Monday, February 9, 2009

A Wrinkle in Time: Chapters 7 & 8

Today, we're doing chapters 7 & 8. If you would like to see all the previous posts, please visit chapters 1, 2, 3 & 4, and 5 & 6. When I have them all up, I'll figure out some way to combine them without making it too long. Thank you for your patience.

Chapter 7:

Vocabulary:
threshold
unsubstantial
nondescript
bravado
arrogance
perspective
radioactive
hypnotize
preliminary
obliquely
synthetic
neurological system
fragments
belligerent

Science, Art, History, Language Arts, Math:
bronze: The CENTRAL Central Intelligence Building is made of a dull bronzelike material.
Here, you can study the Bronze Age, the uses for bronze, and explore bronze artwork.

marble: The entrance hall is made of marble. The benches in the hall are also made of marble. This is an excellent opportunity to explore the differences between bronze and marble. For instance, marble is a completely natural substance, while bronze is an alloy. Bronze is a metal, while marble is a stone. They have some great pictures at the Marble Institute of America that might help children picture what this building might have looked like.

perspective: "Perspective made the long rows of machines seem almost to meet." There are two activities you could do to illustrate perspective. First, everyone needs to be able to draw in perspective, if they want their artwork to be realistic. So, if your children are ready for an art lesson in perspective, this would be the ideal time to do this.

Second, you can do some games dealing with perspective. Hold an object the child is not familiar with far away from him. Ask him how big he thinks it is. If this is a younger child, have him say whether it is bigger or smaller than something, say his head/finger/arm/etc. Then, bring the object closer to him to see how accurate his estimation was. Another way to demonstrate perspective is to go for a walk and try to estimate how close two objects in the distance are, then walk to them and measure them.

"There is definitely something rotten in the state of Camazotz." Most children will not get this reference. This is a play on words from Shakespeare. In Hamlet, Act 1, Scene 4, Marcellus says, "Something is rotten in the state of Denmark." This would be another excellent chance to explore Shakespeare. There are so many quotes from Shakespeare sprinkled through the English language.

Chapter 8:

Vocabulary:

hysterical
panic
pinioned
connotations
grimace
swivet
pendantic
annihilate
primitive
ominous
sulphurous
sadist
sinister
monotonous
organisms
deviate

History, Science, Language Arts, Math:
hypnotism: Here, you can learn about the history of hypnotism. You could also attend a hypnotist's show. You could also try hypnotism out on each other.

sulphurous
atoms

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