Category Archives: Summer

June 24, 2014

World Cup Soccer Trivia Quiz Answers

Posted by at 9:34 am in Summer, Trivia | Permalink

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Attention, all you footballers (or soccer fans if you’re American)! Last week we posted a World Cup Trivia Quiz in honor of all the awesome World Cup soccer action we’ve been seeing. A few teams have already been eliminated.

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How did you score? Check out the answers below!

1. Which country is the reigning World Cup champion? ANSWER: Spain. It won the World Cup in 2010. Sadly for them, they have already been eliminated from the 2014 tournament.

2. Which country has won the most World Cups? ANSWER: Brazil with 5 titles. (#2 Italy with 4 titles, #3 Germany with 3 titles. The U.S. has never won one yet!) UPDATE! After its 2014 World Cup win over Argentina, Germany now has 4 titles!

3. In every country in the world except for the United States, what is the sport of “soccer” called? ANSWER: Football . . . which is funny because around the world, they call American football . . . “American football.”

4. Name the Brazilian player who was named World Player of the Century and is considered to be the greatest player of all time. He won 3 World Cups in 1958, 1962, and 1970. ANSWER: Pele. His full name is Edson Arantes do Nascimento. He came from humble beginnings in Brazil, and couldn’t afford a soccer ball as a child, so he used to play with a sock stuffed with newspaper tied with a string. He began playing for the Brazil national team at age 16 (!) and went on to score 1,281 goals in 1,363 games. He’s totally a legend!

5. TRUE or FALSE. If you win the World Cup, you have to give it back at the end of your country’s reign. ANSWER: FALSE.  Well, kind of false.  There is ALL sorts of drama surrounding the history of the World Cup trophy. It was stolen twice, and in 1983 a new one had to be created because the original was believed to have been melted into gold pieces and sold by thieves!  So now Fédération Internationale de Football Association, or FIFA, the world governing body of soccer, keeps the official trophy.  The winners are awarded a gold plated replica to keep.

6. TRUE or FALSE. Most American soccer players stay in the U.S.A. instead of going abroad to play pro soccer. ANSWER: FALSE. While many other U.S. sports attract foreign players (like baseball, basketball, and hockey), there is actually a REVERSE migration of American professional soccer players. Many American players leave the U.S. to play soccer in other countries.  Only 3% of World Cup players from any country play for a U.S. Major League Soccer team. 

7. Lionel Messi is currently considered to be the best soccer player in the world, challenging even the great Pele. What country is he from? ANSWER: Argentina. He currently plays for the professional team FC Barcelona (in Spain) but was born in Argentina and plays for them in the World Cup. Although pro soccer players can play for any country, they usually play for the country where they were born, or where they hold citizenship, for the World Cup.

8. Where will the next World Cup be held in 2018? ANSWER: Russia. This will be the first time ever in Russia!

Are you a soccer fan? Or do you just love the 5 Seconds of Summer song “Hearts Upon Our Sleeve?” And more importantly, which team do you support in the World Cup? Yes, 5SOS totally counts. Let us know in the Comments below!

Ratha, STACKS Writer

June 17, 2014

World Cup Soccer Trivia Quiz

Posted by at 1:22 am in News, Summer, Trivia | Permalink

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What’s the most popular sport in the world? Coming in as the most-watched, most-played in over 200 countries by over 3 billion people . . . soccer! In the streets, in backyards, schools and stadiums, all you need is a ball to get this game going.

As you may know, the World Cup is taking place now through July 13. Out of 209 countries with national teams, the top 32 teams qualified to compete for the title of World Cup champion. All month long, these 32 teams will play matches against each other until there is only 1 victorious team left. Who will it be in 2014?FIFA World Cup 2014 groups

The first World Cup was in 1930, and is held every 4 years. Like the Olympics, it alternates host countries and this year it is in Brazil. How much do you know about soccer and the World Cup? Compete in our Tuesday Trivia Quiz below:

  1. Which country is the reigning World Cup champion from 2010?
  2. Which country has won the most World Cups?
  3. In every country in the world except for the United States, what is the sport of “soccer” called?
  4. Name the Brazilian player who was named World Player of the Century and is considered to be the greatest player of all time. He won 3 World Cups in 1958, 1962, and 1970.
  5. TRUE or FALSE. If you win the World Cup, you have to give it back at the end of your country’s reign.
  6. TRUE or FALSE. Most American soccer players stay in the U.S.A. instead of going abroad to play pro soccer.
  7. Lionel Messi is currently considered to be the best soccer player in the world, challenging even the great Pele. What country is he from?
  8. Where will the next World Cup be held in 2018?

So kick off this quiz, and write down your best answers in the Comments below. Click here to check the score  . . . or to see how many you got right, that is!

Ratha, STACKS Writer

June 3, 2014

End-of-the-Year Quiz

Posted by at 1:49 am in Summer, Writing Prompt | Permalink

Writing PromptRate Your School Year!

