History of Pasta Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Use this lesson plan to help you teach your students about the history of pasta. Students will read a text lesson that explains what pasta is and compares its ancient to its more modern variations before they have the opportunity to make some of their own.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • give a definition for the word 'pasta'
  • explain the origins of pasta
  • describe the evolution of pasta


1 - 1.5 hours


  • Copies of the lesson History of Pasta: Timeline & Facts, one for each student
  • Pasta noodles
  • Bowls
  • Spoons
  • Flour
  • Eggs
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Zipper baggies
  • Rolling pins
  • Plastic or butter knives

Key Vocabulary

  • Pasta
  • Marco Polo
  • Thomas Jefferson

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.1

Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.2

Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.3

Identify key steps in a text's description of a process related to history/social studies (e.g., how a bill becomes law, how interest rates are raised or lowered).

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.

Warm-Up and Preparation

  • Prepare for the lesson activity by making the dough that you'll use later to make pasta. Have students wash their hands and clean and sanitize their work areas.
  • Divide students into groups of three or four and give each:
    • Two cups of flour
    • One-half teaspoon of salt
    • Three eggs
    • One teaspoon of olive oil
  • Have students mix the flour and salt in a bowl, then add the eggs and olive oil and mix until combined.
  • Next students should knead the dough until it forms a smooth ball, the wrap in plastic wrap and set aside for later.
  • Have students clean their areas as you title the board 'Pasta.'

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