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pasta month

Not only is it National Pasta Month, it is also World Pasta Day (October 25)! Are you celebrating?  Each year on World Pasta Day, events are held to help spread the world about pasta and it’s nutritional value. The National Pasta Association and pasta manufacturers sponsor these events and activities.

From Pasta Fits:

Pasta has always been one of America’s favorite foods, offering limitless options for recipes, flavors and comfort.  Even better, pasta is one of the most effective delivery systems for other healthy foods, such as fresh vegetables, lean meats, fish, poultry and beans, which one needs in a well-balanced diet.  And Americans are getting it right!  Pasta Fits, a nutrition and culinary education and resource initiative sponsored by the National Pasta Association, reports that its most shared pasta recipes are those containing fish and poultry.  Fish and poultry recipes are five times more popular than any other type of recipe Pasta Fits offers.

“Pasta is a perfect foundation for healthy, nutritious and satisfying meals, as it can be easily paired with nutrient-dense food partners, such as fiber-filled vegetables and beans, heart healthy fish and monounsaturated oils, antioxidant-rich tomato sauce and protein-packed cheese, poultry and lean meats,” says registered dietitian Diane Welland.  “Fall is a wonderful time to take advantage of the seasonal ingredients and try new colors and flavors.”

Math Tests

After a bit of delay, the geometry tests are on their way back to you. Scores have been posted to ProgressBook, but they are not carved in stone. In fact, you can redo almost anything you missed and earn back 0.5 points for each corrected answer. Just get them back in ASAP. Before I forget, congratulations to the smartypants who didn’t miss a single question – very impressive!

Science – Antarctica

You recently learned that fossils can be compared to one another and to present-day organisms according to their similarities and differences.

This week you’ll be reading an article about fossils found on the continent of Antarctica from Science News for Kids. Acording to this article, scientists have discovered some amazing fossils on the continent – including a penguin that was as tall as a basketball player!

Read now: The oldest place on Earth

Want to know more about those giant penguins? Visit the Fossil Penguin Blog

Love present-day penguins… and robots? Have fun watching this.

Lewis & Clark & Your Money


Did you realize the nickels in your pocket may have a connection to our current reading selection? In commemoration of the bicentennials of the Louisiana Purchase and the Lewis and Clark expedition, the Jefferson 5-cent coin (a.k.a. the nickel) to reflect images of the historic expedition into the Louisiana Territory. The United States Mint began the Westward Journey Nickel Series in 2004 with the release of the “Peace Medal” and “Keelboat” nickels. In 2005, the “President Jefferson with Handwritten Liberty” image appeared on the obverse with two new designs on the reverse: “American Bison” and “Ocean in view! O! The joy!” In 2006 the obverse features the “Jefferson, 1800″ image and the reverse features “Return to Monticello”.

Any of you have a complete set? Comment to tell us about it.

Remembering Unit 1

A few pictures to help you remember all the fun we had in Unit 1.

Independent Projects Gallery

Just in time for the weekend, a gallery of fantastic Social Studies Independent Projects!

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