A Diet To Honor Earth Day

 Ever wonder what a cow does that a chicken doesn’t? I’ve often heard that reducing consumption of red meat helps reverse the effects of climate change. I’ve found an article that fully explains the reasons for this advice.

Judith Fertig’s article in the April, 2018 Long Island Edition of Natural Awakenings “Changing Our Diet to Cool the Climate” explains it all.

“Climatarians (n.) whose primary goal is to reverse climate change give the following advice: eat locally produced foods to reduce energy spent in transportation, choose pork and poultry over red meat and lamb to limit greenhouse gas emissions, and use every part of ingredients ex. apple cores, cheese rinds to limit food waste.

“In addition to improving personal health by eating more plant-based food, we could see a drop in national health care costs, water usage, greenhouse gas emissions, and our carbon footprint.”

So, what else and why?

Eat Foods That go Easy On Water– hydroponic Bibb lettuce; dry-tilled heirloom tomatoes, okra, melons, quinoa which are drought resistant”

Eat Foods That Go Easy on Greenhouse Gases– eat more local seasonal produce and root crops; less red meat, cheese, eggs and more fruit, vegetables, beans, nuts”

Hopeful Developments– improvements in perennial grains and wheat which would not have to be planted from seed each year saving soil, carbon, human and machine energy”

I like to have concrete suggestions and I thank Ms. Fertig for helping to clarify.

Please remember, saving the planet goes beyond reuse, recycle and reduce. It also involves how we treat each other and the world in which we live.

One person, one experience at a time.

I wish you all a life inspired by the wonder of the world around us. May you find and live your truth, in harmony with people, nature and the environment. May you be a force for good and a source of love and comfort. May the world be a better place for you having lived and loved here.

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Earth Day: Celebrate, Reflect, Take Action

The sins of the parent are visited upon the child. This is a sobering thought. Not only does this adage reach across psychological, emotional, mental and social boundaries, but it extends to the world situation in which our children and grandchildren will find themselves. A world filled with strife, war and famine. Often, the absence of a peaceful, supportive family life. A world depleted of natural resources. Food shortages. Clean water shortages. Increased severity of heat and allergy related conditions. As individuals, we do not have the power to save the world, but we each can take a positive step and instill good habits in our children, so we may all work together for a more powerful impact on the world in which we live. Each generation must continue good practices, since no action has everlasting results.

In the April, 2018 Long Island Edition of Natural Awakenings “Healthy Climate, Healthy People” Lisa Maxwell discusses the effects of climate change on our health and that of our children: “an increase in Lyme disease with increasing tick populations, longer asthma and allergy seasons with poison ivy and ragweed flourishing, trauma caused by displacement from hurricanes, etc., complications from heat waves, hazardous air quality as a result of forest fires, rampant Zika, Dengue Fever, and West Nile mosquito borne illnesses, reduced proteins and food value in crops such as grains,  aggressive behavior as a result of improper rest and sleep, sports fatigue in the hotter temperatures leading to stroke, kidney failure, and edema.”

What can we do? “Walk rather than ride, eat less meat, encourage hospitals and other public buildings to go green, plant more trees, show compassion for those in developing countries who create little carbon imprint but bear the brunt of its effects.”

Climate change is a fact. Some places are getting noticeably hotter, while others are noticeably colder. Growing seasons are shortened and less productive. Its cause may be debatable, but its effects are indisputable. If we cannot agree on the why, let’s continue to concentrate on the what and address those issues without pointing fingers or playing the blame game. Please band together to do our part and encourage others to do what they can. Every little bit adds up.

Frequent stores such as Crate & Barrel that sell green furniture, bedding, and other home accessories. Be aware of how we dispose of our trash and recycling items. Plant trees and shrubs rather than arbitrarily pulling them out of the ground. Reduce consumption by repairing, reusing, and repurposing. Be generous with our funds to those in need through no fault of their own and victims of natural disasters and political and government upheavals and climate change.

Saving the planet goes beyond reuse, recycle and reduce. It also involves how we treat each other and the world in which we live.

One person, one experience at a time.

