April 27, 2015
Writing Prompt: Famous Person Switcheroo
In Freaky Friday, the mother and daughter switch places for a day, and the mother has to go to school and be the kid, and the kid has to handle all the mom duties by herself. Well, imagine what it would be like to switch places for a day with a famous person! Would you want to feel what it was like to be Tom Brady passing a game-winning touchdown? Or Ariana Grande performing in front of a sold-out crowd? Or the President of the United States making important decisions in the Oval Office?
For today’s Writing Prompt, we want to know . . .
If you could trade lives with a famous person for one day, who would it be?
If you would rather switch with a book character, that is ok too. Hermione Granger may be a made-up person, but she is still totally famous! Leave your answers in the Comments below.
- Ratha, STACKS Writer
April 24, 2015
It’s Game Time: Bella and the Bulldogs Would You Rather!
Based on overwhelming responses to our recent interview with Brec Bassinger, we know her new Nickelodeon show Bella and the Bulldogs scored a touchdown with you guys! She’s the bubbly cheerleader who suddenly finds herself fulfilling her dream of becoming the quarterback of the school football team! If you’re a fan, check out our Bella and the Bulldogs Would You Rather.
Would You Rather . . .
- Be the star quarterback OR the head cheerleader?
- Go to an NFL game OR an NBA game?
- Go shopping at Justice OR Sports Authority?
- Live on a ranch in Texas OR a mansion in California?
- Get a sports scholarship to college OR an academic scholarship?
- Lift weights OR learn a dance routine?
- Have to sleep in a football helmet OR a ski mask?
- Have to take a math test OR play fantasy football?
- Wear a dress to a formal dance OR a tuxedo?
- Be the only boy/girl on a team OR be on an all same-sex team (all-girls or all-boys)?
Let us know your answers in the Comments below, and tell us what YOUR call is on Bella and the Bulldogs!
-Ratha, STACKS Writer
April 22, 2015
It’s Earth Day today!
“You are the future generation. You are the ones who are going to have to deal with this mess that everybody else behind us has gotten us into!” says ten-year-old Grace in HBO’s family documentary Saving My Tomorrow, airing tonight at 7:30 p.m.
This latest installment in the Saving My Tomorrow series showcases the ways kids are doing their part to clean up the environment. Focusing on plastic pollution and deforestation, the special includes stories about the Amazon rainforest and the albatross, and follows young activists around the world as they clean up beaches, plant trees, and demonstrate at City Hall. The creators of the show also made a whole list of Monthly Eco-Tips so you can celebrate Earth Day every month during the year. Earth Day is every day! Here is the tip for April.
APRIL • Cleanup days. Participate in cleanup days at a local beach or park or river, helping pick up litter before it harms wildlife. You will become better connected with the ecosystems in your community too.
What will you do to celebrate Earth day? Will you plan a cleanup in your community? Will you watch the HBO special Saving My Tomorrow? Tell us in the Comments.
Sonja, STACKS Staffer
Image courtesy of HBO
April 21, 2015
Famous Books Written by Literary Dogs
We already know that cats are literary geniuses. While people consider dogs to be “human’s best friend,” did you know that they’re also great writers? I had no idea how many famous books were written by dogs until I found this stash of books hidden out in the dog house . . . buried under a few of my dog’s favorite chew toys.
Can you identify these famous literary masterpieces written by dogs?
- Hairy Pawter and the Sorcerer’s Bone by J.K. Rawhide
- The Woof According to Humphrey by Betty G. Bark-ney
- Diary of a Wimpy Dog: Doggy Days by Jeff Kennel
- Dear Dalmatian Diary by Jim Bone-ton
- I Survived Hurricane CAT-trina by Lauren Terrier
Leave your answers in the Comments below, and let us know what books you would find in your dog library!
-Ratha, STACKS Writer
“The Librarian” Flickr photo by aussiegall adapted with permission
“Dog Looks Like Harry Potter” Flickr photo by Pets Advisor adapted with permission
April 20, 2015
Take This Quiz of Random Awesomeness!
Here is a quick 5-question quiz from the STACKS Buzz Board.
Copy and reply with your answers in the Comments.
- Current favorite TV show??
- Current favorite singer/band??
- What are you going to be doing in 47 minutes from now??
- What is the temperature outside RIGHT NOW??
- You found $500. What are you going to do with it?
April 17, 2015
Sponsored Post Star Banks Adventure
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Accompanied by spacey music and a story line that unfolds as you go, Star Banks Adventure is a blast!
