I know some kids get really sad when summer vacation is over and it’s time to go back to school, but I was never one of them. I LOVED back-to-school time! Who’s with me? Yay, school!!!! Woo hoo!! No? Um. . . . anyway. . . Whether you are happy or sad, here are some activities to help you celebrate (or mourn) the first day of school.
A Flash Mob in New York City Celebrates a New Harry Potter Story by Adedayo Perkovich
In New York City, Harry Potter fans stopped traffic! More than 300 people streamed out of Scholastic’s headquarters onto Broadway, the street in front of the building. Scholastic employees and their children were part of a flash mob celebrating the July 31 publication of a new Harry Potter story, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two.
Scholastic is the United States publisher of the best-selling Harry Potter series by British author J.K. Rowling. The books chronicle the adventures of a wizard named Harry Potter and his classmates at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
The eighth Harry Potter story is a script book based on a play that’s opening in London, England, on July 30. The play is by Jack Thorne and is based on an original story by Rowling, Thorne, and John Tiffany.
SHARING THE MAGIC
I had no idea what to expect as I entered Scholastic in the morning. Scholastic editors and artists whispered excitedly as they flooded down the escalator. The only word I caught was “Muggle.” In the auditorium, we were each given a copy of one of the original books in the series and a paddle announcing the publication of The Cursed Child.
Billy DiMichele, vice president of creative development at Scholastic, said that we were about to become a “Muggle Mob.” We would celebrate the upcoming release of The Cursed Child by doing a giant read-aloud in the middle of Broadway.
“This means that [we] can continue to share the magic with new generations of children,” DiMichele said.
Excitement continued to build as we rehearsed our movements and practiced reading aloud. Abram Chen, 10, said that he was thrilled “that there is going to be a new book to read.” Abram considers himself to be a Hufflepuff, his favorite house at Hogwarts.
As for editorial assistant Patrice Caldwell, she is “absolutely Slytherin,” she said. “It’s kind of cool to be here and imagine what it felt like when the first seven books came out,” Caldwell added. “This is a way to delve back into that world.”
After a few run-throughs, we calmly strolled outside with our paddles hidden inside our books, pretending to be tourists and typical passersby. Suddenly, music started playing and we rushed into our places in the middle of Broadway. (The street had been blocked off by the police for the event.) Then we read aloud from the Harry Potter books.
Our voices rose along with the music. Right on cue, we faced the Scholastic building and looked up. A giant, billowy banner began to drop, revealing the cover of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
We held up our paddles and cheered. Then we went into the crowd of observers and gave away copies of the original books to happy readers.
Lesley Little saw everything from the sidewalk. “This is fantastic,” she said. “I can’t wait to see the new play. I’m going to get to see it in London in September.” Suzanne Lewis, a Gryffindor, added, “This was a lot of fun. I could tell, even from blocks away, that something wonderful was happening.”
Earth Day is April 22. Here are some Earth Day trivia quizzes and activities you can do to celebrate our dear planet Earth, and help inspire your fellow humans to treat our planet with more loving care!
What is an orthodontist? An orthodontist is just a kind of dentist who specializes in making teeth straight, and ensuring your jaw is properly aligned. It’s where people who have braces or retainers go. But if you haven’t been to one, you might wonder what else goes on at the orthodontist. Here’s what to expect when you visit one.
He or She Will Ask You Easy Questions
Your first appointment will most likely involve a bunch of questions about your teeth and your jaw. They’ll be pretty easy to answer. Some examples might be, “Does your jaw make a popping noise when you open and shut your mouth?” Or, “Do you snore at night?” These questions will help your orthodontist determine what kind of treatment you will need to make sure your teeth and jaw are working properly.
X-Rays and Molds Will Be Taken
A technician at your orthodontist’s office will probably take some x-rays and make a mold of your mouth. To make the mold, your technician will ask you to bite down on a dental tray filled with a gooey substance. The process might be slightly uncomfortable, but shouldn’t hurt at all. Both x-rays and molds will help determine what kind of care you need: braces, retainer, or maybe nothing.
A Plan Will Be Devised
The x-rays and molds should give a clear picture of what’s happening inside your mouth. Then, the orthodontist can formulate a plan to change anything that will cause you a problem now or in the future. There are more reasons to fix your teeth other than just having a pretty smile. Did you know that overlapping teeth could cause future tooth decay and cause more cavities in the long run? Yep. Braces might not seem that awesome right now, but they could save you some problems in the future!
