Category Archives: Summer

July 25, 2012

Olympic Sports Books

Posted by at 9:42 am in Olympics, Reads, Summer | Permalink

Ssc_130The Olympics are almost here! The athletes competing in London are so inspiring they have us all hoping for gold and dreaming of world records. Did you know there is a world record being broken right now that you can be a part of? It’s true! You can still go for the gold . . . with reading!

Readers around the world just blew past the summer reading world record with the Scholastic Summer Challenge. But we don’t want to just beat it, we want to crush it! How many more minutes can we log by the end of the summer? How much can we beat the record by? We can’t wait to see where we end up but we need you to help us get there! How? Exercise your reading muscles with a literary Olympics!

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July 24, 2012

Olympic Games Trivia

Posted by at 1:51 am in Olympics, Summer, Trivia | Permalink

London2012It’s almost time for the Olympics! Ringing in day 2 of our Olympic Games-themed week is this fun trivia quiz on all things interesting, weird, and plain silly about Olympic years past. I like to joke, when people ask me if I play any sports that I do marathons all the time . . . marathons of my favorite TV shows that is! So, in the spirit of good sportsmanship, here’s a little multiple-choice action fun:

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July 23, 2012

Create a Caption: Olympic Games

London2012The Olympic Games are almost upon us!!!!!!!!! Is anyone else as excited as I am? I can barely hold it in!

We thought it would be a great idea to build up our anticipation here at the STACKS by having an Olympics-themed week on Ink Splot 26. The Games begin on Friday, July 27, 2012. We’ve got all sorts of fun stuff planned until then (with a few surprises), so stay tuned!

To kick things off, let’s CREATE A CAPTION! What do you think would be a great caption for the photo of this Olympic Table Tennis player in the heat of a competition?

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July 10, 2012

Summer Fun Would You Rather?

Posted by at 9:33 am in Summer, Would You Rather | Permalink

WouldYouRatherWith all this hot weather we’re having, there’s nothing more fun than spending a day at the beach or the pool! The smell of sunscreen, the cool waves lapping against your feet, and the sounds of laughter all around are what summer is all about. That, and, of course, NO SCHOOL!!! This summer, while you are splashing around and cooling off with your friends at the pool. . .

Would you rather. . . .

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June 12, 2012

Summer Word Scramble Game

Posted by at 4:24 am in Summer, Trivia, Would You Rather | Permalink

Trivia_quiz1Summer Word Scramble Game

It is June, and the school year is done (for most of you in the U.S. anyway). Yay!! Whether you are on summer vacation or still toiling away at school for a few more days,  AmberBlack111 from the STACK Back Message Board created this summer-themed word scramble game for you. Can you unscramble these words? Think summer!

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June 5, 2012

Would You Rather: Summer Vacation

Posted by at 1:15 am in Summer, Would You Rather | Permalink

WouldYouRatherSummer Vacation Would You Rather Game

There's nothing I love more than summer vacation! The beautiful weather is the perfect excuse to spend days at the beach and nights sitting around a campfire. There are so many ways to spend a summer's day, sometimes I don't know what to do with my time. In case you're having trouble with ideas for how to spend your summer, I posted some suggestions below in the form of my favorite game. So here's the question you've all been waiting for.

This summer, would you rather . . . 

  1. Learn to ride a unicycle OR ride a dolphin?
  2. Travel in Ron's flying car OR travel on the Hogwarts Express?
  3. Spend a week camping in the woods OR spend a week at the beach?
  4. Invent a board game OR invent a new sport?
  5. Adopt a pet from an animal shelter OR discover a new species?
  6. Adventure in the Amazon jungle OR travel across the Sahara Desert?
  7. Build a space robot OR construct a rocket ship?
  8. Become a Hollywood actor OR become a star on Broadway?
  9. Become a super hero and save a city OR become an evil villain and conquer the world?
  10. Write an epic novel OR have an epic novel written about you? 

Post your answers in the Comments below and have a happy end to your school year!

image from kids.scholastic.comBrian, STACKS Writer (a.k.a. BlackBird268)

June 27, 2011

Summer Writing Prompt: Tongue Twisters!

Posted by at 3:28 am in Summer, Writing Prompt | Permalink


Howdy Splotters! Are you a fan of tongue twisters like the good old-fashioned “She sells sea shells by the seashore?” Well, I was thinking since summer is here, it would be fun to do some non-traditional tongue twisters – with a summer twist. For example. . .

Justin Bieber bakes brownies by the beach. (Say that fast three times!)

Can you think of any wacky themed tongue twisters? Write yours in the Comments below. Bonus points if you use a celebrity name.

—Ratha, Stacks Writer

June 20, 2011

Writing Prompt: Virtual Yearbook

Posted by at 1:59 am in Summer, Writing Prompt | Permalink

Writingprompt_generic Now that the school year is over, and summer vacation is here, today’s Writing Prompt is a perfect time to reflect on the school year gone by. (Do I sound like a yearbook editor?!) Maybe you made your first best friend, took a special trip, won an award in school, or made it to the championships with a sports team. Or maybe you had your first crush, got a pet, did volunteer work, or won a hot dog eating contest!

Is there any one thing that happened this year that you will remember for the rest of your life? Or maybe something you are super proud of? Something that made you learn a lot, or cry, or feel on top of the world?

Let us know in the Comments below, and we’ll try to collect the most comments we can to create a virtual yearbook. Then you can scroll through, and see what other kids found most memorable from this school year. Let’s see how many we can get!

—Ratha, Stacks Writer