I got this idea from Moderator Katie on the STACKS Buzz Board. Since it is the end of the school year for many of you, take some time now to think over the past year and answer these questions.

  1. Overall, from 1 (low) to 10 (high), how was your school year?
  2. What was the BEST thing that happened to you in this school year?
  3. What was the WORST thing that happened to you in this school year?
  4. What lessons did you learn from both or either #2 or #3?
  5. What is your proudest accomplishment in this school year?
  6. What would you have done differently in this school year?
  7. Any summer resolutions? What are they?
  8. What do you want to work on MOST in the next school year?
  9. What is one experience you had in this school year that you never would have BELIEVED could happen to you?
  10. Any other hopes, dreams, comments now that this school year is just about done?

Leave your answers in the Comments. Then go read Katie’s original quiz and say, “Hi!” on the Buzz Board!

May 27, 2014

Summer Name Generator

Posted by at 1:03 am in Personality Quiz, Summer | Permalink

Question marksIt’s sweet, sweet summertime! What is your summer name?

You know me. I’ll take any excuse to create a name generator. (Maybe I’ve read too many Captain Underpants books!) So I’ve put together a SUMMER NAME GENERATOR!

Find the first letter of your first name in the left column below, and the word next to it is your new summer first name. Find the first letter of your last name in the right column below, and the word next to it is your new summer last name. So if your regular name was, say, Francine Pascal, your new summer name is Pineapple Bucket.

Generate your own summer name, names for your friends, names for your parents and pets . . . Anyone can have a silly summertime name. Here we go! Continue reading

May 22, 2014

STACKS Field Day Games and Activities

Posted by at 1:54 am in Games, Summer | Permalink

Game on!It’s Field Day, STACKS Style!

Does your school have a Field Day? It’s usually a day near the end of the school year where you wear a certain color t-shirt, and play against other “teams” at your school. They have fun games like tug-of-war, kickball, water balloon toss, etc. Well, we have fun games on the STACKS too, so we thought we could have a STACKS Field Day with our games! Just complete the following events to earn bragging rights.

Here’s the lineup:

Make a poster in our Poster Maker Game. You can make it beautiful . . . or ridiculous!!

Build your own robot at the Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot site!

Play Beat the Bell. Collect superhero “powers” and avoid junk food. It’s totally addictive!

Help that famous chicken cross the road in (what else!) the Chicken Road Game. It will make you gobble with delight.

Feed the monsters what they want in Goosebumps Monster Feast … or they might end up eating YOU for dinner!

Compete in 1 or all of these events, and let us know your high score in the Comments. Hope you’re having an awesome last month of school! Go team!

—Ratha, Stacks Writer

May 13, 2014

Summer Camp Personality Quiz

Posted by at 1:06 am in Personality Quiz, Summer | Permalink

GopherChess4 STACKS AvatarWhat’s Your Dream Camp?

If you could create the perfect summer camp for yourself, what would it include? Would it be hiking and fishing all day? Would it be playing sports, or learning photography, or learning to be a fashion designer?

GopherChess4 has done some thinking about this on the Message Boards and came up with this Summer Camp Personality Quiz for you. Answer the questions below and find out where you belong this summer! Continue reading

August 4, 2013

Shark Week Create a Caption

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Are you excited it’s Shark Week? I am literally terrified of sharks so even looking at this picture makes me feel a little shaky. . . which is kind of unfair because he might be a really nice sort of shark. He might actually be saying. . . .

4201-47866“Marco? Marco? Why doesn’t anyone want to play Marco Polo with me?’”

. . . ooorrr maybe not.

What do YOU think this shark is saying? Leave your captions in the Comments. And I will try to not have nightmares about playing Marco Polo with a shark.
image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer
Photo credit: Minden Pictures/SuperStock

July 23, 2013

Sun Safety Trivia Answers

Posted by at 1:06 am in Summer, Trivia | Permalink

SunSun Safety Trivia Answers

Happy Summer! Last week we posted a Sun Safety Trivia Quiz. We know you are busy with lots of pool time, camp fun, and sprinkler running, but now the answers have arrived. How are your summer sun smarts? Check out answers below.

