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Study Guide 3: The Science Project by Elaine Donadio

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 you can visit Smashwords.com for a digital copy.

Nestor has devoted himself to the care and training of Hector. Things get a little out of hand, but Nestor is able to recover before it’s too late. Nestor gets in deeper with his bad attitude toward Kwan Min and Jasmine. He starts to question himself.

 

Te following questions are based on Chapters 11-15.

1. Describe Nestor’s relationship with his mother, Ms. Costa, Holly and Jasmine. In your opinion, why is Nestor’s relationship with Jasmine so different from that of the other females in the story?

2. We now know Nestor’s strong feelings of insecurity. Analyze how the males in his life—his father, cousins, and Kwan Min add to these feelings of inadequacy. Think about how Phil’s relationship is the exception to this pattern. What changes to make Nestor question Phil’s loyalty? Give specific examples.

3. Pretend you are Nestor. Create a science log entry for one day showing the care and feeding of Hector.

4. Kwan Min and Jasmine have a plan of their own. Make a prediction about what it might be. Look at the book cover for clues.

5. With his eyes cast down, Nestor stares at in the science table, and for the first time notices the scratches in its surface. How does this serve as a metaphor for Nestor’s life?

 

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. Seek and you shall find!

You can email Elaine Donadio at author@elainedonadio.com.

Next: The Science Project Study Guide 4. See you on June 24, 2017!

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Study Guide 2: The Science Project by Elaine Donadio

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 you can visit Smashwords.com for a digital copy.

We begin to get a better understanding of Nestor who, like most people, has his good points and his bad points. Nestor does some deep thinking about himself and his life.

 

These questions are based on Chapters 6-10:

1. By now we’ve learned some of Nestor’s insecurities and concerns. What advice can you give Nestor to help him feel better about himself?

2. Pretend you are Nestor. Write an email to Nestor’s father explaining how his absence is affecting the family. Be specific.

3. At this point in the story we have a better understanding of the reasons for Nestor’s resentment of Kwan Min. Tell about a time when one of your classmates treated you unfairly. How did the other kids react to this? What steps did your teacher take to make this bad behavior stop? Is Ms. Costa doing enough?

4. Think about a classmate who bothered the other kids in the class. Who were his/ her victims? Why do you think these kids were chosen as targets? How was this problem solved? What would you have done if you were in charge?

5. What do we learn about Nestor from his care and training of Hector?

 

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. Seek and you shall find!

You can email Elaine Donadio at author@elainedonadio.com.

Next: The Science Project Study Guide 3. See you on June 17, 2017!

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Study Guide 1—The Science Project by Elaine Donadio

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 Smashwords.com 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 author@elainedonadio.com.

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

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Study Guide Schedule For Middle Grade Books by Elaine Donadio

Hi Readers,

I’m back! I’ve been on hiatus for the past year—busy promoting my books with encouraging success. If you remember, 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.

I’ve decided to provide a study guide for each of my five books: 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. Please check my website (ElaineDonadio.com) for plot summaries, or go directly to Amazon or Barnes & Noble websites to preview and purchase the books in digital or paperback format. If you have a NOOK, you can preview and purchase an ebook at Smashwords.com or Barnes & Noble.

Purchase your books one at a time in accordance with our schedule, or all at the same time if you prefer. Happy reading! Read often. Read well.

The schedule is as follows:

The Science Project                                          June 3, 10,17, 24

The Ocean’s Way                                               June 30, July 8, 15, 22, 29

Who Do Voodoo?                                              August 5, 9, 11, 19, 26

The Ocean’s Way Poetry Companion        September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Sojourn Into The Night—                               October 7, 14, 21, 28                                     A Memoir of the Peruvian Rainforest

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.

Our first book: The Science Project. See you on June 3, 2017!

You can email Elaine Donadio at author@elainedonadio.com.

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Study Guide Schedule For My Middle Grade Books

Hi Readers,

I’m back! I’ve been on hiatus for the past year—busy promoting my books with encouraging success. If you remember, 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.

I’ve decided to provide a study guide for each of my five books: 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. Please check my website (ElaineDonadio.com) for plot summaries, or go directly to Amazon or Barnes & Noble websites to preview and purchase the books in digital or paperback format. If you have a NOOK, you can preview and purchase an ebook at Smashwords.com or Barnes & Noble.

Purchase your books one at a time in accordance with our schedule, or all at the same time if you prefer. Happy reading! Read often. Read well.

The schedule is as follows:

The Science Project                                          June 3, 10,17, 24

The Ocean’s Way                                               June 30, July 8, 15, 22, 29

Who Do Voodoo?                                              August 5, 9, 11, 19, 26

The Ocean’s Way Poetry Companion        September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Sojourn Into The Night—                               October 7, 14, 21, 28                                     A Memoir of the Peruvian Rainforest

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.

Our first book: The Science Project. See you on June 3, 2017!

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Me—Smiling At My Book Display At Book Revue, Huntington Village, NY!

What a wonderful day! I got to see my paperbacks on display at Book Revue, Huntington Village, NY. If you haven’t been there yet, check it out. Great selection of books, quiet reading areas, book signings by the rich, famous, notorious and influential. It’s one of the largest independent book stores in the country. It’s the place to be.

