May 27, 2014
It’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
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
What’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
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. . . .
“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.
— Sonja, STACKS Staffer
Photo credit: Minden Pictures/SuperStock
July 23, 2013
Sun 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.
- 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!
- What does SPF stand for?
ANSWER: Sun Protection Factor!
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
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!
- 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.
- What does SPF stand for?
- True or False? A sunscreen labeled SPF 30 blocks twice as many rays as one labeled SPF 15.
- What’s stronger: waterproof sunscreen or water-resistant sunscreen?
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- In which area of the world is being tan looked down upon? A) Florida. B) Asia. C) Canada. D) Tazmania.
- 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
Why 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?
June 4, 2013
End of School Activities
Summer officially starts on June 21, but we all know the real start of summer is the last day of school. Whether you are off already or still counting down the days, try these activities to get your summer started right.
Finally, here are some more Would You Rather questions submitted by STACKers on the STACK Back Message Board. If you have ideas for blog posts, go to the Message Board and submit yours too!
From WitchPixie2 and AmberBlack111: Would you rather . . .
- Go to summer school OR spend an hour every day studying?
- Have hot weather OR snowy weather?
- Go on a free cruise OR a trip to Paris, London, and New York that costs money?
- Got to the beach every day OR be on vacation every day?
- Go to a summer school that’s fun OR have boring sleepovers and playdates every day?
- Have a longer summer vacation but fewer days off during the school year OR have a short summer vacation but have more days off during the school year?
- Swim in a pool of Nutella OR ice cream?
- Swim with sharks OR race with cheetahs?
- Drink lemonade OR fruit punch?
Thanks for the awesome questions! I hope everyone has an epic summer!
— Sonja, STACKS Staffer
May 6, 2013
Summer Reading at Scholastic!
The Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge is on! Starting today, you can compete in the ULTIMATE summer reading challenge to set a new reading world record! Log your reading minutes every day, earn virtual badges, and participate in weekly challenges to win extra prizes. What could be more fun?
As you log your minutes, you’ll also read around the world as you move up the Reading Meter! The more you read, the farther you travel— from the Coliseum to the Taj Mahal to Mount Everest! With each landmark, you can watch fun videos from Scholastic News Kid Reporters, who share interesting facts about each place.
Plus, check out your summer reading profile page to track your personal reading stats and your school’s status, watch book trailer videos, and enter sweepstakes for a chance to win awesome prizes throughout the summer.
Be sure to log your minutes for your school.
Go now to log on to the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge!
August 14, 2012
Shark Week Trivia Quiz Answers
Last week, I posted a Shark Trivia Quiz in honor of Discovery Channel’s Shark Week. The summer of 2012 was the 25th Anniversary of Shark Week, although sharks have been around for over 400 million years! Did you sink or swim with your answers? Check out the real shark facts below.