March 5, 2015
Join the Hand and Hand Anti-Bullying Club
Bullying is such a big problem for kids, so we started a club to help you deal with it. Go to the STACK Back Message Board and tell us your stories of being bullied. If you don’t want to go into detail you don’t have to. We are here for you though.
My story: I’ve been bullied almost every year in school. I was tired of it and needed to do something about it. My best friend Layla and I created this organization to help people like us. This is for YOU GUYS.
Join us here!
Rowan, Scholastic Kids Council
February 26, 2015
New IMAX Movie About Humpback Whales!
Humpback Whales is an extraordinary journey into the mysterious world of one of nature’s most awe-inspiring marine mammals. Set in the spectacular waters of Alaska, Hawaii, and the remote islands of Tonga, this ocean adventure gives an up-close look at how these whales sing, feed, play, and take care of their young. Humpbacks were nearly driven to extinction 50 years ago, but today are making a recovery. Join a team of researchers as they unlock the secrets of the humpback and find out why humpbacks are the most acrobatic of all whales, why they sing their haunting songs, and why these intelligent, 55-foot, 50-ton animals migrate up to 10,000 miles round-trip every year.
Watch this video for a behind-the-scenes look into the making of the movie!
Download the Humpback Whales Activity Booklet!
• Humpback whales are found in all oceans on Earth. Populations migrate between summer feeding grounds in temperate polar waters and winter mating grounds in tropical waters. In a sense, the humpback connects all of the world’s oceans.
• Humpback whales are named for the arching motion they make with their backs in preparation for diving. Their scientific name Megaptera Novaeangliae means “great wing,” referring to their large flippers.
• Some of earth’s largest mammals, humpbacks can reach between 40 and 55 feet (about the length of a school bus) and weigh up to 50 tons (about the weight of 500 average-sized human beings). Their lungs alone are about the size of a compact car.
• Humpbacks are one of the few animal species in which females are larger than males.
• The humpback diet consists of krill and varieties of small schooling fish and they have been observed eating up to a ton of food a day when in feeding grounds.
• Humpback whales can swim in bursts up to 16 mph, but swim at slower speeds when feeding.
• A newborn humpback calf can be 10-15 feet long at birth and weigh up to a ton.
• Only the males sing. A humpback song can last as long as 20 minutes, and sometimes the same song will be repeated for hours.
Do YOU think we should do more to protect humpback whales? Join the Save the Planet Message Board to share your thoughts about these glorious animals!
Humpback Whales photos copyright © Brandon Cole
February 25, 2015
Harry Potter Shipping!
Today’s question comes from BubblyBookworm12 on the Harry Potter Board. I am VERY CURIOUS to see your responses to this one!!
I was taking a break from studying when I realized I hadn’t been here in ages. Aaaaages. So I logged on, had a look at all the old posts, and noticed my Harry Potter shipping challenges. Everyone had such great responses and seemed to enjoy them, I thought why not post another? So, here it goes. . .
This week’s couple is:
Professor McGonagall &Vernon Dursley!!!
Leave a Comment saying why you think they could or could NEVER IN A MILLION YEARS be a good couple!
February 23, 2015
Create a Caption for This Terrifying Dinosaur
There is a dinosaur on the loose! It’s huge and ferocious . . . and blue? Uh, ok. What do you think this creature is saying? Leave your captions in the Comments!
“Spinausorus bleu” Flickr photo by Jeanne Menj
February 20, 2015
Brec Bassinger is Bella!
A lot of you are fans of Nickelodeon’s newest live-action comedy series, Bella and the Bulldogs. Bella Dawson (played by Brec Bassinger) is a confident, caring, and talented teenager who suddenly finds herself fulfilling a lifelong dream — as quarterback of the school’s football team. We interviewed the actress Brec Bassinger to find out more about her life on the new show.
Do you have anything in common with Bella? Continue reading
February 17, 2015
The Post Where I Ask Everyone Weird Quiz Questions
Today’s quiz comes from CycloneVampire7 on the Reading Buzz Board.
- What would you do if NO ONE (not even your family) would talk to you?
- Is your room messy, neat, or in between?
- What types of books do you read?
- Are you bored a lot? (I know I am.)
- Do you like school?
- If you could change your name, what would it be? (No last names!)
- Sparta or Athens???
- LEAST favorite color?
- Lucky number?
- Are you scared of Friday the 13th or the number 13? (I’m not referring to the movie, which I have not seen.)
- Are you a people person, shy, or just socially awkward?
- Is your glass half-full, half-empty, or completely empty because you drank it all?