I wish you all a life inspired by the wonder of the world around us. May you find and live your truth, in harmony with people, nature and the environment. May you be a force for good and a source of love and comfort. May the world be a better place for you having lived and loved here.

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Please Join Me! Local Authors Fair, Port Washington NY Public Library

Please join me!
Sunday, April 29, 2018  

2:00-4:30pm

Port Washington Public Library  
1 Library Drive  Port Washington, NY
Lapham Meeting Room
516-883-4400

        Meet local self-published authors and learn about their latest works. Books will be available for purchase.

My Book Titles

The Science Project
The Ocean’s Way
Who Do Voodoo?
The Ocean’s Way Poetry Companion
Sojourn Into The Night—A Memoir of the Peruvian Rainforest

Questions? Visit elainedonadio.com or email me at author@elainedonadio.com.

I wish you all a life inspired by the wonder of the world around us. May you find and live your truth, in harmony with people, nature and the environment. May you be a force for good and a source of love and comfort. May the world be a better place for you having lived and loved here.

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Welcome Back! Downton Abbey – The Exhibition

Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending Downton Abbey: The Exhibition in New York City. How was it? As classy, warm, and inviting as the series.Wonderful, professional, inviting. Heartfelt. Emotional. Beautiful original sets, costumes and props. Multi-media presentation. You’ll feel as if you’re there. Booked until September 3, 2018 at 218 W. 57th St. between 7th & 8th Avenues in a converted art store building. Rumor has it Boston is the next lucky city. A must see for Downton Abbey fans. An accurate depiction of British culture, society, and fashion from the Edwardian period of WWI to the 1920s.

Having been a loyal fan of the PBS series, it’s only natural to want to read the real life account of the people whose lives were portrayed in this wonderful presentation which takes place at Highclere Castle, England. Let me say this, if I could choose a person whose life to live, it would have been Lady Almina, the 5th Countess of Carnarvon, the illegitimate daughter of Alfred de Rothschild and Marie Wombwell, the wife of George Edward Stanhope Molyneux Herbert, the 5th Earl of Carnarvon.

Surrounded by love as a wife, mother, hostess, benefactor, nurse, hospital administrator, this forward-thinking woman established a hospital and nursing care for the wounded soldiers during WWI at her home at Highclere Castle, using a holistic approach to patient care, healing the minds and spirits, as well as the broken bodies of the patients whose lives she impacted.

Her life was filled with adventure with her world travels, and the discovery of the tomb of the Egyptian King Tut by her husband and his fellow archeological explorer, Howard Carter.

Generous to a fault, she positively influenced the lives of many, and lived a life filled with love and appreciation.

The characters in the series are set against the background of WWI during the Edwardian era in England. It’s a history lesson, a social commentary, a family account, an adventure, all rolled into a well-written, fascinating saga. How much is fact and how much is fiction? I don’t have the answer, but the lifestyle, behaviors, rules and demands portrayed upstairs in the family quarters and downstairs in the servant area, were meticulously researched and well-represented by Julian Fellowes, the creator of the series.

The people no longer live, but their characters live on. This moment in history is gone. We can still share their lives and concerns in DVD and Blu-Ray discs, books, documentaries, taped interviews. The impact travels through time and space, although the catalyst is no longer present.

If you would like to read an inspiring book on the subject, I recommend, “Lady Almina And The Real Downton Abbey: The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle” by Fiona Carnarvon, the present Countess of Carnarvon.

I wish you all a life inspired by the wonder of the world around us. May you find and live your truth, in harmony with people, nature and the environment. May you be a force for good and a source of love and comfort. May the world be a better place for you having lived and loved here.

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Literacy Scores Down? I Can Help

Welcome to my blog!

Literacy scores down? I can help. ElaineDonadio.com is an invaluable resource.

Need ideas for using my middle grade books? Please click here to visit my website/blog for lesson ideas and study guides. Tie-ins with science, social studies, and literacy.

*Whole class reading activity, much like a text book. I’m still a proponent of the balanced literacy and whole language movements where students imitate the activities of the characters in the books. The science presentations can act as a springboard to an actual student activity.

