April 10, 2015

Henry Danger

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HENRY DANGER Henry Danger follows the adventures of Henry Hart (played by Jace Norman from The Thundermans) who gets selected by superhero Captain Man to be his apprentice. After promising to keep his new identity a secret, Henry must navigate a double life balancing the challenges of eighth grade with the crazy adventures of a crime-fighting superhero sidekick.

Jace Norman, Cooper Barnes

Photo: Lisa Rose/Nickelodeon. ©2014 Viacom International, Inc.

What do you think of Henry Danger?  Are you a fan? Tell us in the Comments!

April 9, 2015

Stop the Trash Vortex

Posted by at 1:36 am in Kid Power | Permalink

Make a difference!Act Now to Stop Trash Pollution!

Do you ever think about what happens to trash you see on the ground, or at the beach, or if you throw it out the window?  What really happens to it?

Have you ever heard of the trash vortex? Well, that’s where some of it goes. The trash vortex is a giant floating pile of trash in the middle of Pacific Ocean. This island of trash is twice the size of Texas and growing, and it is trapping sea animals in plastic wrappers and other plastic stuff we throw away. The sea animals are also eating the plastic which is killing them from the inside out. Seals’ necks are getting trapped in the plastic ring packages of soda cans when they are young.

A way to stop this trash vortex form growing is to recycle and reuse. But that’s not all. We need to educate others on the topic. You can join a beach clean-up organization to reduce the waste that goes into the ocean. Anyone can act. ACT NOW!

What are YOUR ideas for how to stop pollution and clean up the trash vortex? Join the conversation on the Save the Planet Message Board.

Michael, Scholastic Kids Council

April 8, 2015

Things Not Seen

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Recommend me!Things Not Seen (for ages 10 and up) by Andrew Clements

Today’s book recommendation comes from MidnightMystery146 on the Reading Buzz Board.

Author: Andrew Clements (author of Frindle and No Talking)Things Not Seen book cover
Book: Things Not Seen
Rating: 6 out of 5!!! (Yeah, it’s a wonderful novel!)
Basic Character List: Bobby wakes up invisible one day, but you can touch and hear him. His father is a “science freak” and his mother is a literature professor at his school. He meets this blind girl, Alicia, whom he becomes friends with.

When my friend recommended this book, I thought, “Why not?” but I didn’t realize at the time it was going to be one of my all-time favorites right next to the Harry Potter series. The book just takes you on an almost too impossible story adventure. And one last thing: never buy a faulty electric blanket at Sears, or at least not on a night when Earth is experiencing a high energy solar eruption.:)

April 7, 2015

Favorite Lunch

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Rainbow PenWriting 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

April 6, 2015

Book Genre Personality Quiz

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Question marksPersonality Quiz: Which Book Genre Are You?

There are many different types of readers. With so many books to choose from, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by what’s out there. Searching for books by genre is a great way to narrow down your options. Are you curious to know which book genre matches your personality? Are just looking to read something new and different? Take this quiz to find out which genre fits you best!

When you grow up, you want to be . . . A) a writer. B) an actor. C) an artist. D) a teacher.

Your favorite after-school activity is . . .  A) the Quidditch team. B) the drama club. C) the art club. D) the yearbook committee.

On a movie night, you’re most likely watching . . . A) Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. B) Despicable Me. C) The Lego Movie. D) Frozen.

When eating out at a restaurant, you . . .  A) always try something new. You like to experiment with dishes you’ve never had before. B) tell the waiter a joke. What did bacon say to the tomato? Lettuce get together! C) draw an elaborate scene on your placemat. Extra crayons, please! D) order the same thing you always get. You can’t beat a side of French fries!

The cover of the last book you read . . . A) looks dark and mysterious. B) makes you giggle. It reminds you of the most hilarious part of the story. C) features a really cool illustration. D) shows a picture of a kid just like you!

Tonight you are most likely to have a dream about . . .  A) going on an adventure in an alternate universe. B) playing a funny prank on a sibling or friend. C) becoming a famous artist one day. D) hanging out with your friends at school.

You are most afraid of . . . A) nothing! You are a fearless explorer! B) anyone without a sense of humor. You can’t imagine a life without laughter! C) your baby sister spilling something on your favorite book. The pictures would get ruined! D) arguing with your best friend. No one likes a disagreement!

Ready to find out which book genre you are? Count up your answers to find out!

If you answered mostly A’s: Your book genre is adventure, sci-fi, and fantasy. You are an explorer and an adventurer at heart. You wish you could attend Hogwarts or visit the Underland. You’re still not convinced that demi-gods don’t exist, and when it comes to reading, you’re ready to enter into a whole new world!

If you answered mostly B’s: Your book genre is humor and comedy. The sweet sound of laughter is like music to your ears, and you’re great at cheering up your friends or siblings with quotes from Diary of a Wimpy Kid. One year, you dressed up as Captain Underpants for Halloween. Hey, maybe someday you will become a comedian!

If you answered mostly C’s: Your book genre is graphic novels. You are an artist; you believe that no book is complete without images. You even create your own comics when you are bored. You are Wonderstruck when awesome drawings are an essential part of the story; it just makes you Smile. (Haha! Did you see what I did there? Wonderstruck and Smile are both book titles! Pretty clever, right?)

If you answered mostly D’s: Your book genre is realistic fiction. You love to read books that guide you on surviving school, dealing with friendship drama, or embracing your dorky side. You know there’s nothing better than reading about scenarios that could happen to you. Your favorite part of any story is feeling like the main characters become your friends!

