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Don't Spill the Salt!
By Beth Beutler
1 Maggie watched Melody with a questioning look on her face. Melody had just picked up the cute salt shaker shaped like a baby pig, put some salt in her right hand, and then tossed it over her left shoulder.
2 "What did you do that for?" Maggie asked.
3 "I did it for good luck," Melody answered.
4 Maggie shook her head. "I don't understand you. Why would you toss a pinch of salt over your shoulder?"
5 "Well, I learned in day camp about how important salt is to us. Did you know that the Greeks and Egyptians tossed salt over their shoulder to keep bad luck away? I figured it couldn't hurt for me to do it, too."
6 Maggie rolled her eyes. Her friend was always trying new ways to bring good luck into her life. Sometimes, Melody seemed a little strange, but Maggie liked her anyway. Even though she had a wild imagination, Melody was a kind, intelligent person, and Maggie learned a lot from her.
7 "What else did you learn about salt?" Maggie asked.
8 "I learned that the Romans used to pay their soldiers money to use to purchase salt. It was called salarium, which meant salt money, and our word salary comes from that."
9 "Salt was, and is, very important, though. It is sodium chloride and is a mineral our bodies depend on, in moderation."
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Spanish Reading Comprehension: íNo derrames la sal!
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