*Small group discussion. Each book can be presented to the rest of the class as a play, Readers Theater, science fact presentation according to chapter contents, individual reports, a multimedia presentation, chart presentations, etc.

*Independent reading and/ or book reports.

*Supplemental classroom reading can serve as material for class discussion, report or presentation.

*Multiple intelligences can be addressed by allowing presentations of the book plots or actual science or social study facts through the visual or performing arts. How bout a dance of the dolphins? Or a play about how creatures interact in their environments? A song telling the life cycle of an insect? A watercolor representation of the underside of a horseshoe crab? Creating a costume to demonstrate how creatures can be camouflaged in their worlds? A news flash detailing the dangers of fracking on the environment? A puppet show detailing the swamp biome?

*Instead of traditional text –books, use my books. Perhaps, the students can write letters to one another or to friends and family telling what they’ve learned. Create a class newspaper account of a day in the life.

*Brainstorm a combination of modalities to be presented at a school assembly.

*Utilize the formula poems found in The Ocean’s Way and The Ocean’s Way Poetry Companion as a model and have the students present facts in this same format.

*Conduct an author study to compare and contrast my books with one another or with books by other authors.

* Create a diorama or model to show relationships, life cycles, or habitats.

*Design a travel brochure for the places the book characters visit.

*Vote for a class president using the book characters as candidates.

 

Book Titles The Science Project, The Ocean’s Way, Who Do Voodoo?,
The Ocean’s Way Poetry Companion, 
Sojourn Into The Night-A Memoir of the Peruvian Rainforest

All titles are available for preview and purchase at Amazon and Barnes & Noble websites. Available in digital and paperback formats.

Questions? Call 718-746-0758 or click here to email.

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Sample Study Guide: Sojourn Into The Night-A Memoir of the Peruvian Rainforest by Elaine Donadio

Sample Study Guide: Sojourn Into The Night-A Memoir of the Peruvian Rainforest by Elaine Donadio

You can preview and purchase Sojourn Into The Night—A Memoir of the Peruvian Rainforest at Amazon or Barnes & Noble websites for a digital or paperback copy, or you can visit Smashwords.com for a digital copy.

Study Guide 4: Pages 46-59.

Please remember to look for creatures hidden among the leaves.

These questions are based on pages 46-59.

1.Owl Butterflies

Draw a picture of the owl butterfly with its wings opened. Label the body parts. How did it get its name? How does it see? Hear? Smell? Taste? Feel? Life span?

Why does it fly primarily at dusk and dawn? What other adaptations aid in its survival? What does it eat? Explain the stages of metamorphosis. Why are they considered jungle pests when in the caterpillar stage? What role might parasitic wasps play in the attempt to control destructive caterpillar activity?  What behaviors might the host exhibit to protect itself from parasitic invasion? What are its natural enemies? Diagram the owl butterfly’s position on the food chain. How might a decrease in the numbers of owl butterflies affect other creatures in the rainforest?

Explain how they reproduce. Define lekking, genic capture, hotshot hypothesis, hotspot model, black hole model, and genetic diversity. Demonstrate how the theory of natural selection is at play here.

2. Indigenous People of the Peruvian Rainforest

What language(s) are spoken? What is the ethnicity of the majority of inhabitants? From which area of the world did they most likely emigrate? What is the typical diet? In what ways does the rainforest provide for its inhabitants? Define shifting cultivation and sustainable existence. In what ways does depending on an environment with limited usable land mass impact a people? Why is malnutrition so prevalent? Why do people congregate in specific regions? How does competition for natural resources affect interdependence? What characteristics are unique to the indigenous people of the rainforest? How might tourism and outside economic development both negatively and positively affect the status quo? In what way are the indigenous people trying to protect their territory and culture?

3. Children of the Peruvian Rainforest

How are children educated? What factors interfere with their education? In what ways does this limit their choices for the future? Show how technology and social media be used to provide a more equitable educational opportunity. What resistance might you expect to the introduction of this idea?

How is rabies contracted in the rainforest? Who are the most likely victims? Why? What other diseases are transmitted by vampire bats? Why do you think a victim who is bitten is in danger of contracting more than one disease? What are some preventive measures that should be taken by tourists and indigenous people to protect themselves from vampire bats?  Why aren’t these practices widespread?

