April 17, 2015
Sponsored Post Star Banks Adventure
Mysterious planets, an alien mentor, and a robot shopkeeper—sounds like the ingredients to an amazing sci-fi story, right? It’s also the foundation for a new swipe-and-match game called Star Banks Adventure!
Check out the game trailer.
Like all great games, Star Banks Adventure is packed with choices for you to make. But every choice has a consequence, so be careful! You’ll need to partner with Odal, an alien guide, to stop Overlord Zek, the evil mastermind bent on causing financial chaos. Use different Star Banks to collect coins and build space devices to save the galaxy from financial chaos. I can’t wait to see what comes next! Click here to check it out.
Accompanied by spacey music and a story line that unfolds as you go, Star Banks Adventure is a blast!
This free game was created by T. Rowe Price as part of their Money Confident Kids Program, which focuses on helping kids better understand money. It can be played online or on mobile devices through iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon.
April 17, 2015
Join the Revolution to Save Planet Earth!
Revolution is a new movie that shows the devastating environmental effects of ocean acidification, tar sands, deforestation, over-population, pollution and food scarcity. Filmed over 4 years in 15 countries in some of the most remote and breathtaking locations, Revolution is an inspiring call to action about the man-made catastrophe facing our world. Uncovering the cause of the mass extinctions of the past, this film shows the revolution needed to save our planet now.
In the movie, you can see that the global conservation movement depends on the passion of young people. There are kids featured throughout the movie, including 13-year-old Felix Finkbeiner of Germany. In his hometown, he leads an environmental group called Plant for the Planet, which has so far planted 194 trees — one tree for every country that met at the United Nations Planet Conference. Joining a rally of protesters outside the conference, he invited all the ministers and heads of state to come outside to plant the trees of their country. His goal is to plant one million trees in each country of the world.
So inspiring! Kids CAN make a difference, so tell us in the Comments what you will do to help save the earth!
Sonja, STACKS Staffer
April 16, 2015
Solar Energy Can Solve the Biggest Problem in the World Today
I think that one of the biggest problems on Earth today is the usage of power. Solar energy is the solution. We all know the sun’s rays give off heat, right? Well, did you know that the energy from the sun can be collected and concentrated to produce usable power? When I’m finished, you’ll be more informed and surely switch to solar energy. Let’s get started!
The first advantage of solar energy is that no matter how much humans use the sun for its power, it won’t ever run out. Another advantage is that solar energy reduces the cost of electricity bills. Actually, it doesn’t just reduce the cost; solar energy takes the cost away entirely! My last advantage is it’s a clean source of power because it takes away use of fossil fuels that pollute the atmosphere.
There are many advantages, but you must take into account the disadvantages of using solar energy. One disadvantage is that solar energy is more expensive than other power sources because you have to pay for getting the panels installed. Another disadvantage is, depending on the area you live in, there will have to be a certain number of solar panels needed, which can also affect the placing of the solar panels. The last disadvantage is that only 40% of the sun’s energy is used by the solar panels, which means 60% is wasted.
Solar energy is a clean, renewable source that helps protect the environment. It may be more expensive, but it’s worth it over time. If more people switch to solar energy, then less pollution may reverse the effects of global warming!
What do YOU think about solar energy? Join the conversation on the Save the Planet Message Board.
Rowan, Scholastic Kids Council
April 15, 2015
More Proof That J. K. Rowling ROCKS!
Part 1 of a 2-part interview with Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling appeared on the Today Show this week. There is good news and bad news. The bad news for Harry Potter fans is that she said she is definitely not working on another Harry Potter book. “Harry Potter 8, as in what happened next to Harry, Ron and Hermione — I don’t think that’s going to happen.” Oh well . . .
But the good news is pretty amazing! J. K. Rowling has started a charity called Lumos. (Awesome name, right?) According to the Lumos website, the goal is to eliminate all orphanages and replace them with “community based services that provide children with access to health, education and social care tailored to their individual needs.”
As you probably know, Lumos is the spell to make light, so this name has a special meaning. This charity will help bring the problem of orphanages to light, and hopefully inspire people to change that system. And it will also be a light of hope to the children living in them and can hopefully make their lives much better.
In the Today Show interview, J. K. Rowling said, “I definitely will write for children again, ’cause I love writing for kids. So that will definitely happen, and that will sit comfortably alongside this work [Lumos]. And maybe I’ll get to read that new work to some of these children.”
Did you even need more proof that J. K. Rowling is a goddess? Well, there it is! Do you love her even more now? Leave your reactions in the Comments!
Sonja, STACKS Staffer
April 15, 2015
The Candymakers (for ages 9 and up) by Wendy Mass
Today’s book recommendation comes from HotelPurple42 on the Reading Buzz Board.
The Candymakers is about the candy factory called “Life is Sweet” and it is having a competition for kids to create a one-of-a-kind candy. The winning candy will be sold everywhere. All the kids who want to enter have to write an essay on why they want to make candy. Out of all those entries, 4 children are chosen: Logan (a Life Is Sweet employee’s son), Daisy (who can lift a 50-pound roll of taffy), Miles (who is allergic to rowboats, the color pink, pancakes, jazz music, and merry-go-rounds) and Phillip (who is always wearing a suit and tie and is scribbling in a secret notebook). This is all I can give you. It’s a really great book.
Have you read this book? What do you think? Leave a Comment and go to the Reading Buzz Board to join the book discussion!
April 14, 2015
What’s your Music Personality Style?
Are you a rebellious rocker? A classy classical kid? A peppy popster? Take the quiz to find out what type of music best fits your unique personality.
- It’s Spirit Week at school! You’re most looking forward to . . . A) Professional Day. You love wearing your fanciest clothes to school once in a while. B) Pajama Day. Chillin’ in your pjs all day sounds pretty awesome! C) Crazy Day. It’s finally a day when you can go wild with your own style! D) School Colors Day. You’ve got the PERFECT pair of sneakers to match your letter jacket. E) Superhero Day. It took you forever to decide between Thor and Spider-Man, but it looks like you’ve finally made the best choice! Continue reading
April 13, 2015
Create a Caption for Rowan’s Crazy Dog!
Oh my goodness! Does Rowan’s dog look insane or what? Tell us in the Comments what you think this lunatic is saying!
April 10, 2015
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.
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
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 (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)
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.