Jaclyn Chernak’s fifth-graders at Bells Mill Elementary in Potomac are the Class of KidsPost for June. They gave us a long list of favorite authors and ice cream flavors. So they’re well read and well fed (and we’re sure they ate a good dinner before the ice cream). This is the last Class of KidsPost for the school year. Check back at the end of the summer, when we will ask teachers to nominate the first Class of KidsPost for 2013-14.
These big readers go for authors from way back to those who are writing today. For favorite author, they picked Roald Dahl, who wrote “James and the Giant Peach” in 1961. But Rick Riordan, who has a “Heroes of Olympus” book coming out in October, was a close second. Other favorites included Suzanne Collins, J.K. Rowling, Gordon Korman and Laurie Friedman.
The fifth-graders turn to cartoons when they turn on the TV. “SpongeBob SquarePants” and “The Simpsons” tied for favorite show. “Good Luck Charlie” was not far behind and was followed by “Modern Family” and “Full House.” What do these shows have in common? They’re all comedies.
The classic Monopoly won top game, but Minecraft, the Game of Life, Clue and Call of Duty: Black Ops II each had several fans.
Thirteen kids, or about 45 percent of the class, said they spend two to three hours per week online. That’s not even 30 minutes each day, so they still have plenty of time to read and play Monopoly!
YouTube, with its videos of just about anything, was the most popular Web site. Kidspost.com came in second place (you really like us!), and Coolmath, a site with math puzzles and games, was third.
About 60 percent of the kids did not have a cellphone, although some were clearly thinking about it because they answered “not yet.”
No fancy pizza for most of these kids! Cheese was by far the favorite topping, even without including votes for extra cheese or three cheese. Bacon, pepperoni and pineapple tied for second place.
Ms. Chernak’s kids had so many preferred flavors that there was a four-way tie for number one: chocolate, vanilla, cookies and cream, and chocolate chip cookie dough. Other tasty choices were mango, mint chip and a caramel flavor called dulce de leche (sounds like DOOL-say de LAY-chay).
“Athlete” topped the career list, but “doctor” was right behind. “Scientist,” “teacher” and “real estate agent” (that’s someone who helps people buy or sell a home) also were popular choices. The two most unusual careers were “special effects artist” and “Nintendo game tester.”
These kids were focused mostly on diseases and endangered animals. Cancer was the biggest problem, according to almost one-third of the class. (Perhaps the future doctors will specialize in oncology, the study of cancer.) A half-dozen said losing animal species was the biggest problem. A few students also mentioned crime and global warming.