In what ways do cultural opposition and remote location adversely affect the children?

4. Impact of  Cultural & Societal Systems

How and why do places change over time? How have cultural, technologic, and societal systems impacted the environment of the rainforest? How does lack of technology decrease diffusion of culture and limit exposure to outside culture?

How might indigenous people offer insightful suggestions for utilizing the resources of the rainforest while protecting its integrity?

Will the 21st Century be remembered as a time when the integrity of the Earth was destroyed or preserved? Support your answer.

5. Memoir

A memoir is a compelling first person story which focuses on a moment in time, rather than an overview of the author’s life. It’s a snapshot of an impactful event. The elements of memoir: truth, theme, voice, point of view, and musing or reflection. Your turn! You write a memoir! First, make a list of camera-worthy moments in time. Now, choose your topic and theme, tell your truthful memory, and add your feelings, insights and epiphanies. Yes, it’s that easy.

Spoiler alert: I will not be providing the answers for the questions. If you’re a  serious adventurer, then you will discover the world on your own. Support all your answers with facts found in the book and your own research. Seek and you shall find!

Please visit my website ElaineDonadio.com  for more study guides for this book.

You can email Elaine Donadio at author@elainedonadio.com

 

All rights reserved April, 2018.

 

What’s It All About? Sojourn Into The Night-A Memoir of the Peruvian Rainforest by Elaine Donadio

What’s It All About? Sojourn Into The Night-A Memoir of the Peruvian Rainforest by Elaine Donadio ( A watercolor journey in poetic narrative)

You can preview and purchase Sojourn Into The Night—A Memoir of the Peruvian Rainforest at Amazon or Barnes & Noble websites for a digital or paperback copy, or you can visit Smashwords.com for a digital copy.

This unrhymed, poetic narrative captures the stillness of the night and my delight in seeing camouflaged creatures of the Peruvian Rainforest. This book contains thirty beautiful, original watercolor illustrations. Look closely. You’ll find creatures hidden among the leaves.

Awestruck by the beauty of the Peruvian Rainforest, I behold what is hidden in plain sight. Aided by the full moon, the stars, and three flashlights, the jungle guide traces the almost imperceptible—camouflaged creatures, unseen but for the probing lens and heightened senses of this mentor who, among the cacophony of undefined sounds amid ambiguous paths with buttress roots spread wide, staunch soldiers in their mission as lianas reach up with wooden fingers in communion with arboreal giants, quietly courses ahead in this exalted forest with depths of knowledge and intuition surpassing my own.

In this unfamiliar great biome, I become aware of my limitations as a sentient being—capable of looking, but incapable of seeing.

This book might be best suited to ages 12-adult although my books are primarily geared to middle grade readers. They’re loaded with well-researched science facts and are appropriate for classroom study and/ or  supplemental or independent reading assignments with tie-ins for science, literacy and social studies. The secret of their success is their ability  and purpose in allowing the reader to have fun while learning—experiencing the world through the eyes of the characters—journeying with a friend, in a sense. Content area reading is what it’s all about.

Please visit my website ElaineDonadio.com  for study guides for this book. You can use the book for some of your answers, but you will have to do outside research also.

Questions or comments? Please email me at author@elainedonadio.com. I’d love to hear from you.

Happy reading!

All rights reserved April, 2018.

Sample Study Guide: The Ocean’s Way Poetry Companion by Elaine Donadio

Sample Study Guide 5: The Ocean’s Way Poetry Companion by Elaine Donadio

You can preview and purchase The Ocean’s Way Poetry Companion at Amazon or Barnes & Noble websites for a digital or paperback copy, or you can visit Smashwords.com for a digital copy.

Cephalopod Mollusks and Mollusks

These questions are based on the sections entitled Cephalopod Mollusks and Mollusks.

1. Define cephalopod mollusk. Give examples. What happened to their shells? Evidence of intelligence?

Define mollusk. Give examples. What has been the impact of increased carbon dioxide levels? How might mollusks attempt to counteract this negative influence?

