This week's Write On! Writing Prompt is a good one. It comes to us from Robyn who asks:
If you had to change the end of your favorite book, how would you change it?
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.
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.
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.
Cahills vs. Vespers Book 3: The Dead of Night, by Peter Lerangis, will be released on March 6, 2012. Here’s what the cover will look like! Read Chapter One.
For more about the books, and to start your training mission, go to the39clues.com.
Today's Trivia Quiz comes from Andy Griffiths, the author of the Butt books, the Just books, and the Schooling Around series. It is a True or False quiz of wacky facts from The World of Andy Griffiths.
The list below contains 10 wacky facts. Some of them are true; some are not. Can you guess which is fact and which is just whack?
Last week, Trivia Tuesday got very patriotic with a quiz all about U.S. Presidents. Now here are the answers about our country's greatest leaders! Did you get them all right or learn something new about your favorite President? Check the answers below to see how well you did!
This 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
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.
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:
Leave a Comment telling us YOUR ideas for adding kindness to the world. Let's make every day World Kindness Day!
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