So go bravely to your first orthodontist appointment and get it over with!
Chances are you’ve had a zit . . . or a few. But don’t worry; you’re not alone. Acne is very common. And if you’re looking for a way to keep your skin clear, start by following these simple steps:
Wash Your Face!
Acne is caused when overactive glands in your pores produce too much oil. This oil, mixed with bacteria and dead skin cells (gross) gets under your skin and causes pimples. That’s why you need to wash your face every morning and night, to clear away the oil BEFORE it can cause acne.
Keep Your Pillows Clean!
The pores on your face secrete oil. Then, you put your face on your pillow to sleep. Well guess what pillows are? Huge oil sponges. Be sure to wash your pillowcases often to make sure you’re not sleeping on an acne factory!
Stop Touching Your Face!
Like it or not, your fingers have all sorts of bacteria and grime on them (even if they look clean)! And when you rest your hand on your cheek or forehead, the bacteria leaps off of your fingers and onto your face! From there it mixes with the oil in your pores and BOOM: Pimple City!
Don’t Pop Them!
Yeah, pimples are easy (and kind of fun) to pop, but don’t do it! Popping pimples can push the oil, dead skin, and bacteria (again, gross) back into your pores and cause an infection, making your situation even worse.
Do you have any pimple horror stories? Tell us in the Comments!
You may think of inventors as geniuses with years of experience, but some of the coolest inventions actually came from kids!
In 1858, 15-year-old Chester Greenwood invented earmuffs. He hated hats and hated cold ears even more. So he tied fur patches to a headband and invented the first earmuffs.
Robert Patch was only 6 years old when he turned the model truck into a children’s toy. The boy created a toy truck with parts that could be taken apart and rebuilt into different vehicles. Patch’s truck was patented way back in 1963, but is still selling in toy stores today.
Frank Epperson accidentally stumbled across the Popsicle when he was 11. One frigid night, he left his drink outside with a stirring stick inside. The next morning, he found a frozen drink, and the world’s first Popsicle was born.
Krysta Morlan was in 10th grade when she invented the cast cooler, a device that pumps air into a cast and relieves irritation. But Krysta wasn’t done yet. She also invented the Waterbike, a bike-like vehicle you put in the water and power by pedaling.
Ryan Patterson was working at Burger King when he saw a translator ordering for a deaf friend. That sparked Ryan’s imagination and he soon invented a glove with sensors that translate sign language into written word.
Louis Braille was only 15 when he invented his own language for the blind. Braille, named after its inventor, uses a series of dots that people can trace their hands over and read.
Kids have created some of the coolest gadgets and also helped a lot of people. What invention would you like to create?
“blackberry watermelon popsicle” Flickr photo by stu_spivack
I know you’re sick of hearing it, but yes, too much sugar is bad for you. Why, you ask? Good question. Well…
It Can Cause Tooth Decay. You take really good care of your teeth, right? You brush; you floss, and your smile is flawless. But if you’re drinking sugary sodas, you could be destroying all that hard work. Sugary drinks contain an acid that weakens enamel (the hard coating that protects your teeth), leaving your choppers vulnerable to cavities.
You Could Gain Weight.
You already know that eating too many calories and not exercising enough can cause your body to produce fat. But did you know that sugar alone can cause weight gain? It can. Sugar is high in calories and not very filling, which means it’s easy to overeat sugary foods. Limit your sugar, and you could avoid those extra pounds.
It Is Hiding Where You Least Expect It. Many products at the store have corn syrup (a form of sugar) added to them to make them taste better. Peanut butter, ketchup, even canned soups! So even if you think you’re eating healthy, check the label! You may be getting more sugar than you think.
You Could Crash and Burn! Have you ever eaten a bucketful of Halloween candy? First, you had a burst of energy, but pretty soon you crashed hard and felt sick and sluggish. That’s because sugar is a carbohydrate (the stuff that gives your body energy). When carbohydrates are eaten in moderation, your body knows how to handle them. But if you eat too much, your body freaks out and crashes and you feel terrible.
Cut down on sugar and keep your body healthy. You’re stuck with it for the rest of your life!