 

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Free Ebooks Until August 15 in Exchange For Reviews

Hi Everyone,

I’ve been on hiatus since I’ve been busy getting my ebooks into print. They’re now available in paperback at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Sales 2016-02-17 14.05.25have been active, so I’d like to do a promotion on my ebooks which will be available very soon until Monday, August 15 at Smashwords.com. Absolutely free! There is one request on my part. Please do a review of my books. I would deeply appreciate it.

For those of you who may not be familiar with my work, the books are mostly for middle grade readers ages 8-12. Sojourn Into The Night-A Memoir of the Peruvian Rainforest is best suited for ages 12-adult.

Please go to Smashwords.com and enter the coupon code next to each title. You can read book summaries there and choose your favorites. Happy reading!

Series: The Montgomery School Kids                                                                                                                                                                                                         The Science Project     Book One           ML29P                                                                                                                                                                                  The Ocean’s Way          Book Two           BD85R                                                                                                                                                                                  Who Do Voodoo?        Book Three         PF36P

 The Ocean’s Way Poetry Companion   NH83P  

Sojourn Into The Night-A Memoir of the Peruvian Rainforest     BC53F

Thanks for your interest.

Elaine

 

 

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It Was Good To Be Lady Almina of Highclere Castle: Good-bye Downton Abbey

Downton_Abbey_season_1“Downton Abbey,” I bid you adieu. 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.

This is my last blog post. Elaine Donadio Writes is on indefinite hiatus.

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Kids: Let The Pros Sweat The Small Stuff

PrintWith so many parents working long hours, it’s understandable that you want the quality time you spend with your children to be free of stress. One way to accomplish this is simply to have fun with your kids, while leaving “the  rules” for someone else to teach. Manners? Bathroom etiquette? Bike riding? Tying shoelaces? No problem. Let the pros handle it.

In today’s self-starter business society, people have come up with a business for every need. In fact, there are even businesses for things you never even knew you needed. Like the above mentioned areas, for example.

Let’s take a look Leslie Goldman’s p.11 article in the March, 2016 issue of Parents which is a wealth of information for making parenting easier.

Need Help With Manners? – Manners To Go, $150-$375 for a 90 minute private lesson in Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania at mannerstogo.com

Need Help With Toilet Training? – Potty Generation, Webinars, $27 to $57, Discover Package, $450; pottytrainingservces.com

Need Help With Riding a Two Wheeler? – REI’s two-hour “How To Ride A Bike” class teaches  kids as young as four, how to balance, steer and brake. Bring your own bike. $45 to $65. rei.com.

Need Help Tying Shoe Laces? – Nordstrom department store offers a free shoelace-tying workshop at their stores. Kids even get a certificate. nordstrom.com.

Who knew? There may even be many more helpful businesses out there. If you’re aware of any, please share. Let me know how you do. I’d love to hear from you.

Next week’s blog post – It Was Good To Be Lady Almina of Highclere Castle: Good-bye Downton Abbey

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Color Yourself Calm – Yep, With Crayons!

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If you haven’t colored anything other than your hair or the scratches on your wood furniture recently, it’s time to get with the times. Relaxation by coloring – the newest stress reliever for adults – is sweeping the country. No need to pay a therapist to listen to what’s on your mind. Less trouble than golf. Less exhausting than tennis. Less strenuous than weights, presses and punching bags at the gym. Less mobility than walking. Less solitary than meditation. All you need is a coloring book of your choice and a stash of crayons. Colored pencils, markers, watercolor paints are optional. Yes, I’m serious. Read on.

According to the article by Avery Mack, “Color Me Calm,” in the March, 2016 issue of Natural Awakenings, March was color therapy month. Sorry, you missed the celebration because of me. I was busy writing about saving our kids and our planet from our polluted environment, and totally dropped the ball on this topic. But, it’s not too late. This is a lifetime activity you can start at any time despite the weather or a lack of appropriated funds. Keep reading for a summary of research, findings, and helpful websites from the Natural Awakenings article.

According to Nikki Martinez, PhD in Chicago, “30 minutes of coloring can constitute a focused meditation that relieves stress. It uses both sides of the brain and improves organizational and fine motor skills.”

Avery Mack tells us, “Publishers Weekly reported combined 2015 sales at 1.75 million copies of the 10 best-selling adult coloring books through November of that year.”

“Barnes and Noble, craft stores, community centers and home parties all encourage the coloring activity.”

‘Dieter Marlovics tells us, “… at the request of my daughter who wanted to color her life rather than generic drawings, I established ReallyColor.com which converts photos into coloring book pages to make individually tailored pages.’ ”

More eco-friendly tips from Avery Mack: “… sprout pencils, made of sustainable wood and fruit-and-vegetable dyed clay instead of lead, are topped by non-GMO seeds that can be planted when the pencil becomes short. Inktense’s water-soluble brightly colored pencils mimic pen and ink. Add water for translucency. Also, select recyclable paper books, soy crayons, watercolor paints and non-toxic markers.”

Maybe you’ll consider sitting down with the kids, or just doing this by yourself. Let me know how you do. I’d love to hear from you.

Next week’s blog post –  Kids: Let The Pros Sweat The Small Stuff

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