Marisa, STACKS Intern

April 2, 2015

Mo'ne Davis Movie

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MoNe DavisMo’ne Davis Movie Will Be Called Throw Like Mo

Development is underway on a Disney Channel original movie Throw Like Mo, a biographical movie that will tell the inspiring story of Mo’ne Davis, the 13-year-old sports prodigy who made history in August 2014 as the first female to pitch a shutout in the Little League World Series. Davis, a member of Philadelphia’s Taney Dragons, and the first Little League player to make the cover of Sports Illustrated, will consult on the movie.

Mo’ne Davis said, “There are so many great things happening to me right now and it’s a very excitingMo'Ne Davis time in my life. A year ago, I never would have thought that Disney Channel would make a movie about me. I can’t wait to get started and I hope it will encourage other viewers to believe that dreams really do come true.”

Whether you like baseball or not Mo’ne is a pretty amazing girl. Watch this video interview with our Scholastic News Kids Reporter. Doesn’t she seem just so cool and nice?

What do you think? Are you inspired by Mo’ne? Are you excited to see a movie about her? Leave a Comment!

April 1, 2015

April Fools' Day Trivia Quiz Answers

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question marksHappy April Fools’ Day!

Yesterday, we posted an April Fools’ Day Trivia Quiz. Were you fooled, or did you guess the answers?

  1. What date is April Fools’ Day?
    ANSWER: April 1st.
  2. According to one belief, April Fools’ Day is said to have started in which country? (Hint: Eiffel Tower)
    ANSWER: France. According to one story, in 1582 Pope Gregory XIII changed New Year’s Day from April 1 to January 1. People weren’t happy with this, and kept celebrating on April 1. The January people made fun of the April people, and tricked them into running “fools’ errands” and playing tricks on them. Hmm . . . sounds complicated. I’ll just stick to putting rubber bugs in my family’s beds!
  3. In 1998, which restaurant published a fake advertisement for a hamburger for left-handed people? (McDonald’s or Burger King)
    ANSWER: Burger King! They put an ad in the newspaper announcing a new menu item: the Left-Handed Whopper. It had the same ingredients as the original Whopper, but rotated the condiments 180 degrees. Thousands of customers went into BK requesting the new sandwich which was not real!
  4. Back in 2011, which celebrity teen heartthrob singer pretended to let talk show host Jimmy Kimmel shave off his hair?
    ANSWER: Justin Bieber! Luckily, it was all a joke.
  5. TRUE or APRIL FOOL: In 2005, NASA posted on their website that water had been found on Mars. Was water really found on Mars?
    ANSWER: APRIL FOOL! Well . . . actually yes and no. When readers scrolled down, they saw a picture of a glass of water placed on a Mars candy bar. (Good one!)
  6. What would YOU rather do: put Vaseline on your parents’ toilet seat OR a mustache tattoo on your sister while she’s sleeping?
    ANSWER: No wrong answer, you sneaky trickster, you!
  7. TRUE or APRIL FOOL: In 1957, Swiss farmers enjoyed a surprise “spaghetti crop” when spaghetti grew on trees.
    ANSWER: APRIL FOOL! It was a BBC prank.

Did you pull any good pranks for April Fools’ Day? I’m looking for some good ideas for next year, so let me know in the Comments below!

-Ratha, STACKS Writer

March 31, 2015

April Fools' Day Trivia Quiz

Posted by at 1:26 am in Trivia | Permalink

question marksApril Fools’ Day Trivia Quiz

There’s one day in the year when you can’t get in trouble for playing pranks on people. April Fools’ Day! Who can resist getting a glass of “moldy” milk or a gummy worm in your apple?

Are you prepared for April Fools’ Day? To get you in the mood, take a jab at our April Fools’ Day Trivia Quiz. You might get some good ideas!

  1. What date is April Fools’ Day?
  2. According to one belief, April Fools’ Day is said to have started in which country? (Hint: Eiffel Tower)
  3. In 1998, which restaurant published a fake advertisement for a hamburger for left-handed people? (McDonald’s or Burger King)
  4. Back in 2011, which celebrity teen heartthrob singer pretended to let talk show host Jimmy Kimmel shave off his hair?
  5. TRUE or APRIL FOOL: In 2005, NASA posted on their website that water had been found on Mars. Was water really found on Mars?
  6. What would YOU rather do: put Vaseline on your parents’ toilet seat OR a mustache tattoo on your sister while she’s sleeping?
  7. TRUE or APRIL FOOL: In 1957, Swiss farmers enjoyed a surprise “spaghetti crop” when spaghetti grew on trees.

If you refuse to be fooled, let us know your answers in the Comments below! Then click here for the answers.

-Ratha, STACKS Writer

March 30, 2015

ABC Quiz

Posted by at 1:29 am in Personality Quiz | Permalink

CatEyesWhat Are Your favorites from A-Z?

CatEyes484 created this ABC quiz for you. Go to the Message Board to leave your answers and see what everyone else wrote. Some of these questions are kind of hard! Favorite yo-yo brand??? My favorite yogurt is blueberry. Does that count?

  1. Favorite animal?
  2. Favorite brand?
  3. Favorite color?
  4. Favorite drink?
  5. Favorite emotion?
  6. Favorite food?
  7. Favorite gummy candy?
  8. Favorite horse?
  9. Favorite ice cream?
  10. Favorite joke?
  11. Favorite kin?
  12. Favorite lollipop?
  13. Favorite month?
  14. Favorite nighttime memory?
  15. Favorite origami?
  16. Favorite pizza?
  17. Favorite quality?
  18. Favorite record?
  19. Favorite Skittles flavor?
  20. Favorite treat?
  21. Favorite Under Armour item?
  22. Favorite Valentine’s Day memory?
  23. Favorite warrior?
  24. Favorite XOXO note?
  25. Favorite yo-yo brand?
  26. Favorite zoo?

Do you have your own ABC quiz questions? Leave them in the Comments!

Sonja, STACKS Staffer