Study Guide 1- The Science Project by Elaine Donadio

Chapters 1-5.

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

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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 examples of how Phil and Nestor demonstrate their intelligence. Describe how the boys react to each other. What surprised you about this?

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(s)?

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.

What is DNA? What family traits have you inherited? Which traits are different from your siblings? What accounts for these differences?

What is amber? Origin? Uses?  How can amber become electrically charged? When amber is rubbed against wool, silk or fur, does it become positively or negatively charged? Explain.

Give examples of how other materials can become electrically charged.

Complete this sentence: Like poles……… one another, while opposite poles……… .

What if?  Let’s pretend dinosaurs are alive once again on earth. Who would dominate—dinosaurs or humans? Would humans live in peace or in fear? Would dinosaurs be protected or hunted? How might humans protect themselves and their pets? What useful functions might dinosaurs provide? How would humans guarantee a plentiful food source for the dinosaurs? What dangers would dinosaurs encounter in a typical day? What dangers would human/dinosaur coexistence present? How realistic is the idea of a human/dinosaur shared world?

Which ancestors of dinosaurs thrive in today’s world? How did they escape extinction?

By the way, did all dinosaurs live at the same time and in the same place? Research your answers.

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 Nov. 11, 2017!

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