Monday, January 26, 2009

A Wrinkle in Time Unit Study: Chapters 3 and 4

Well, I was able to do all the research for chapters 3 and 4 before posting either, so you get both at the same time. Yay!
Please refer to Chapter 1 for ideas on things to do with various aspects from these chapters.
Chapter 2 is here. Please remember that various children have different vocabularies. This book is rich in vocabulary. If you read to your children, and have your children read, books that have a rich vocabulary, they will pick up on that vocabulary, and their vocabulary will improve as a result.

Chap 3:

Murry house and yard.

New Character:
Mrs. Which


History, Math, and Science:
megaparsec: 1,000,000 parsecs- parsecs: 3.26 light years
There are so many things you can do with light years. Texas Instruments has an activity page dealing with light years. This is a neat activity that allows students to learn how to use their calculators to do show things in scientific notation. EG 900,000= 9 05 Then, they go on to calculate how far light travels in a second, minute, etc and write the calculations in both scientific and standard notations. They compute a lot of different things. Then, they complete Student Activity pages. Whew! Who knew all these companies provide all this stuff ready for teachers to use?

Mrs. Murry is doing an experiment and a blue liquid is moving from her beaker to a retort. Now, what, exactly is a retort? According to Wikipedia (whose information should always be taken with a grain of salt), "a retort is a glassware device used for distillation or dry distillation of substances." And, all this time, I thought a retort was when you answered a question! This could be fun to use a retort in an experiment at home.

Mrs. Murry also used a Bunsen burner. While most adults will know what this is, many children will not. You may want to enlighten them!

Mrs. Who quotes Dante, "What grievous pain a little fault doth give thee." This would make a great character quote. Children are frequently prone to allowing themselves to be so upset by the little things. Ah, many adults are, too.

Chap 4:
Setting: alien planet

corona (not the beer!)

History, Science, and Math:

"To action little, less to words inclined." Horace- a philosopher and writer in ancient times.

"Nothing is hopeless; we must hope for everything." Euripides- another excellent character quote- another writer from ancient times.

"The more a man knows, the less he talks." French saying
"To stake one's life for the truth.- Vitam impendere vero." This is a hard concept for children to understand, and so worth exploring.

thinning atmosphere: Here, you can talk about the layers present in Earth's Atmosphere. You can talk about cooking in a thinner atmosphere, and you can talk about the extra effort it takes to breathe in a thinner atmosphere (this is what is hit on in the book), and how it effects things like walking, sports, and even just how you're feeling when sitting down.

plateaus: Here, you can learn about land formations. You can do artwork, drawing plateaus. You could also do a craft project, forming plateaus out of salt clay.

corona of clouds: With this, you can start learning about clouds. You can draw pictures of a corona of clouds. You can try to take pictures of coronas. Any other ideas?

As always, if you have any suggestions for me, please leave me a comment!


  1. a wrinkle in time ROCKS... oh and p.s. im a girl :(

  2. i love a wrinkle in time! go royals!
    i love this book!

  3. wrinkle in time is awesome cecilia

  4. I don't get this book and the teacher does not teach it...aggravated parent in south stl

  5. This book is kind of hard to understand especially the quotes.