2. Octopus– Draw and label the body parts. What are the functions of the arms? Gills or lungs? How many hearts? Color of their blood? Why? Adaptations? Eat? Enemies? Eggs or live birth? In what way is reproduction lethal? How do they swim? Solitary or social? Where in the ocean do they live? What is the relationship between their taste and touch?

Squid– Draw and label the body parts. Where are the teeth located? Gills or lungs? Color of their blood? Why? How do they swim? Eat? Enemies? Compare/contrast the squid and octopus. Uses for squid ink? Size of the largest reported? Describe the symbiotic relationship between the squid-light organ and luminous bacteria. How might this knowledge be helpful to scientists and doctors studying ways to improve sight in humans?

3. Clam– Body parts?  Which common body parts don’t they have? What is the function of the siphon? Define filter feeder. Marine, freshwater or both? Eat? Enemies? Reproduce? How do common water contaminants negatively impact humans who eat tainted clams? What are the sources of this pollution?

4. Mussel– Body parts? Function of the foot? Function of the byssal threads  (beards)? How are these byssal threads utilized in medicine and private industry?Uses of calcium carbonate? Eat? Enemies? How is reproduction different in marine and freshwater species? How is their habit of clumping beneficial to their survival? In what ways are mussels used as bio-indicators? Why is this necessary?

5. Snail– Draw and label the parts of a snail outside of its shell. Gills or lungs? Eggs or live birth? Land, sea or freshwater? Adaptations? How do they move? Function of snail slime? How long have snails lived? Do their shells grow with them?  How are the spirals formed? Why must they consume so much calcium? Uses for their shells? What is the importance of snails in human medicine?

Write and perform a Readers Theater presentation. Characters: Octopus, Squid, Clam, Mussel, Snail. Theme: The Dangers To Your Habitat and Well-Being.

Readers Theater is a dramatic presentation of a written work in a script form. Readers read from a “script” and reading parts are divided among the readers. No memorization, costumes, blocking, or special lighting is needed. Presentations can easily be done in a classroom. Scripts are held by the readers who read one at a time. Often the characters who are not currently reading stand with their backs to the audience.

 

Spoiler alert: I will not be providing the answers for the questions. If you’re a serious adventurer, then you will discover the world on your own. Support all your answers with facts found in the book and the book Glossary or your own research where required. Seek and you shall find!

My books are primarily geared to middle grade readers. They’re loaded with well-researched science facts and are appropriate for classroom study and/ or  supplemental or independent reading assignments with tie-ins for science, literacy and social studies. The secret of their success is their ability  and purpose in allowing the reader to have fun while learning—experiencing the world through the eyes of the characters—journeying with a friend, in a sense. Content area reading is what it’s all about.

Please visit my website ElaineDonadio.com  for more study guides for this book. You can use the book for some of your answers, but you will have to do outside research also.

Questions or comments? Please email me at author@elainedonadio.com. I’d love to hear from you.

Happy reading!

All rights reserved April, 2018.

 

What’s It All About? The Ocean’s Way Poetry Companion by Elaine Donadio

What’s It All About? The Ocean’s Way Poetry Companion by Elaine Donadio

You can preview and purchase The Ocean’s Way Poetry Companion at Amazon or Barnes & Noble websites for a digital or paperback copy, or you can visit Smashwords.com for a digital copy.

Enjoy a day at the beach as we walk through sand, jump the waves, hear sea birds calling to each other as sea creatures seek food and shelter in a wondrous, hidden ocean biome.

This book can stand alone or act as a companion to “The Ocean’s Way” which tells the story of eleven year old Holly’s learning experience with marine life in Florida. A sample chapter appears after the Glossary.

This book contains 37 unrhymed poems (diamante, tanka, anagram) about the ocean and ocean life. Each poem is accompanied by a beautiful color photograph for visual impact. In common terms the topics include coral reefs, sand, sea shells, tides, tsunami, waves dolphins, orcas, manatees, pilot whales, polar bears, sea lions, seals, sea otters, walruses, whales, albatross, gulls, penguins, sea anemones, sea turtles, horseshoe crabs, rays, sea horses, sharks, starfish, crabs, crayfish, hermit crabs, lobsters, clams, squid, mussels, octopus, and snails.

