Friday, April 21, 2006

Please vote for my 'Snakes On A Plane' song!

I'm taking a break from posts of stories written by children for a post about a movie that may as well have been written by children: Snakes on a Plane starring Samuel L. Jackson. By virtue of its ridiculous title and premise, it's become an internet phenomenon months before its release - you can see the trailer here.

There is a song contest where the winning song will be placed in the movie. I've written a ridiculous love duet for it called "Two Snakes On A Plane," and I would love your help in voting for it. Here's how:

1. Go to and sign up for an account. You don't even need to use your real email address.
2. Then, go here, and "Click Here To Vote."
3. In the drop-down menus, make it Sort "By Name" and set Name Filter to "T."
4. Look for The Guesstimates, and click the vote button!

There's even been an Associated Press article quoting my lyrics!

Thanks. I knew I could count on you.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

The Magic Eggs

by Kayla, 2nd grader

One day a little girl was doing a lot of work. Her sitters made her do all the work. So the girl ran and ran until she came to an old house. She looked in the old house. She saw an old lady.
“ Can you help me?” said the girl.
“ My sitters are making me do all the work”.
The lady knew just what to do.
“ Go to the backyard and take the things that say 'Take me'”.
So the girl did, and when she was walking home the lady said,
“ Toss them over your head”.

Later, the sitters came in the room with pink dust all over them.
“ What would you like?” they said.
“ A drink”, the girl said.
Then her dad came home and he said, “Go get me a drink”.
When the sitters left, the drink was already there.
“ What!” he said.
“ What happened in here?”
“ It’s a long story”, said the girl.

The End

Friday, April 14, 2006

Bear Picture Prompt Stories

by Ms. Yu's 3rd grade class

Bear In Trouble
by Derek

Once upon a time there was a bear called Eric. He very smart. Nobody likes him, because he was smart. One day he was walking and somebody hit him very hard that he started bleeding. Then the other bear broke his glasses and he was bleeding. Someone found him on the floor crying and bleeding to death. The bear took him to a hospital. He had to get surgery. When he came out of the hospital, he was okay.

What's For Homework
by Robert

One day when Jack the bear was in school he was looking in the air. He did not know what to do. He asked his friend "what do we have for homework?" But his friend didn't answer. So the next day when he go back to school, he didn't get no stamp. He just got an incomplete and he never forgot his homework again.

The Happy Bear Like To Play
by Jayliann

Once upon a time there was a brown bear. His name was Nick. He was a nice bear. He liked to play with his friends. He liked being nice. He lived in the woods. We liked where he lived. His home is in the cave. Nike liked his home, because it is dark inside. In the woods, it has a lot of trees. The woods have tall trees. Sometimes Nick plays with his friends in the woods. Nike plays with his friends every day in the woods. He loved living in the cave. At night Nike went to bed. The next morning Nike went into the woods he see his friends and he ran to his friends. Then they played together.

The Fat Bear
by Gary

The bear was walking around in the grass looking for friends. Then it looked like he found friends, because he was looking straight ahead. He was so big that he even beat up the other bear. The bear didn't want to be bothered. So I helped the bear that didn't want to be bothered. The big fat bear didn't know how to get along with other bears. He didn't even get along with his brothers and sisters. He always wanted to fight with his family, except his mother and father. He got in trouble by his mother and father. So he had to go back and he said, "I am sorry" and the other bear said, "It is ok." So they lived happily ever after again.

The Bear Said, "What Homework?"
by Diamond

Once upon a time there lived a bear named Browny, but some people called him Biggy because he was so fat. So one day his teacher gave him homework but he put his hands on his head and said, "what homework?" The teacher said, "bye," but the bear still didn't know what to do. He went for a walk in the woods to see if he saw his friends to ask them what homework, but they did not know. So when he went back to school his teacher said, "there's no homework. I was just playin with you."

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Fitting In

by Molly, 5th grader

Manny is ten years old. She was always smiling, always laughing. That’s where it all started, when Manny was walking home from school. She walked in the door, smiling, giggling. She twirled her long curly blonde hair between her hands.

“Mom, mom where are you?” she called.

“In the living room dear.” her mom answered. Manny ran to the living room.

“Mom, I had the best day in school I’ve ever had, I got an A+ on my English test!” she smiled.

“Great, um, I’ve got some news, we’re moving.” her mom stuttered. The room fell silent. Manny fell silent. That was the worst news ever. She had been having the best day and she had told her that they were moving.

