The New App You Will Hate Picture this: You’re hanging out at your best friend’s house. Your mom calls, but you don’t feel like answering. It’s no big deal . . . Until you try to text another friend. “Your phone is locked,” says a message on the screen. “Call Mom.” Could this really happen? Yes. An app called Ignore No More lets parents lock kids’ phones remotely. Kids must then call their parents for a code to unlock the phone. Sharon Standifird invented Ignore No More. She is a mom who became frustrated when her kids didn’t return her calls and texts. Now they do, because of the app. While many parents love the idea of the app, others say it is too controlling and doesn’t let teens be independent. What do Standifird’s kids think? “I thought it was a good idea,” says her son Bradley, “but for other people, not me.” READ. WRITE. WIN! Do you think parents should be able to lock teens’ phones? Write to us to explain why or why not. Five winners will each get a $25 Amazon gift card! E-mail entries to email@example.com. A Seriously Big Bird What waddled, had feathers, and was taller than an NBA player? The world’s biggest penguin. Last year, scientists discovered bones from a type of penguin that died out millions of years ago. At 6 feet, 6 inches, it was taller than Dwyane Wade! It weighed about 250 pounds. Called the Colossus penguin, this amazing animal lived in Antarctica about 40 million years ago. Says one of the scientists who studied the bones, “It was a wonderful time for penguins.” Find the Main Idea Read the sentences below about “A Seriously Big Bird.” Underline the main idea. Circle the supporting detail. Check the opinion. 1. The penguin lived about 40 million years ago. 2. Seeing a 6-foot-tall penguin would be terrifying. 3. Scientists found bones from a huge ancient penguin. Yes, it’s a Yo-Yo! Spinning a yo-yo isn’t easy, especially when it weighs 7,300 pounds and measures 15 feet across. That’s the size of this yo-yo, which appears in the new book Guinness World Records 2015. Beth Johnson of LaRue, Ohio, built the yo-yo. She attached it to a crane and let it drop. Johnson had tried to set the record three times before, but the yo-yo always broke. “I’m so glad it worked,” she says. “I am really tired of fixing it!”
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