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 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
January 15, 2015
Kids Collect Jeans for Teens!
Over 1.5 million teens and children are homeless. One of the items they need most is a pair of jeans. YOU can make a difference by helping to clothe homeless youth.
Teens for Jeans is a campaign to help get YOU involved!
- WHAT: Jeans. Check your closet for jeans that don’t fit you anymore. Run a drive at your school, place of worship, or local community center to collect as many pairs of jeans as you can!
- WHERE: Drop off all pairs at your local Aéropostale or P.S. from Aéropostale clothing store.
- WHEN: January 12th through February 16th, 2015
Make a difference! This winter YOU can help collect jeans for kids and teens who really need them!
—Amanda, STACKS Intern
December 22, 2014
What Are Your New Year’s Resolutions?
The beginning of a new year is a great time to start brand new, to think of some goals and resolutions for how to be a better person. No one is perfect, and this is a great time to think about ways that you can improve in the coming year.
Here are some ideas for New Year’s resolutions:
- Set a better schedule for myself.
- Spend more time with my family.
- Be a better friend and a better listener.
- Change my closet and develop a better style.
- Get good grades.
- Travel to a new country.
- Do more arts and crafts activities and more D.I.Y. fashion activities.
- Go to the gym more often, and live a healthier lifestyle. (No more soda or candy!)
- Read interesting books. (Take a look at our Reading Resolutions for ideas.)
- Learn how to cook.
Your New Year’s resolutions and goals can be about anything, from saving more money so you can buy a really cool toy that you like, to making more friends, or to spending more time with your sibling. Start jotting down some goals. After you finish, keep the paper somewhere that you can see it constantly, like on your refrigerator or on a wall in your room. Give yourself credit for all your success, and check off the things on your list that you have completed as the time passes.
Leave a Comment with your New Year’s resolutions. Happy New Year!
December 18, 2014
December 17, 2014
Printable Book Plates
Are you looking for a last-minute gift to give to your friends who love reading? Print out a bunch of these bookplates on pretty paper. Then trim them to size, tie them up with a ribbon, and you’re done! Your friends can stick them in all their favorite books. You can print some for yourself, too!
You can find more bookplates to print out here.
Sonja, STACKS Staffer
December 5, 2014
The LEGO Movie (rated PG)
I recommend The LEGO Movie for all ages. It’s a very inspiring story about an average guy named Emmet who thinks life is great. He thinks he’s special, but soon realizes that no one else thinks he is because he’s too average and no one notices him.
By accident, Emmet finds the Piece of Resistance, a tool that can stop the most powerful weapon of all, the Kragle. He goes on a wild adventure and meets all these people that help him try to stop Lord Business. Batruvius, a wise man, is helping Emmet become the ultimate master builder. Emmet keeps saying that he can’t, but Batruvius says otherwise.
Image courtesy Warner Bros.
In the end, Emmet starts to believe in himself and becomes the ultimate master builder. Now that he believes, he is a hero to all the people who never noticed him before. This movie can inspire you to believe in yourself so you can accomplish anything you put your mind to. I recommend this movie to people who need confidence and love funny movies.
What do you think of The LEGO Movie? Leave a Comment!
Rowan, Scholastic Kids Council
December 4, 2014
The Best Kids Movies According to Rowan
All of these movies are rated G or PG and are recommended by Rowan from the Scholastic Kids Council. Check out the list and see if your favorites are on it.
Leave a Comment and tell what YOU think the best movies for kids are!
December 2, 2014
WHAT IS GIVING TUESDAY?
Now that Thanksgiving is over, the holiday season is officially underway. I know you’re thinking about all the things you want to get for Christmas or Hanukkah. But today is known as Giving Tuesday and it’s a good day to think about what you want to GIVE for the holidays.
We have a day for giving thanks (a.k.a. Thanksgiving). We have two for getting deals (a.k.a. Black Friday and Cyber Monday). We even have Small Business Saturday for shopping at local small businesses. Now, we also have Giving Tuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. According to the GivingTuesday website, on Tuesday, December 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.
Think about what you want to give to your family, to your friends, and then think about people in the world who have much less than you do. Can you help raise money for them? Can you donate a used coat to keep someone warm? Can you knit for AIDS orphans in South Africa, or donate pajamas to children living in shelters? Can you donate books to kids who don’t have any?
What will you GIVE this holiday season? Tell us in the Comments.