June 29, 2015
Random Acts of Kindness
So far this has happened to my friend TWO times . . . She was in line at the drive-thru Starbucks, and the person in the car in front of her paid for her order! Isn’t that crazy? So by the time she got to the window to pay, it was already paid for!
Sometimes I wonder about these random acts of kindness. If we all did something at least once . . . one time a day . . . could we change the world one small step at a time? Or at least make it a little happier?
I love this quote by the Chinese poet Lao Tzu: “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”
What do you guys think? There are at least a million ways to be kind! Let’s get a list going of acts of kindness that you can do anywhere to brighten someone’s day. Like . . .
- including someone new into your conversation
- giving away a few of your old toys you’ve outgrown to your neighbor’s baby
- holding the door instead of barging ahead
- saying “Hello” to someone in school you’ve never spoken to before
What else can you guys think of? We can’t wait to see your small acts of kindness. We’ll tally the count in the Comments below!
-Ratha, STACKS Writer
June 23, 2015
Hi! Now that school is out, you have time to think about very deep, important topics that your brain just couldn’t focus on while you had so much homework to finish! Well, this quiz is your chance to go deep into your own heart and soul and tell us about the real you. We want to know . . .
- What is your favorite season and why?
- Do you prefer new beginnings or old traditions?
- What is your favorite place and why?
- What is your favorite food?
- In general, do you enjoy school?
- What is one thing that is very important to you?
- Do you think outside the box?
- What is your favorite subject in school?
- What genres of books do you like to read and why?
- Are you an optimist or a pessimist?
- Do you like happy endings, sad endings, or open (hopeful) endings?
- Do you prefer peace or excitement?
- Do you enjoy a lot of suspense in books?
- Name a few of your favorite books.
- Name someone you admire and why.
- What are you excited for in the upcoming year?
- What is something in your life that is bothering you at the moment?
- What is something about other people that is bothering you at the moment?
- Name a couple of books that have affected you in some way.
- When making an important decision, do you mostly consider the past, the present, or your hopes for the future?
Leave your answers in the Comments — to just 1 question or as many questions as you want to answer!
Sonja, STACKS Staffer
June 15, 2015
Giant Lamb Banana Create a Caption
Scholastic Kids Council member Izzy sent this awesome photo for today’s create a caption. The little hippos are confused, but the giant lamb banana isn’t talking. What do you think it’s thinking?
Leave your caption for this photo in the Comments.
Sonja, STACKS Staffer
June 8, 2015
Izzy’s Favorite Thing: A Pen!
I find it extremely hard to write about my favorite thing, because there are so many things in my life that I could choose. However, I have chosen to write about a pen.
Yes, I know that to most people a pen is extremely boring, but, to me, it symbolizes possibility. There are so many things you can do with a pen. You could write a novel or a song. Record information and data, or draw a masterpiece.
For me, a pen is like the beginning of something amazing. Every day, I write a new page with my pen, and I am slowly paving a path for my future. I could get into Stanford for Biology, or Julliard for Music. Maybe I will be a scientist and change the world with my discoveries. Maybe I’ll become a musician and touch people’s hearts with my music. Or perhaps I will be an author and move people through words. . . . or a teacher and help children grow into the people they will become.
There are so many endless possibilities as to what I will do with my life, but I know that with my pen in my hand, I will write a good future for myself. Tell me in the Comments what future YOU will write for yourself!
Izzy, Scholastic Kids Council
June 4, 2015
100 Things to Do Before High School on Nickelodeon Saturday, June 6
Created by Big Time Rush executive producer and creator Scott Fellows, 100 Things to do Before High School will follow three best friends as they navigate the highs and lows of middle school, with the help of a bucket list of adventures that help them overcome class cliques, terrifying bullies, and clueless teachers.
Photo: Robert Voets/ Nickelodeon©2014 Viacom, International, Inc.
With real life and teen drama awaiting her after 8th grade graduation, CJ Parker (played by Isabela Moner) has only a short time left to make the most of her middle school years. Together with her two lifelong best friends Fenwick (played by Jaheem Toombs) and Crispo (played by Owen Joyner), she is determined to get the most out of this time, using an ever-expanding list of challenges as a guide. For this group, growing up means trying everything and taking chances while they still can.
What’s on YOUR list of things to do before high school? Tell us in the Comments.
Sonja, STACKS Staffer
June 4, 2015
Rowan’s Favorite Thing
My favorite thing in the entire world is, believe it or not, a pencil. Pencils allow my visions to become works of art. For instance, my pencil helped me win 2nd place out of all of 6th grade on our Sixth Grade Olympic T-Shirts. Since I got second, I get to make a mini logo for the front of the shirt in the upper right corner.
My pencil helps me think about what I will draw on a blank piece of paper because I can’t think of anything to draw without it. When I’m drawing, I visualize my picture, then pursue it. Only, it looks different than what I imagined. It’s better. I like to think of my pencil as having its own mind that wanders making my picture greater than before I put the pencil to the paper.
I had free time once, and I decided to create a quote about creativity and inspiration. It says, “It is not the artist who creates the masterpiece. It is in fact the utensil that holds the inspiration.” It doesn’t exactly make sense, but I love it anyway. Pencils help get out a message to people through many pieces of art. You just have to find it.
What is YOUR favorite thing? Tell me in the Comments.
Rowan, Scholastic Kids Council
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/li>
- 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
Zayn Malik photo courtesy of Sony Pictures.
May 14, 2015
See how you can get featured in next month’s STACKS Blast!
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 STACKS Blast 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