- Any weird habits?
- You are on a deserted island. You can bring one thing with you, and it can be anything, even something you don’t currently have. What will you bring?
- Have your feet ever taken you places while your mind wandered off?
- Was there a time when you were so scared you couldn’t do anything except curl up in a ball and cry?(No details necessary . . . but just so you know I have to say “yesh” to this!!)
- Are you wondering what the whole point of this is?
- Pickles . . . or SAUERKRAUT??? (I know they taste the same; think of it as a challenge!)
PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE Comment if you enjoyed this, or if you want to add more questions! ~Cyclone
February 12, 2015
I. Am. Not. A. Bully.
Bullying happens much more than it should. No matter where you live, what language you speak, or the color of your skin, bullying is all around you. It is the most important issue to children of the world today, and everyone needs to help put a stop to it.
Ask yourself: What can I do?
- Stop gossiping
- Tell an adult
- Reach out to people
- Stand up to bullies
- Say, “STOP!”
Adults need to help kids through this. Sometimes, kids in my school are too afraid to tell a teacher or another trusted adult about what is going on in their lives. Many times, it takes one interested teacher or adult to identify a problem and step in to try and fix it. For example, by noticing a child alone in the lunchroom at school, a teacher can pick out a student who might be a victim of bullying.
The schools in my town hold assemblies to teach kids about bullying, and bring people in who have been bullied in their life. These assemblies inform the students how to stop a bully, ignore the offender, and talk to parents or teachers about it. In addition, the guidance counselor at my school helps all of the students with their problems. It is a good feeling when you know that someone wants to help you. Talking about your feelings to a teacher makes you feel secure and safe. My guidance counselor helps everyone who is discouraged, and she tries to solve the problems they are facing. Teachers can help further by holding information sessions for parents about bully awareness. Keeping parents updated about what to look for and how to talk to their children is a way to keep the lines of communication open.
Bullying is a serious issue, and no one deserves to be a victim. Tackling the problem requires involvement and help from adults. Some situations are too big for kids to handle on their own, so parents and teachers need to play a role in putting an end to bullying.
What is YOUR best advice to someone who is being bullied?
Grace, Scholastic Kids Council
February 5, 2015
Save the Manatees!
One of the most important issues today is the state of the environment. There are many ways to help fix all the problems humans have caused, and one of them is saving wildlife, more specifically: manatees and other creatures that live in the ocean. Manatees are gentle, calm animals, and I think they are adorable!
There are too many people, however, who don’t pay enough attention to manatees. Some manatees are killed by negligent motorboats, and others are put at risk by pollution in our oceans. Adults can help save manatees by driving boats more responsibly, or enforcing motorboat laws more forcefully. People need to pick up litter and keep the oceans clean. If you can’t take action directly, there are many charities through which you can make donations to save manatees and other sea creatures.
Leave a Comment if you agree that saving the manatees is an important topic, and join the Save the Planet Message Board to spread the word!
Maggie, Scholastic Kids Council
February 4, 2015
Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper (for ages 10 and up)
Eleven-year-old Melody has a photographic memory. Her head is like a video camera that is always recording. Always. And there’s no delete button. She’s the smartest kid in her whole school, but NO ONE knows it. Most people — her teachers and doctors included — don’t think she’s capable of learning, and up until recently, her school days consisted of listening to the same preschool level alphabet lessons again and again and again.
If only she could speak up, if only she could tell people what she thinks and knows . . . but she can’t because Melody can’t talk. She can’t walk. She can’t write. Being stuck inside her head is making Melody go out of her mind . . . until she discovers something that will allow her to speak for the first time ever. At last, Melody has a voice, but not everyone around her is ready to hear it.
GerbilGeneral10 on the Reading Buzz Board
February 2, 2015
2015 Newbery Medal Winner
The Newbery Medal is awarded every year by a committee of librarians to recognize “the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.” Past winners have included The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis, The Giver by Lois Lowry, and Holes by Louis Sachar. Last year’s winner was Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo (who also wrote Because of Winn-Dixie and The Tale of Despereaux).
This year’s winner was just announced today, and the 2015 Newbery Medal goes to . . .
The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
Have you read The Crossover yet? Do YOU think it was the best American children’s book published in 2014? Two Honor books were also chosen this year: El Deafo by Cece Bell, and Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson.
If you were on the committee voting for the 2015 Newbery Medal, which book would YOU have chosen? (Remember, only books published in 2014 by writers in America are eligible.) Let us know in the Comments.
— Sonja, STACKS Staffer