Thursday, March 5, 2009

A Wrinkle in Time Unit Study: Chapters 11 & 12

I am having trouble figuring out somewhere I can group these to make it easier to access all the chapters. If you have any ideas, please let me know. Thank you! In the meantime: Chapters 1, 2, 3 &4, 5 & 6, 7 & 8, 9 & 10

Chapter 11

Vocabulary:

emanate
agonizing
reverberated
trepidation
relinquish
distinctly
perplexity
tentacles
artificial
spasm
temporal
alternative
fallibility
counteracted
gorge
frigid
distraught


Science/ History/Math/Language Arts/Art

planets: The planets are mentioned many times throughout this book. You could take the time to read a book about the planets in our own solar system. Make a mobil or diorama.

tentacles: Many children will have a vague idea of what tentacles are. You can read about various sea animals that have tentacles. If you read about octopi inking, you could do a resist painting. I did this in 1st grade and still remember it. This is an extremely easy project. Take thick white paper. Have your child draw an underwater scene. Make sure they do not color in the water. Have them include an octopus in the drawing. Note: the drawing MUST be done with crayons! After they finish the drawing, have them use black water color paint to cover the octopus and the surrounding area. The crayons will "resist" the paint, allowing you to see the octopus "inking" its surroundings.

tadpole: Aunt Beast calls Meg a tadpole. This is a term of endearment to mean "young one." Study the life cycle of frogs. Listen to "Pollywog in a Bog" by Bare Naked Ladies.

Reverberated: This is an excellent jumping off point to study sound. For younger kids, the Magic School Bus has an excellent episode called "The Magic School Bus in the Haunted House" that explores sound.


Chapter 12

Vocabulary:
appallingly
vestige
formidably
miasma
ministrations
animated
dwindled
contagious
devouring
tremendous
simultaneously
extinguished
catapulted
reiterating
tangible
nauseating

Language Arts:
Sonnets: This is an excellent time to study sonnets. Study iambic pentameter and try your hand at writing sonnets.

There is a great quote in this chapter. I'm planning to use it

for my own children.

"We want nothing from you that you do without grace, "Mrs. Whatsit said, "or that you do without understanding."

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