a difference at the home, but they also made new friends. Read more about Damien's experience.

There are plenty of places that can use a few smiles. If you have a well-behaved animal, you can share him or her like Damien did.

Here's how:

  1. You will need an adult to come with you, so make sure you have your guardian's permission. Another option is to ask your teacher, scout troop, or church group to set up a field-trip.
  2. Check with your vet to make sure your pet has all the required vaccinations.
  3. Visit or call your local home for seniors and let them know you're interested in volunteering. You might have to fill out an application. Don't get discouraged if they say no. Sometimes they need to go through a very particular process, or they might just be too busy.
  4. Set up a date for your visit. Make sure you mark it down somewhere important; you don't want to forget!
  5. Bring your animal and your smiles!

Could your beloved dog or cat be a therapy pet? If we incorporate small acts of kindness into our everyday lives to let other people know they are appreciated, we can definitely make a change in the world! It is simple and it just has to come from the heart. Let us know what you think in the Comments.

image from kids.scholastic.comGlory, Scholastic Intern (a.k.a. CupcakeChateau4)

November 16, 2011

The 39 Clues News

Posted by at 3:37 pm in Reads, The 39 Clues | Permalink

39clues_transparent_130x130The latest 39 Clues news

November 14, 2011

Write On! Triple Play Writing Prompt

Posted by at 1:49 am in Writing Prompt | Permalink

Writingprompt_genericThis week we have a triple play for our Write On! Writing Prompt. Which means . . . pick one and write on!

Our first prompt comes from karadoe2000:
Make up a family, and tell about the family’s day from each person’s point of view!

Our second prompt is from Emily:
Would you rather bungee jump off a cliff or get stranded on a deserted island?

And our third prompt from polarbearcute3:
Make your own characters in a book you love to read. You can even add your opinion if you want to change a part in the story.

All great prompts! Which one “prompts” you to answer? Leave your thoughts in the Comments below. Can’t wait to hear what you guys come up with!

—Ratha, Stacks Writer

November 11, 2011


Posted by at 9:58 am in Trivia | Permalink

Questionmark_130Hi everybody! Today is November 11, 2011: 11/11/11! Freaky, right?

Here is a trick to amaze your friends and family. Add your age to the last two digits of your birth year. The answer will be 11. For example, if you are 10 and were born in 2001 . . .
10 + 01 = 11

Try it. It will work with everyone born in this century. For people born in the 1900s, the answer will be 111 on account of we’re older. Test it on your friends, your parents, your dog. (Wait, it might not work in dog years. But if it does, leave a Comment letting us know!)

I don’t know why it works, but it does. It must be some fluke-y thing about 11, so Happy 11/11/11 Day! The numbers will never line up like this again in your lifetime unless you live another hundred years. Although . . . some people think the world is going to end in 2012. Personally, I’m not worried one bit. I think the world will still be around for 12/12/12 and beyond.

image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

November 10, 2011

Kid Power! World Kindness Day

Posted by at 1:03 am in Kid Power | Permalink

Makeadifference Kid Power! Kids can make a difference! Every Thursday on Ink Splot 26, we'll show you a new idea for how YOU can make the world a better place.

November 13 is World Kindness Day. It is a day for adding more kindness to the world. Not just to your friends and people you like, but to everyone, people who are different from you, people who are shy and never even talk to you, your neighbor who might be a little cranky sometimes, your brother who gets on your nerves, everyone! The world can never have enough kindness, so spread kindness all around to EVERYONE wherever you go!

Here are 10 ways that YOU can add kindness to the world:

  1. Leave something special at someone's locker: candy, a balloon, or just a fun smiley face on a post-it.
  2. Do your brother's or sister's chores. Do the one he or she hates the most.
  3. Make cards for the adults you love, and tell them why you love them.
  4. Pick up some trash. Spend an hour cleaning up a park, school, or even your neighborhood.
  5. Smile at 10 people today, especially people outside your own group of friends.
  6. Visit a grandparent or elderly friend. They get lonely sometimes and you can brighten their day. Bonus points if you bring homemade cookies!
  7. Give someone a truthful compliment, especially someone that maybe doesn't get a lot of compliments at school.
  8. Offer to help a neighbor with something: raking the leaves, shoveling snow, carrying the recycling to the curb.
  9. Offer to help an adult at school. Maybe you can put books away in the library, run errands for a teacher, or water the plants in the office.
  10. Make a list of all the kind things that people have done for you lately, and thank them.

Leave a Comment telling us YOUR ideas for adding kindness to the world. Let's make every day World Kindness Day!

image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

November 9, 2011

Tomorrow Girls

Posted by at 4:24 am in Reads | Permalink

Tomorrowgirls4If you were sent away to a secret school, what's the one thing you would bring with you? And then, what would you do if they took it away?image from

In the Tomorrow Girls series by Eva Gray, four thirteen-year-old girls meet at a top-secret school, and though they’ve been sent there for their own safety, they quickly realize that their school is not what they think it is. In this terrifying future world where America’s at war and everything is chaotic, they must rely on each other to survive.

There are now four books in the Tomorrow Girls series. Check out the first chapter of Book One: Behind the Gates, and let us know what you think in the Comments!

—Vanessa, Scholastic Staffer