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April 17, 2015
Join the Revolution to Save Planet Earth!
Revolution is a new movie that shows the devastating environmental effects of ocean acidification, tar sands, deforestation, over-population, pollution and food scarcity. Filmed over 4 years in 15 countries in some of the most remote and breathtaking locations, Revolution is an inspiring call to action about the man-made catastrophe facing our world. Uncovering the cause of the mass extinctions of the past, this film shows the revolution needed to save our planet now.
In the movie, you can see that the global conservation movement depends on the passion of young people. There are kids featured throughout the movie, including 13-year-old Felix Finkbeiner of Germany. In his hometown, he leads an environmental group called Plant for the Planet, which has so far planted 194 trees — one tree for every country that met at the United Nations Planet Conference. Joining a rally of protesters outside the conference, he invited all the ministers and heads of state to come outside to plant the trees of their country. His goal is to plant one million trees in each country of the world.
So inspiring! Kids CAN make a difference, so tell us in the Comments what you will do to help save the earth!
Sonja, STACKS Staffer
April 16, 2015
Solar Energy Can Solve the Biggest Problem in the World Today
I think that one of the biggest problems on Earth today is the usage of power. Solar energy is the solution. We all know the sun’s rays give off heat, right? Well, did you know that the energy from the sun can be collected and concentrated to produce usable power? When I’m finished, you’ll be more informed and surely switch to solar energy. Let’s get started!
The first advantage of solar energy is that no matter how much humans use the sun for its power, it won’t ever run out. Another advantage is that solar energy reduces the cost of electricity bills. Actually, it doesn’t just reduce the cost; solar energy takes the cost away entirely! My last advantage is it’s a clean source of power because it takes away use of fossil fuels that pollute the atmosphere.
There are many advantages, but you must take into account the disadvantages of using solar energy. One disadvantage is that solar energy is more expensive than other power sources because you have to pay for getting the panels installed. Another disadvantage is, depending on the area you live in, there will have to be a certain number of solar panels needed, which can also affect the placing of the solar panels. The last disadvantage is that only 40% of the sun’s energy is used by the solar panels, which means 60% is wasted.
Solar energy is a clean, renewable source that helps protect the environment. It may be more expensive, but it’s worth it over time. If more people switch to solar energy, then less pollution may reverse the effects of global warming!
What do YOU think about solar energy? Join the conversation on the Save the Planet Message Board.
Rowan, Scholastic Kids Council
April 15, 2015
More Proof That J. K. Rowling ROCKS!
Part 1 of a 2-part interview with Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling appeared on the Today Show this week. There is good news and bad news. The bad news for Harry Potter fans is that she said she is definitely not working on another Harry Potter book. “Harry Potter 8, as in what happened next to Harry, Ron and Hermione — I don’t think that’s going to happen.” Oh well . . .
But the good news is pretty amazing! J. K. Rowling has started a charity called Lumos. (Awesome name, right?) According to the Lumos website, the goal is to eliminate all orphanages and replace them with “community based services that provide children with access to health, education and social care tailored to their individual needs.”
As you probably know, Lumos is the spell to make light, so this name has a special meaning. This charity will help bring the problem of orphanages to light, and hopefully inspire people to change that system. And it will also be a light of hope to the children living in them and can hopefully make their lives much better.
In the Today Show interview, J. K. Rowling said, “I definitely will write for children again, ’cause I love writing for kids. So that will definitely happen, and that will sit comfortably alongside this work [Lumos]. And maybe I’ll get to read that new work to some of these children.”
Did you even need more proof that J. K. Rowling is a goddess? Well, there it is! Do you love her even more now? Leave your reactions in the Comments!
Sonja, STACKS Staffer
April 15, 2015
The Candymakers (for ages 9 and up) by Wendy Mass
Today’s book recommendation comes from HotelPurple42 on the Reading Buzz Board.
The Candymakers is about the candy factory called “Life is Sweet” and it is having a competition for kids to create a one-of-a-kind candy. The winning candy will be sold everywhere. All the kids who want to enter have to write an essay on why they want to make candy. Out of all those entries, 4 children are chosen: Logan (a Life Is Sweet employee’s son), Daisy (who can lift a 50-pound roll of taffy), Miles (who is allergic to rowboats, the color pink, pancakes, jazz music, and merry-go-rounds) and Phillip (who is always wearing a suit and tie and is scribbling in a secret notebook). This is all I can give you. It’s a really great book.
Have you read this book? What do you think? Leave a Comment and go to the Reading Buzz Board to join the book discussion!