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Pasta Party


Today's Snack: Boil any kind of pasta that you like, according to package directions. Strain out the water. Toss in the strainer with a little margarine, then sprinkle in a little Parmesan. Put it in a plate or bowl, eat and enjoy!





One thin wooden skewer | ruler with inches and centimeters

Many pieces of dry pasta called "Fiorettini" | scratch paper and pencil



  1. Measure the wooden skewer, or "pole," with the ruler. How many inches is it? Write down the answer on the piece of paper.


  1. On the other side of the ruler, find the centimeters. How many centimeters is the pole?


  1. Inside the bag are many pieces of pasta, called "Fiorettini" - it's pronounced "FI-or-uh-TEEN-y." Count how many pieces there are.


  1. Estimate how many pieces of pasta you can thread onto the pole, from top to bottom, if you run the skewer through the center of each piece of pasta. Write down your estimate.


  1. Hold the pole up, flat end down and pointy-end up, and slide a piece of pasta onto it through the center hole, all the way to the bottom. Now repeat with all the rest of the pasta. Finish threading the pole. Then count the pieces. How many did it hold?


  1. Did you estimate more or less pieces than it really holds? How many more, or how many less, was your guess?


  1. Now take the ruler and measure how many "inches" of pasta you threaded on the skewer.


  1. Now carefully take all the pasta off the skewer. Laying pieces of pasta flat, line up 10 pieces of the pasta next to the ruler, so that their sides are touching but not overlapping. They should lay flat in a straight line on the table or desk. How many inches does that line of flat pasta measure?


By Susan Darst Williams Math 2010




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