  1. How often should you reapply sunscreen?
    ANSWER: B. Every 2 hours. The American Cancer Society also recommends people stay under the shade in the middle of the day, and cover up with hats and sunglasses. (Ooh la la! Great summer fashion!) Even if you’re applying sunscreen every 2 hours, don’t broil in the sun. Be sure to take lots of breaks!
  2. What does SPF stand for?
    ANSWER: Sun Protection Factor!
  3. True or False? A sunscreen labeled SPF 30 blocks twice as much as one labeled SPF 15.
    ANSWER: False. The number actually means how long it will protect your skin from burning. You multiply the number by 15 (because your skin will start to burn in 15 minutes). SPF 15 x 15 minutes = 225 minutes protected. SPF 30 x 15 minutes = 450 minutes protected. Of course, this is only if you’re not swimming, or it doesn’t get rubbed off. So still reapply sunscreen every 2 hours!
  4. What’s stronger, waterproof sunscreen or water-resistant sunscreen?
    ANSWER: Waterproof sunscreen is stronger. It protects your skin for about 80 minutes when you are swimming or sweating. Water-resistant only protects for about 40 minutes.
  5. Oh no! You fell asleep at the pool and got bad tan lines. You should:
    ANSWER: C. Wait until your skin is healed before going out in the sun again.
  6. If you do get bad sunburn, which of the following can help?
    ANSWER: A. Aloe vera gel and moisturizers can help. Also, a cool compress. Stay away from a hot bath! Drink plenty of water, because sunburn can dehydrate you. Some people also say a cool cloth dampened with skim milk! The coolness takes out the initial fire, and the milk creates a protein film to ease the pain. But stay away from cats if you do this!
  7. The best type of sunscreen is:
    ANSWER: B. one with SPF 15 or higher. Also make sure the label says it blocks UVA and UVB rays.
  8. In which area of the world is being tan looked down upon?
    ANSWER: B. Asia. Traditionally Asians did not think being tan was beautiful because it was associated with poor peasants working in the fields (and being tanned from the sun). Being lighter was a sign of being rich. Even today, many trends in Asia are for skin lightening, and women stay out of the sun.
  9. Some of the good things about getting sun are:
    ANSWER: D. all of the above! There are many benefits to getting sun like Vitamin D, better sleep at night, and a happier mood, but you just have to be extra careful in the summer.

What are you guys spending most of your time doing this summer? Let us know in the Comments below!

—Ratha, STACKS Writer

July 16, 2013

Sun Safety Trivia Quiz

Posted by at 1:08 am in Summer, Trivia | Permalink

SunSun Safety Trivia Quiz

Now that the dog days of summer are here to stay, we bet you’re having fun in the sun, lounging by the pool, going to the beach, running through the sprinkler, playing summer sports, and just plain soakin’ up the sun.

But to make sure you’re protecting your skin, and staying safe in the sun, slather on some Tuesday Trivia. Sunny side up! TEST YOUR SUN SMARTS!

  1. How often should you reapply sunscreen? A) Every 30 minutes. B) Every 2 hours. C) Every 5 hours. D) Once at the beginning of the day.
  2. What does SPF stand for?
  3. True or False? A sunscreen labeled SPF 30 blocks twice as many rays as one labeled SPF 15.
  4. What’s stronger: waterproof sunscreen or water-resistant sunscreen?
  5. Oh no! You fell asleep at the pool and got bad tan lines. You should: A) Apply SPF 100 to the tanned area, and expose the unburned areas to the sun to even it out. B) Hide under a rock. How embarrassing! C) Wait until your skin is healed before going out in the sun again.
  6. If you do get a bad sunburn, which of the following can help? A) Aloe vera gel and moisturizers. B) Slathering on peanut butter. Yum. C) Peeling off the skin with your nails. Scrrratch! D. Rubbing a banana peel against your skin.
  7. The best type of sunscreen is: A. Something that smells like yummy coconuts! Mmmmm. B. SPF 15 or higher that blocks UVA and UVB rays. C. Tanning lotion. D. Something with cute pictures on it.
  8. In which area of the world is being tan looked down upon? A) Florida. B) Asia. C) Canada. D) Tazmania.
  9. Some of the good things about getting sun are? A) It boosts your mood & makes you feel happier. B) It helps you sleep better at night. C) It gives your body Vitamin D. D) All of the above.

So get comfy in your beach chair and let us know your answers in the Comments below. Check here for answers!

—Ratha, STACKS Writer

July 3, 2013

Geronimo Stilton Summer Vacation

Posted by at 1:41 am in Reads, Summer | Permalink

FC_BC_9780545481946.inddWhy I love summer vacation! By Geronimo Stilton

Ahh, summer vacation. Who doesn’t love it?! I love my job, but sometimes I just need to get away from the busy atmosphere at The Rodents Gazette. In fact, just last week I had a fabumouse time away from work!

I had planned on having a relaxing week in New Mouse City sleeping in, reading in my cozy mouse hole, and picnicking in the park with my dear nephew Benjamin. Little did I know that I would be whisked away by my friends on a crazy camping adventure!

Holey cheese! I ended up on a camping trip with my athletic friend Wild Willy, my cousin Trap, my sister Thea, and Benjamin. I’m no sportsmouse, and I was totally unprepared for the woods!

During our time outside we ended up:

  • hiking up giant mountains! (Well, actually, maybe they were just very little hills.)
  • swimming in an enormouse, shark-infested lake! (Well, actually, maybe it was more like a pond with only little fish . . . but those fish did not like me!)
  • sleeping soundly under the stars! (Well, actually, I could barely sleep . . . all of the nighttime insect and animal noises scared me too much!)

It was exhausting. But in the end, it was a mouse-tastic week, because I was spending time in favorite way: with family and friends!

You can read more about my vacation in Geronimo Stilton Book #54: Get into Gear, Stilton! How do you like to spend your summer vacation?