A few months later Manny, her mom and dad drove to their new house, the moving van following them. Manny silently cried, but no tears fell, she wanted to scream out no, but it was too late, they were moving. They pulled up to a driveway. Manny stared. It was the oddest house she had ever seen. She got out of the car and walked into it. It was huge, way too huge. Manny went down the basement stairs and claimed the basement her room. The movers carried her bed in.

All she did that night was write in her journal. When it was time for bed all she could worry about is her new school, and missing her old friends, all the way back in New Jersey , and here she was, stranded in Kentucky . Finally, she fell asleep.

She woke up the next morning, threw on a blue jean skirt and tank top and walked to her new school. When she got there, all the kids stared and whispered. She walked over to what she thought was the ‘Popular’ group.

“Hi, I’m Manny.” She said shyly. They all starred.

“You the new kid?” a girl asked.

“Yeah,” Manny replied.

“Oh, bye.” she said rudely

“Um, do think I could hang out with you guys?”

They turned “For one we’re not ‘guys’ we’re girls, and no, you’re a nerdy new kid, and obviously a loser.” She remarked as she made an L sign on her forehead. Manny almost cried. Her lips grew tighter and tighter, till she ended up running to the bathroom and cried her heart out.

No one would talk to her throughout the day and at the end a bunch of guys started to bully her.

“Hey, new kid having trouble making friends, crybaby?” he pushed her down in the mud. “Good.” He laughed and walked away.

Manny got up and ran all the way home. She went to her room and pulled her fencing gear on and grabbed her sword. She went down to the nearest Y and beat some boys. She came home feeling relived and non stressful.

The next day at school she met some new friends, eventually the boys stopped bullying her, but that’s the story. The lesson is if you move and you’re getting bullied, stand up to them and make some new friends if you have trouble fitting in.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Fraction Stories

There are 2 wrestlers in the ring. The Rock got thrown out of the ring. What fraction of the wrestlers stayed in the ring?

I had 790 Pokemon cards. I traded a holographic card for 10 junguls. How many Pokemon cards do I have now? What fraction of my cards did I trade?

Brandon T.
There are 7 karate students. They were fighting. 4 got smacked. What fraction got smacked?

There are 1,000 people at my birthday party. 900 of them left. What fraction left?

Friday, April 07, 2006


by Sydney, 4th grader

“Kelly-Jo is so popular,” Anna said to Estella. “I wish I was that popular too,” said Anna.

Anna and Estella were best friends. They were in highschool and were not popular, but wished to be.

“Oh look, Kelly-Jo is coming. Act Cool.”
“Hi nerds,” Kelly-Jo said to Anna and Estella.
“Why can’t we be popular,” Estella said. I wonder if there is a way to become popular."
“I’ve got an idea,” Anna exclaimed. “Maybe our moms could take us shopping at 2 Popular, and buy us some clothes.”
“I’ll ask my mom if you will ask yours,” Anna said to Estella.
“O.K.,” Estella said. “Bye,” Estella said to Anna.
“Wait,” Anna exclaimed. Where will we meet."
“Lets meet at 2 Popular on Saturday.”

It was Saturday, the girls met at 2 Popular. Anna asked Estella how much money her mom gave her.
Estella replied, “$70.00.”
“I only have $60.00,” Anna said.
Lets start shopping the girls agreed. The two girls shopped until they dropped. They used all the money.

On Monday the girls walked over to where they usually stood in the morning and waited for Kelly-Jo to pass by.
“Here she comes,” Anna said. “Act cool.”
Kelly-Jo walked up to Anna and Estell and asked if they wanted to hang out with them. Guess what they said.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Mallory's New Cat

by Annie, 4th grader

“Saw Annie?”
“Sue Anne.”
“Found a cat!”
“Is that so?”
“Yeah’s cute.”
“I bet.”
“Saw Annie?”
“Can we keep it?
”No way!!”
“We really did find one.”
“Is that so?”
“It’s yellow and orange.”

Sue Anne turned around her hands on her hips. “ You’ve found lots of animals. Every one of ‘em you’ve found in someone’s yard.”
“No but we found it in the forest.”
“Which forest?”
“Whitsten Raleigh.”
“That’s someone’s yard.”
Mallory turned around hopefully. “Saw Annie?”
“The guy that owned Whitston Raleigh died last week.”

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

The Dog

from Ms. Buck's 2nd grade

He said do you see a bush that looks like a dog?Once there was a bush that looked like a dog. Then one day there was a boy. His name was Zack. He saw the bush. Then he called his friends. So they came. He said do you see what I see? They said, yes. He said do you see a bush that looks like a dog? They said, yes. Then they went home.

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