May 25, 2015
What’s Your Summer Name?
Do y’all remember the fantabulous Winter Name Generator? Well, it’s definitely not winter anymore, so it’s time for new names. I’m thinking that it’s time for . . . SUMMER NAMES!!! Introducing the wonderfully weird and wonky Summer Name Generator! (This is version 2.0. If you want two special summer names, you should try out last summer’s, too!).
Here’s how the Summer Name Generator works. Find the first initial of your first name in the list below. That word is your summer first name. Then look at the list of the months below and find the month of your birthday. That word is your summer last name. For example, my name begins with an E and my birthday is in March, so my new summer name would be Pool Noodle Surfer. I’m into it!
- A – Sunny
- B – Sunshine
- C – Water Slide
- D – Sandy
- E – Pool Noodle
- F – Flip Flop
- G – Beachy
- H – Jumprope
- I – Leafy
- J – Bicycle
- K – Thunder
- L – Sunglasses
- M – Grass
- N – Popsicle
- O – Roller Coaster
- P – Vacation
- Q – Lake
- R – Canoe
- S – Festival
- T – SPF
- U – Forest
- V – Starry
- W – Zipline
- X – Hiking
- Y – Nature
- Z – Explorer
- January – Shorts
- February – Backpack
- March – Surfer
- April – Frisbee
- May – Speedboat
- June – Water Bottle
- July – Lightning
- August – Firecracker
- September – Hummingbird
- October – Sprinkler
- November – Hopscotch
- December – Picnic
It’s heating up fast outside and soon it’ll be vacation time. Get ready by grabbing your sweetest swimwear, favorite flip flops, coolest sidewalk chalk, and brand-new SUMMER NAME! What’s your new, wacky summer name? Share it in the Comments below!
See ya around,
En-Szu, a.k.a. Pool Noodle Surfer
May 18, 2015
One Direction without Zayn is like . . .
. . . a sock without its match.
. . . a day without a friend.
. . . a rainstorm without a rainbow.
Ok. You’ve come to grips with the news, sort of. Zayn Malik has left One Direction.
Some of you are devastated he left the band. Some of you understand that he wants to live like a normal 22-year-old. Some of you are skeptical and feel betrayed after his first solo song was leaked just a week after leaving the band. And . . . Some of you don’t really care.
Well, whatever side you’re on, we’re about to hit you with a Writing Prompt that you’ll want to answer! Pour out your feelings . . . or non-feelings . . . and complete this sentence in your own unique way.
One Direction without Zayn is like . . .
We can’t wait to see YOUR Direction in the Comments below!
-Ratha, STACKS Writer
May 14, 2015
See how you can get featured in next month’s STACKS Blast newsletter!
We think you are awesome and we want to know more about you! Every month, I will post questions in a STACKS Stars blog post. All you have to do to participate is answer the questions and we will pick one random user to be featured in next month’s newsletter. Don’t see yourself in the next newsletter? No worries! You can enter yourself again as many times as you like! Everyone is a winner so there’s always a good chance that you could be next.
To participate, you must have a STACKS profile and screen name. If you don’t have one, it is easy and free to set one up. Click here to set up a profile. Be sure to create an awesome avatar that really shows who you are because that picture will be used in the feature if you are selected! Remember to have fun with your avatar and get creative.
This month’s questions are about the Summer Reading Challenge! Do you think you are ready to participate? If so, here they are.
- What is your STACKS screen name?
- Which book are you planning to read next?
- Why are you choosing this book?
- If you could read this book anywhere in the world for a day, where would it be and why?
- Have you read any books on the Summer Reading Challenge list? If so, which was your favorite and why? If not, which books are you interested in reading next?
To help give you some ideas, here are my answers:
- CleverPiglet15 (I think pigs are really cute!)
- I’m planning to read The Madman of Piney Woods, by Christopher Paul Curtis.
- I chose this book because I like realistic adventures and friendships.
- If I could read this book anywhere for an entire day, it would be under a shady tree by a nice creek with picnic blankets and snacks.
- I’ve read some of the other books on the list and they have been all good, but my favorite is probably the Amulet series because it’s a graphic novel that is both fun and magical.
OK, now your turn! Ready? Set? Go!