The Glossary contains definitions, parts of speech, and a pronunciation guide.

Experience the adventure.

My books are primarily geared to middle grade readers. They’re loaded with well-researched science facts and are appropriate for classroom study and/ or  supplemental or independent reading assignments with tie-ins for science, literacy and social studies. The secret of their success is their ability  and purpose in allowing the reader to have fun while learning—experiencing the world through the eyes of the characters—journeying with a friend, in a sense. Content area reading is what it’s all about.

Please visit my website ElaineDonadio.com  for study guides for this book. You can use the book for some of your answers, but you will have to do outside research also.

Questions or comments? Please email me at author@elainedonadio.com. I’d love to hear from you.

Happy reading!

All rights reserved April, 2018.

Sample Study Guide: Who Do Voodoo? by Elaine Donadio

Sample Study Guide

Series: The Montgomery School Kids

Book 3—Who Do Voodoo?

Study Guide 5—Chapters 26-31.

You can preview and purchase Who Do Voodoo? at Amazon or Barnes & Noble websites for a digital or paperback copy, or you can visit Smashwords.com for a digital copy.

Phil pulls his best friend Nestor into a real mess. His desire to play the role of hero endangers all involved. It’s touch and go for a while, with the future looking bleak. The force for good arrives just in time to save the group from a questionable fate. Phil avows that he has learned his lesson, but has he really?

 

These questions are based on Chapters 26-31.

1. Propose an alternative ending. Go as far back in the story as necessary to prepare a reader for the new ending. Use dialogue and narrative.

2. Elements of Mystery

Characters     – the detective, the culprit, and minor
characters who provide clues
Suspects         – the characters who are possibly  guilty
Setting             – a place that lends itself to a feeling of
uneasiness and concern
Problem         – a crime or puzzle is presented
Plot                   – the clear beginning, middle, and end of the story; clues and false clues (distractions) are presented
Distractions  – lead the detective away from the truth; also called red herrings
Suspense        – events that make the reader worry about the main character(s)
Solution          – all necessary clues must be included in the story so the detective   and the reader can participate in a satisfactory unriddling

 

Analyze and apply the elements of mystery with details found in the book. See how the story follows the genre requirements. Be sure to re-write the list of elements and assign specific events from the story next to the element that it exemplifies.

3. Now, create your own mystery story. First, make a story outline by using the elements of mystery as listed in Question 2 and fill in your own ideas. Write at least 500 words. Be sure to use dialogue and narrative.

4. You can imagine Phil’s parents’ reactions to hearing the story of their son’s imprisonment at the hands of such unscrupulous people. Create a dialogue between Phil and his mother after Phil returns to New York City.

Phil:
Ms. Williams:
Phil:
Ms. Williams:
Phil:
Ms. Williams

Now keep the conversation going.

 

5. Let’s take a good look at the story. Which characters are essential to the plot? Why? Think of two characters whose presence does not change the story in any way. What roles do these characters play in the story?

Take a look at Phil’s poem about New Orleans found in the last pages of Chapter 31. Use another modality to express Phil’s perceptions of this beloved city. Compose a song, draw a picture, design an outfit, construct a model or write a play to capture Phil’s memories  of his experience.

True or false? If Phil were to be in the same set of circumstances in the future, he would act exactly the same as he does in the story. Support your answer.

 

Spoiler alert: I will not be providing the answers for the questions. If you’re a serious adventurer, then you will discover the world on your own. Support all your answers with facts found in the book and your own research where required. Seek and you shall find!

My books are primarily geared to middle grade readers. They’re loaded with well-researched science facts and are appropriate for classroom study and/ or  supplemental or independent reading assignments with tie-ins for science, literacy and social studies. The secret of their success is their ability  and purpose in allowing the reader to have fun while learning—experiencing the world through the eyes of the characters—journeying with a friend, in a sense. Content area reading is what it’s all about.

Please visit my website ElaineDonadio.com  for more study guides for this book. You can use the book for some of your answers, but you will have to do outside research also.

You can email Elaine Donadio at author@elainedonadio.com

 

All rights reserved April, 2018.

 

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