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June 29, 2016

Shark Books for Kids

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Shark WeekIf you can’t get enough of Shark Week, here are some books to fuel your obsession.

10 True Tales: Surviving Sharks By Allan Zullo for Ages 8–12

Can you imagine getting bitten by a shark? Or having an elephant try to trample you? Or running for your life from a cougar? This book contains ten true stories of real-life survivors of attacks by some of the animal kindgom’s scariest predators!

Into the Killing Seas By Michael P. Spradlin for Ages 8–12

Stranded in the war-torn Pacific, Patrick and his younger brother Teddy are finally homeward-bound. They’ve stowed away on one of the U.S. Navy’s finest ships, and now they just need to stay hidden. But Japanese torpedoes rip their dream apart. And the sinking ship isn’t the worst of it. No, the real danger circles beneath the surface. And it has teeth . . .

Deep Dive #4: Kraya the Blood Shark By Adam Blade  for Ages 7-10

Max and Lia have tracked the evil Professor to his lair in the Black Caves. Neither of them is ready for what awaits them there. Kraya the Blood Shark, with his razor sharp teeth and laser cannons, is the most vicious of all the Robobeasts. Max must survive if he wants to finally come face-to-face with the Professor to save his father and retrieve the fourth and final piece of the Skull of Thallos. But there are still some secrets Max has not uncovered, and they could lead to Max’s defeat.

Jack Gets a Clue #4: The Case of the Loose-Toothed Shark By Nancy Krulik, Illustrated by Gary Lacoste for Ages 7-10

When a giant shark tooth fossil went missing during my little sister Mia’s birthday party at the aquarium, I found myself in really deep water—the aquarium staff accused me of stealing it. No way would I steal something, even if it was a cool fossil. What I could do, though, was talk to the animals at the aquarium to find out who the real thief was. My brainiac detective partner Elizabeth and I would have to work fast to clear my name before the end of the day.

Scholastic Discover More: Sharks By Penelope Arlon  for Ages 7-10

Sharks are incredible creatures and we are just beginning to understand their complex lives. Thorough, up-to-date information is combined with cutting-edge facts about sharks’ amazing memories, shark no-go zones, and cleaners and clingers-on: fish that travel with and attend sharks. The book encourages an active response: sharks are endangered and here’s what you can do about it.

I Survived #2: I Survived the Shark Attack of 1916 By Lauren Tarshis for Ages 8-12

In the summer of 1916, ten-year-old Chet Roscow is captivated by the local news: a Great White shark has been attacking and killing people up and down the Atlantic Coast, not far from Chet’s hometown of Springfield, New Jersey. Then one day, swimming with his friends, Chet sees something in the water. . .

June 14, 2016

Insect Trivia Quiz

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insectQuiz: How Well Do You Know Bugs?

1. Which story does NOT feature a ladybug as a main character? A) James and The Giant Peach. B) A Bug’s Life. C) Pokémon. D) Harry Potter.

2. The fear of spiders is called: A) Arachnophobia. B) Acrophobia. C) Acarophobia. D) Agoraphobia.

3. Which insect builds a cocoon and transforms itself into a butterfly? A) Ant. B) Mite. C) Caterpillar. D) Ladybug.

4. Which bug harbors the bacterium in its stomach that causes Lyme Disease? A) Roaches. B) Deer ticks. C) Bees. D) Crickets.

5. Which insect’s lifespan depends mostly on temperature, humidity, and its ability to successfully obtain blood for food? A) Wasps. B) Maggots. C) Mosquitoes. D) June beetles.

6. Which insect lives among human hairs and feeds on extremely small amounts of blood drawn from the scalp? A) Lice. B) Termites. C) Worms. D) Pill bugs.

