Category Archives: Summer

July 16, 2013

Sun Safety Trivia Quiz

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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

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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?

June 4, 2013

Last Day of School!

Posted by at 1:33 pm in News, Summer, Would You Rather | Permalink

Ssc130End 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 . . .

  1. Go to summer school OR spend an hour every day studying?
  2. Have hot weather OR snowy weather?
  3. Go on a free cruise OR a trip to Paris, London, and New York that costs money?
  4. Got to the beach every day OR be on vacation every day?
  5. Go to a summer school that’s fun OR have boring sleepovers and playdates every day?
  6. 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?
  7. Swim in a pool of Nutella OR ice cream?
  8. Swim with sharks OR race with cheetahs?
  9. Drink lemonade OR fruit punch?

Thanks for the awesome questions! I hope everyone has an epic summer!

image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

May 6, 2013

Summer Reading at Scholastic!

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Ssc130Summer 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 3, 2012

Writing Prompt: Olympics Closing Ceremony

London2012The Closing Ceremony of the Olympic Games will be titled “A Symphony of British Music.” While the details of the August 12th spectacle are still being kept super-secret, the organizers have said that they ”will work with some of the country’s most globally successful musicians, along with some of the industry’s stars of tomorrow.” There are TONS of rumors flying around – One Direction? Jessie J? QUEEN?


Personally, I would be excited to see the John Lennon tribute and Take That’s performance of “Rule the World,” my favorite song of all time (I really hope The Wanted make an appearance, too; I’m a huge fan)! Darcy Bussell, the famous British ballerina, will be dancing with 300 other members of the Royal Ballet in a grand performance while the Olympic torch is put out. I can’t wait for that, either!

So, I want to know. What rumors are you hoping are true? More importantly, what’s YOUR dream lineup? Would you have a laser light show, flying acrobats, holograms, colored mist, fireworks? Share your Closing Ceremony wishlist in the Comments below!

En-Szu, STACKS Intern (a.k.a. MidnightMagic5)

Image courtesy London 2012

August 2, 2012

Paralympics Power!

Posted by at 9:53 am in Olympics, Summer | Permalink


I’m sure by now you all know about the 2012 Olympics taking place in London this week. But do you know about the Paralympic Games? They will take place immediately following the close of the Olympic Games. “Para” is the Greek word meaning “beside,” used to emphasize how the two Games exist side-by-side. Paralympians are athletes with physical disabilities (such as vision impairment, limb deficiency, or intellectual impairment) that would otherwise prevent them from equally competing with other athletes. They compete in the same sport events (swimming, volleyball, rugby, archery, etc.) as other athletes, but in their own league.

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