Super Sea Jellies!

Jolie Lefkowitz


Imagine you are a colorful jellyfish, propelling yourself towards your prey. The vast amount of ocean life around you makes for a spectacular dinner menu. You find and catch your prey, sting it, stun it, then eat it. You quickly devour your meal and float away. For sure, the movement, appearance, and life cycle of a jellyfish are very interesting!


I will never forget the time I went to the beach and there were hardly any people by the water because there were so many enormous jellyfish by the shore. Surely, their astonishing life cycle, simple movement, and vibrant colors make the jellyfish an amazing sea creature!

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Word Wall

Jellyfish Quizzle

What do you know about jellyfish?

Chefs Corner



Preheat the oven to 180 degrees F.

Place a sheet of parchment paper on a sheet pan. Draw a 9-inch circle on the paper, using a 9-inch plate as a guide, then turn the paper over so the circle is on the reverse side. (This way you won't get a pencil mark on the meringue.)

Place the egg whites and salt in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a whisk attachment. Beat the egg whites on high speed until firm, about 1 minute. With the mixer still on high, slowly add the sugar and beat until it makes firm, shiny peaks, about 2 minutes.

Remove the bowl from the mixer, sift the cornstarch onto the beaten egg whites, add the vinegar and vanilla, and fold in lightly with a rubber spatula. Pile the meringue into the middle of the circle on the parchment paper and smooth it within the circle, making a rough disk. Bake for 1 1/2 hours. Turn off the oven, keep the door closed, and allow the meringue to cool completely in the oven, about 1 hour. It will be crisp on the outside and soft on the inside.

Invert the meringue disk onto a plate and spread the top completely with sweetened whipped cream. Combine the strawberries, blueberries and raspberries in a bowl and toss with about 1/2 cup of raspberry sauce, or enough to coat the berries lightly. Spoon the berries carefully into the middle of the Pavlova, leaving a border of cream and meringue. Serve immediately in large scoops with extra raspberry sauce.

Sweetened Whipped Cream:

Whip the cream in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a whisk attachment (you can also use a hand mixer). When it starts to thicken, add the sugar and vanilla and continue to beat until firm. Don't overbeat!

Yield: 1 cup


4 extra-large egg whites, at room temperature

Pinch kosher salt

1 cup sugar

2 teaspoons cornstarch

1 teaspoon white wine vinegar

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Sweetened Whipped Cream, recipe follows

1/2 pint fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced

1/2 pint fresh blueberries

1/2 pint fresh raspberries

Triple Raspberry Sauce, recipe follows

1 cup cold heavy cream

1 tablespoon sugar

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 half-pint fresh raspberries

1/2 cup sugar

1 cup seedless raspberry jam (12-ounce jar)

1 tablespoon framboise liqueur

About Pavlova:

It has a base made of meringue crust, and it looks a little like a pie. It is topped with fresh fruits like kiwi and strawberries. Nobody knows who created the Pavlova, but Anna Pavlova was the best ballerina of her time. It was said, “She does not dance, she soars as though on wings.” that gave people the idea that the Pavlova was light and airy. There is a conflict between Australia and New Zealand about where this dessert was created. Some have said it was made in New Zealand, though it is a popular Australian dish. Both New Zealand and Australia claim it to be their national food.


Food Network (recipe)

What’s Cooking America (history)
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Under the Sea Diorama

The organisms are numbered 1 through 10 with a piece of tape.

#1 is the jellyfish.

#2 is coral.

#3 is a sea turtle

#4 is a fish

#5 is seaweed

#6 is a sea star

#7 is a clam

and #8 is a shark.

Go Fish!

I chose to get 2 Australian Rainbowfish, 1 Silver Hatchetfish, and 1 Blue Tang for my fish tank. They cost $44.17. In my 20 gallon tank, there will be 15 decorations (some of which I got 2 of). All my decorations will cost $166.26 and I will have $83.74 left to spend. Altogether, the fish are 20 inches, and they need 1 gallon of water per inch. The total cost of my aquarium (including the tank, filter, filter cartridges, gravel, thermometer, food, and decorations) is $239.42 and the budget is $250. I hope I can get my aquarium!
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