7. How many eyes do spiders usually have? A) Eight. B) Seven. C) Three. D) None.

8. Which insect has earned the nickname “pincher bug”? A) Earwigs. B) Yellow jackets. C) Fleas. D) Ants.

9. Which insects create societies most closely paralleling those created by humans? Hint, this insect has roles nicknamed: “workers,” “soldiers,” and “queens.” A) Silk worms. B) Centipedes. C) Ants. D) Flies.

10. A firefly is part of which family of insects? A) Beetles. B) Flies. C) Bees. D) Butterflies.

Read on for the answers. Continue reading

June 9, 2016

Coins for Cancer Campaign

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Start Your Own Coins for Cancer Campaign

Cancer is a pressing issue around the world right now, and we need to do something to stop it. All cancers are a problem, but there are some that are more lethal than others. Brain Cancer is one of these cancers that are very harmful and lethal. Researchers and scientists are doing everything they can to find a cure, but even with over 60 years of time, we haven’t made enough progress.

 A lot of people hear stories about young people being diagnosed with cancer, and they fight through it and survive, but that isn’t everyone. Most patients diagnosed with cancer end up succumbing to it. This is why we need to find a cure. Researchers and scientists can help exterminate this horrible disease by receiving increased funds that help them conduct more research, increase clinical trial studies, and upgrade their equipment to assist with developing a cure.

Citizens like you can help this cause by donating money to researchers, scientists, non-profit groups and proton therapy centers. You can also help by raising awareness about this disease around your community, and by supporting patients that have been diagnosed with this disease. I think that everyone needs to play a part in this fight against cancer. Even if it is something small, like having a bake sale where funds go to cancer research, everything counts.

Ask your parents and teachers to help you start your own campaign to help raise money and donate it to a research organization!

Alex, Scholastic Kids Council

June 8, 2016

Harry Potter Kid Review

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Ever read a book where the main character lives with mean relatives because something happened to his or her parents? That’s how Harry Potter’s life has been for all of his eleven years. He must endure life with his aunt’s family, the Dursleys, who make him sleep in the cupboard under the stairs. He only has extremely faint memories of his parents, whom he was told died in a car crash.

One day, he gets a letter addressed to his cupboard. Before he can read it, his uncle tears it up. But the letters keep coming, and Harry’s aunt and uncle become terrified. They run from the letters to a small hut on a small rocky island.

Harry realizes that his eleventh birthday is coming up tomorrow. He counts down the minutes and seconds as he tries to fall asleep.

At midnight exactly, Harry and the Dursleys receive a surprise — a surprise that whisks Harry away to a world of magic. He learns about his parents and so much more.

But there’s a villain on the loose — the man who murdered Harry’s parents. The clock is ticking, and few know his plans.

My mom had trouble getting into the first book, and it took her a few tries. She’s very glad she stuck with it. If you don’t like it at first, just push through the first few chapters. The first time I read this book, I was in first grade. I have read it many times since, and have read all of the books in the series at least once. The last four are a little darker, but I was fine with them.

The book Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone by J.K. Rowling is amazingly well written, and expresses old concepts in new ways. It brings together bravery, friendship, and knowing whom to trust. This book would be great for anyone who wants to escape into another world. If you already love Harry, then you can go to the Harry Potter Message Board to chat with other Harry Potter fans.

Julie, Scholastic Kids Council

June 7, 2016

Cartoon Trivia Quiz

Posted by at 1:28 am in Movies & TV, Trivia | Permalink

Cartoon Trivia Quiz

You have seen every animated movie there is, and you are obsessed with cartoons, but how well do you know the history of this art form? How well do you really know cartoons?

1. Which one of these things does NOT happen to Nemo? A) He gets lost. B) He earns the nickname “Shark Bait.” C) He gets flushed down the toilet. D) He befriends a fish named Gill.