Sandy, STACKS Staffer
April 27, 2015
Writing Prompt: Famous Person Switcheroo
In Freaky Friday, the mother and daughter switch places for a day, and the mother has to go to school and be the kid, and the kid has to handle all the mom duties by herself. Well, imagine what it would be like to switch places for a day with a famous person! Would you want to feel what it was like to be Tom Brady passing a game-winning touchdown? Or Ariana Grande performing in front of a sold-out crowd? Or the President of the United States making important decisions in the Oval Office?
For today’s Writing Prompt, we want to know . . .
If you could trade lives with a famous person for one day, who would it be?
If you would rather switch with a book character, that is ok too. Hermione Granger may be a made-up person, but she is still totally famous! Leave your answers in the Comments below.
- Ratha, STACKS Writer
April 20, 2015
Take This Quiz of Random Awesomeness!
Here is a quick 5-question quiz from the STACKS Buzz Board.
Copy and reply with your answers in the Comments.
- Current favorite TV show??
- Current favorite singer/band??
- What are you going to be doing in 47 minutes from now??
- What is the temperature outside RIGHT NOW??
- You found $500. What are you going to do with it?
April 7, 2015
Writing Prompt: What is your favorite lunch and how healthy is it?
You’ve made it through half of the school day and your stomach is growling. You can’t wait to eat your FAVORITE lunch in the world and it’s ___________________.
We wanna know! What is your favorite lunch . . . and how healthy is it?
Mine would probably be a combo. I would have a chicken parmesan sandwich, broccoli and hummus, and chocolate dipped pretzels. Or chocolate dipped anything for that matter! Dark chocolate is healthy, right?
Your turn. What’s YOUR favorite lunch and how healthy is it? Let us know in the Comments below. Bon appétit!
- Ratha, STACKS Writer
March 23, 2015
Spring Poetry Generator
Spring is here… or so I’m told! It’s hard to imagine wearing t-shirts and sandals, when only last week, I was digging out the 5 feet of snow surrounding my driveway. But I’m optimistic, so I like to think it will be here sooner rather than later!
To get into the spirit, your job for today’s Writing Prompt is to take the 25 words below, and generate your own spring-themed poem. (The Martin Luther King, Jr. Day “I Have a Dream” poems you guys wrote were A-mazing.)
You can add articles (little words like “a” and “the”), verbs, or anything that will help it flow, but try to include as many of these 25 words as you can in your poem. Any style of poem works – rhyming, non-rhyming, couplet, haiku, free-form, or even random. It’s up to you!
Leave your poem in the Comments. We can’t wait to be infected . . . with Spring Fever!!
-Ratha, STACKS Writer
March 17, 2015
Choose Your Own Adventure: A St. Patrick’s Day Story Part 3
We posted Part 1 and Part 2 of this epic St. Patrick’s Day story. Get ready for the conclusion!
You follow Niamh through a wooded glen. You are greeted at every step by all sorts of bizarre and unusual creatures and people. Fairies! Warriors in fur pelts! Talking animals! This is getting way crazy. Enbarr trots behind you, neighing and occasionally butting you with his nose.
“Tír na nÓg is what you mortals call the Otherworld,” says Niamh.
“Otherworld?” you ask. “What’s that?”
Niamh looks very disappointed, and sighs loudly. “What are they teaching you on Earth nowadays? The Otherworld. It’s where the immortals and spirits live.” Continue reading
March 16, 2015
Create a Caption for this St. Patrick’s Pug!
Funny Pug St. Patrick’s Day Flickr photo by DaPuglet
This festive, Irish dog is ready to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in style!
Write what you think he is saying in the Comments. I think he’s saying, “My leprechaun name is Lucky O’Looney! What’s yours?”
Sonja, STACKS Staffer
March 10, 2015
Choose Your Own Adventure: A St. Patrick’s Story Part 2
Last week, I gave you Part 1 of this 3-part story. Get ready for Part 2 . . .
You’re too curious, so you approach the horse. It takes a few steps towards you, and then circles around and starts to trot out over the water! This glowing horse is walking on water. You’re way fascinated now, so you walk out after it, but you definitely don’t have the ability to walk on the lake. Pretty soon, you’re up to your knees in water. And it’s pretty cold.
“Wait!” you shout.
The horse stops and turns back to look at you. It comes back, hooves dancing delicately above the surface of the lake. When it reaches you, it kneels and nudges you with its nose. As if by instinct, you climb onto the horse’s back. It rises again and begins to walk out onto the lake. Continue reading