Monthly Archives: December 2012

December 31, 2012

The 2012 Person of the Year Is. . .

Writing_prompt_generic2012 PERSON OF THE YEAR!

Time Magazine has their Person of the Year, and we now present the first ever . . . STACKS Person of the Year!

Last week, we asked you to nominate the person or group of people that have had the biggest impact in YOUR world in 2012. There were lots of amazing nominations, but the person (or in this case group of people) is . . . Niall Horan, Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson, and Liam Payne, a.k.a. One Direction.


  • ArtisticCat7 has personal reasons for nominating One Direction. ”They have made a big impact on my life because it’s the first time I was really involved in a band. It showed off a different side of me as a person.”
  • Caroline nominated them “because they’re just simply downright AMAZING!”
  • ChattyAngel42 summed it up saying, “They’re all so talented and nice! I think they should be nominated because they’ve gotten really popular this year.”

Happy New Year, One Direction! You are the STACKS Person of the Year!

December 31, 2012

Writing Prompt: Word of the Year 2012

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Writing_prompt_rainbow_penWriting Prompt: Word of the Year 2012

Have you ever noticed that the way people talk changes over time? Words that used to be popular start to sound annoying after a while, and new words that you never heard of before start to sound cool and fun. So today's Writing Prompt is a question for you. What was the most popular new word of 2012?

The American Dialect Society chooses a word every year that highlights what's prominent in the world of grown-ups that year. In 2011, the word was "occupy" because everyone was talking about the protest movements around Occupy Wall Street. In 2010, the words was "app" because apps were a new thing and everyone was going crazy for them.

The word of the year should be:

  • new or newly popular in 2012 
  • widely and/or prominently used in 2012
  • OR about something that's popular in 2012

What's YOUR word of the year for 2012? Leave a Comment to tell us what word was on everyone's lips at your school in 2012.

Have a happy new year!!!

image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

December 28, 2012

Calum Worthy Interview

Posted by at 1:16 am in Movies & TV | Permalink

WorthyCalum Worthy Interview

If you watch Austin and Ally, then you know who Calum Worthy is since he plays Dez on the show. You might not know that he is Canadian and will turn 22 on January 28. He first decided to become an actor at age 4 after seeing Macauley Culkin in Home Alone (rated PG). Basically, he has been acting, singing, and dancing his entire life. Read on to find out more about his role on Austin and Ally, plus his plans for the future.

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December 26, 2012

December Books of the Month!

Posted by at 1:29 am in Reads | Permalink

Writing_prompt_book_recommendationLast month I made a beautiful word cloud out of your book recommendations on the Reading Buzz Board. I asked you to tell us what books you are reading now, and here they are! YOUR December book recommendations in Wordle-y wonderfulness! I think Percy Jackson and The Hunger Games series(for ages 12 and up) are tied, but Harry Potter is up there too!


I need your help for next month’s Book Wordle. Leave a Comment with the title of the book you are reading right now. In January, I will make a new word cloud of all our reads for the whole month. So fun! I love Worldle-ing!

image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

December 25, 2012

2012 Top Record-Breaking Moments

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Guinnes2013Guinness World Records Top Record-Breaking Moments of 2012

Guinness World Records, the universally recognized authority on record-breaking achievement, reveals the most remarkable records from 2012! Read on for the most amazing, astounding, and awesome records of 2012!

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December 23, 2012

2012 Person of the Year!

Posted by at 11:00 am in News, Writing Prompt | Permalink

Writing_prompt_generic2012 PERSON OF THE YEAR!

Time Magazine has their Person of the Year, and now presenting the first ever . . . STACKS Person of the Year!

Tell us the person OR group of people that have had the biggest impact in YOUR world this year. Just write your nomination in the Comments below. The nominee who gets the most comments by December 31st will be named STACKS Person of the Year. We’ll announce the winner on New Year’s Day.

You can go serious, silly, or somewhere in between. President Obama, One Direction, The Fierce Five Olympians, Taylor Swift . . . You get the idea.
We can’t wait to see who you nominate.

Come back on New Year’s Day for the 2012 STACKS Person of the Year Winner!

Happy Happy!

—Ratha, STACKS Writer

December 20, 2012

How to Make a Recycled Plastic Snowflake

Posted by at 4:06 am in Kid Power | Permalink

Winter_130How to Make a Recycled Plastic Snowflake

I know you guys love recycling stuff. Well here is a way to take those ugly, evil plastic six-pack rings and recycle them into something beautiful. When I saw this video showing how to make a snowflake out of them, I flipped! It doesn’t even look hard! I am so making this!

SnowflakeWatch the Snowflake how-to video and start collecting those plastic rings. You can make a pretti-ful winter wonderland.

Leave a Comment telling us how awesome you think these snowflakes are! Do you have any other recycled craft ideas? Leave those in the Comments too.

image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

December 19, 2012

The Mysterious Benedict Society Readalikes

Posted by at 3:52 am in Reads | Permalink

Mysteriousbs-bus_130Books Like The Mysterious Benedict Society

Today’s Readalikes are for The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart. When 11-year-old Reynie answers this ad in the newspaper (“Are you a gifted child looking for special opportunities?”), he has no idea of the adventures he is about to get into. He and 3 other kids pass a series of strange tests that admit them into the Mysterious Benedict Society. That’s when their lives start getting strange!

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