2. Which animated movie was the first to win an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature? A) Toy Story B) Shrek C) Aladdin D) Nightmare Before Christmas

3. Jack Black voices which of these animated martial arts experts? A) Samurai Jack B) Aang the Avatar C) Kai from Ninjago D) Po the Kung Fu Panda

4. Which of these was a cartoon BEFORE it was a live-action movie? A) Avatar: The Last Airbender B) Batman C) Ghostbusters D) Star Wars

5. Which of these male cartoon characters is actually voiced by a woman? A) Bart Simpson B) Ash Ketchum C) Timmy Turner D) All of the Above

6. The only time Mickey Mouse and Bugs Bunny have shared the same screen is in which movie? A) Who Framed Roger Rabbit B) The Emperor’s New Groove C) Space Jam D) Lilo and Stitch

7. Which of these Disney villains was still alive at the end of his or her movie? A) Gaston B) Captain Hook C) Ursula D) Scar

8. This cartoon is the longest running animated TV show in history: A) The Flintstones B) Scooby Doo C) The Simpsons D) SpongeBob SquarePants

9. What was the very first full-length animated movie released in America? A) Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs B) Pinocchio C) Fantasia D) Alice in Wonderland

10. Which famous director got his start as a Disney animator? A) Steven Spielberg B) George Lucas C) Joss Whedon D) Tim Burton

Read on for the answers. Continue reading

June 3, 2016

Make Your Own MASH Game

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M.A.S.H.How to make your own M.A.S.H. game

Want to know your future? All you have to do is gather your friends and play a game of M.A.S.H.  (In case you don’t know, M.A.S.H. stands for Mansion, Apartment, Shack, House.) You can play the online M.A.S.H. game here, but if you want to play without a computer . . .

STEP 1) Get a sheet of paper and write “M.A.S.H” at the top of the page in big letters. Then think of four categories. They can be anything you want, but most people choose: people to marry, future jobs, how wealthy they will be, and the number of kids they’ll have. Now pick four answers for each category. To make the game more interesting, have your friends pick the answers for you!

STEP 2) Draw a box at the bottom of the page with a dot in the middle. Close your eyes and have your friend draw a spiral in the box starting from the dot. After a few seconds say, “Stop!” Then open your eyes and count the spiral’s rings. That number is your lucky number.

STEP 3) Start at the “M” in M.A.S.H and count up to your lucky number. When you stop, cross out whatever you land on. (For instance, if your lucky number is three, start counting at “M” and when you land on “S” cross it out.) Keep counting up to your lucky number, going through each category before circling back to the beginning. When there is only one answer in each category, circle it. That is your future!

So what did you get? A mansion, with your crush, and four kids? Who knows? It may just come true (unless you ended up in a shack with someone you can’t stand)! Then, you can always play again! Good luck!

June 2, 2016

Stop Littering

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Littering Is Awful!

One way you can stop littering is by not throwing garbage and recycling everywhere. Every time I go on the highway, I see items such as soda cans and wrappers on the ground. Why can’t people just use a bag? Get a recyclable bag, and keep it in your car. Then you can just put your garbage or recycling into the bag instead of onto a highway. Or better yet, why don’t you wait until you get to your destination to throw out or recycle things?

litteringAnother way you can prevent littering is by picking up after others. You can organize or join an expedition to pick up garbage from places where people have littered near you. All you need to organize an expedition is volunteers, bags, and gloves. Or, you can use trash grabbers, if you don’t want to use gloves.

There are simple things that you can do to help stop littering. Find the right one for you. Start a club at your school or join the Save the Planet Message Board to talk about ways you can help make the world a better place!

Kayla, Scholastic Kids Council

May 30, 2016

If Your User Name Came to Life

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If Your User Name Came to Life . . .

Today’s blog post comes from PurpleFairy1862 who asks, “What happened when your user name came alive?”

Here is her answer: 1,862 purple fairies are trying to kill me by using a magical spell while I am in a trap.

What would happen if YOUR user name came to life? Go to the STACK Back Message Board and leave your answer for your own user name. If you don’t have a user name, it’s easy to get one — and free! Sign up now.