Second-graders Use Their Noodles

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In conjunction with their book study of “Strega Nona” by Tomie dePaola, students in Laura Murphy’s second-grade class at Washington Drive Primary School participated in a pasta party where they learned about and tasted different types of pasta on Nov. 19.

In the children’s story “Strega Nona,” the main character Strega Nona’s helper, Big Anthony, casts a spell on her magic pasta pot, causing the pot to create an overwhelming amount of pasta that floods the town. As his punishment, Strega Nona commands Big Anthony to eat all the pasta he conjured.

During the pasta party, students discussed and learned about various types of pastas. Parent Danielle Legnese showed the students how to make homemade pasta using dough and a Kitchen Aid with different roller attachments. With Legnese’s assistance, students tried their hand at feeding the dough through the pasta roller. Following the demonstration, class parents distributed plates of different types of cooked pastas including macaroni and cheese, spaghetti, bowtie pasta and rotelle pasta for the students to try.