A Wrinkle in Time Vocabulary Activities

Instructor: Maria Airth

Maria has a Doctorate of Education and over 20 years of experience teaching psychology and math related courses at the university level.

This asset offers multiple activities to help your students practice vocabulary associated with the novel ''A Wrinkle in Time.'' Very few materials are required and the activities can be adjusted for the skill level of your students.

A Wrinkle in Time Vocabulary Activities

Learning new vocabulary can be very difficult for students, especially when that vocabulary stems from a source written many years ago with words often no longer in common use. A Wrinkle in Time is a wonderful novel that certainly fits the bill of incorporating many words that students don't come in contact with on a daily basis.

It is important to focus on vocabulary in these circumstances because the meaning of the words tells part of the story. Students cannot fully appreciate the story without understanding the vocabulary used to tell the story.

These activities are designed to familiarize your students with the vocabulary used in A Wrinkle in Time.

Find the Most

Materials: one book for each group, complete list of vocabulary words

Start by dividing your class into small groups.

If your students have already read the novel start by asking the groups to write down as many vocabulary words from the book as they can remember. Define vocabulary words as any words that might be new to students.

After writing the list of words, the groups should also define these words.

Choose a group to give you the list they listed. Write these words on the board and confirm the definitions of each. Now ask if any other groups found more words; write those on the board. Continue until all words have been written.

Now, give each group a copy of the novel. This step can be completed by students who have not yet finished the book as well as those that have.

Ask each group to use the book to add to their prepared lists of vocabulary. Remind them that they need to define each word they list.

Repeat the earlier step of writing the words on the board. Ensure that all words on your master list have been written on the board.

Instruct all students to copy the list from the board and write the definitions of each on their own paper.

Memory

Materials: index cards

Divide your class into small groups (pairs or threes). Give each group 20 index cards.

Working together, the groups must write one vocabulary word (possibly from the list created in the first activity) on each of ten cards and their corresponding definitions on the other ten cards.

Next, the students should shuffle the cards and place them in a grid pattern face down.

Now play the Memory game with the goal of matching vocabulary words with their definitions. The first player turns over two cards, if they match, the player takes the cards and has another turn. If the cards do not match, the player must turn the cards back over and the next player has a turn.

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