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Kidsday: Gone fishing!

At the end of the school year, all of the fourth-graders at our school went to Port Jefferson Harbor for a fishing trip. We went on the boat Celtic Quest. On the boat they went to three different stations in the morning. At one station there was an activity book. Another station was called Fish Trivia, and at the last station, the mates taught us how to fish.

We caught so many fish! The biggest one was 15 pounds, and it was a striped bass. Some other fish were caught, and they were porgies and black sea bass. Some kids caught sea robins, but we threw them back. Someone even caught a small sand shark!

We fished for a while in the Port Jeff Harbor. Then the captain took us out to Long Island Sound, where the water was a little rougher. We caught some fish there, too. Two other classes went on a second day, and they caught even more fish than we did. They had better weather so they went further out into the Sound. After we fished, the mates were dredging and catching some creatures from the bottom of the Sound.

They caught hermit crabs, snails and spider crabs. It was fun to look at the creatures. One of the spider crabs even got out of the basket and was walking around. This was the best fishing trip ever!

Working out with the penguins

The Penguins of Madagascar: Dr. Blowhole Returns Again is an athletic game for Xbox 360 Kinect (THQ). It is a one-player game, but boy do you get a workout from this game! When you play you use your arms, legs and body to move Penguins and to attack. As you play the game, there are obstacles along the way. When you reach one, you need to do a certain action. These are so funny. You have to jump, hang in the air and try to balance. Sometimes you have to aim at targets, too. There is a funny one where you have to belly slide. I had so much fun with this game. Even though it is a one-player game, you can have a lot of fun with your family.

RATING: 5 of 5

--Kidsday Reporter Emily Velasquez

Our present poll

In December many people give and receive gifts for the holidays. We were wondering if kids would rather get a lot of little presents or one big present. We did a survey of 100 fourth- and fifth-graders, and these are our results:

A lot of little presents ......... 59

One big present .................... 41

More kids picked a lot of little presents because it's fun to open presents! If you had to choose, which one would you pick?

--Kidsday Reporters Ivette Balcacer and Garrett Peters

CLASS OF THE WEEK: Donna Cotrone and Carrie O'Brien's fifth-grade class, OXHEAD ROAD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, Centereach

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