Study Guide 1—The Science Project by Elaine Donadio

Chapters 1-5.

Please see my June 2, 2017 blog post for the updated study guide schedule.

You can preview and purchase The Science Project at Amazon or Barnes & Noble websites for a digital or paperback copy, or if you have a NOOK, you can visit or Barnes & Noble for a digital copy.

We’re meeting Nestor Ramirez, our main character and his best friend, Phil Williams. Nestor is trying hard to be popular, but he certainly doesn’t have a clue. Oh, he can be nice when he wants to be, but how often does he want to be?

These questions are based on chapters 1-5. 

1. Create a Venn Diagram to compare and contrast Nestor and Phil. Who would you rather have as a best friend? Support your answer.

2. Find as many examples of how Phil demonstrates his intelligence as you               can. Describe how Nestor reacts to these instances.

3. What do we learn about Nestor from his attitude towards his mother? Be specific. How is Nestor’s attitude the same or different from your attitude toward your parent?

4. List five science facts that Nestor learned in Chapter 5. Make a list of those facts in priority order with the most important fact at number one, and the least important at number five.

5. We begin to see a different side of Nestor. What surprises you most about his behavior? What predictions can you make about what might happen in the story?


Spoiler alert: I will not be providing the answers for the questions. If you’re a serious learner, then you can discover the world on your own. The answers can be found in the book. Seek and you shall find.

You can email Elaine Donadio at

Next: The Science Project Study Guide 2. See you on June 10, 2017!

All rights reserved.



2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Elaine Donadio Writes
    Jun 03, 2017 @ 09:37:06

    This is a great way to engage kids /students and increase their interaction with The Science Project! Do you recommend reading the book and then answering the questions or sharing the questions ahead of time, so the reader is looking for the answers?



    • Elaine Donadio Writes
      Jun 11, 2017 @ 09:48:47

      Definitely read the designated chapters first for enjoyment and understanding, then answer the questions. Remember, the books have many purposes but learning while having fun is the goal. If you read for answers, you would be treating the book as a test situation, which is not at all the point. Set your purpose, then read.



Please share your thoughts.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: