A Wrinkle in Time Activities

A Wrinkle in Time Book Activities

From anchor charts paired with constructed response questions to compare the novel to the movie, this post provides many A Wrinkle in Time activities to add to your novel study.

From the first line of the book . . . “It was a dark and stormy night,” until the last line. . . “But they never learned what it was that Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which had to do, for there was a gust of wind, and they were gone,” A Wrinkle in Time is an exciting story.

In this book, three children, Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin, go on a rescue mission to save Meg and Charles Wallace’s father from the Darkness that has trapped him. Mrs. Who, Mrs. Whatsit, and Mrs. Which provide gentle advice to Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin through thoughtful quotes:

  • Life, with its rules, its obligations, and its freedoms, is like a sonnet: You’re given the form, but you have to write the sonnet yourself. – Mrs. Whatsit

  • It was really a very great honor for me to be chosen for this mission. It’s just because of my verbalizing and materializing so well, you know. But of course, we can’t take any credit for our talents. – Mrs. Whatsit

  • I do not know everything; still many things I understand. – Mrs. Who

A Wrinkle in Time Activities

Book Unit Samples

Free Samples from A Wrinkle in Time Book Unit

This sample contains…

  • Vocabulary Practice for Chapter 1 
  • Character Traits Constructed Response Question
  • Problem and Solutions Constructed Response Question
  • Setting Constructed Response Question

 

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Teaching Idea #1 ~ Problems and Solutions Anchor Chart

A Wrinkle in Time Anchor Chart Paired with Writing Activity

This anchor chart helps students map the problems and solutions in Chapter 4. By using sticky notes, the anchor chart may be reused again and again.

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Ways to Use the Graphic OrganizerFree Printable A Wrinkle in Time Constructed Response Graphic Organizer

Option 1

Have students use the graphic organizer for notes. Notice the notes in the photo above are not in complete sentences. Glue the organizer to the left side of the notebook page. On the right side of the notebook, students use the notes to write the details in paragraph form.

Option 2

Students complete the organizer by writing complete sentences.

Teaching Idea #2 ~ A Wrinkle in Time Printable Setting Anchor Chart 

Free Printable Setting Anchor Chart

This anchor chart can be printed poster-sized for a class activity or on a standard piece of printer paper for an individual activity. Click here to read a blog post that provides additional information about this anchor chart.

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Teaching Idea #3 ~ A Wrinkle in Time Activities
Comparing the Book to the Movie

 

What a fantastic movie!

#1 – Have students watch portions of the movie in small segments throughout the unit. This will help students better understand this unusual story.

#2 – Have students compare the book to the movie.

The Book vs. The Movie

Here are some similarities:

  • Meg is an insecure teenager.
  • Dr. Alex Murry is missing.
  • Meg goes on a venture to rescue her dad with her younger brother, Charles Wallace, and friend Calvin.
  • The three must battle an evil force to rescue Dr. Murry.

Here are a few obvious differences:

  • The setting of the book is the modern-day USA. The setting of the book is 1960s England.
  • The twins are not included in the movie.
  • Dr. Murry’s disappearance makes headlines in the movie.
  • Charles Wallace is extremely gifted in the book. In the movie, he is portrayed differently. 
  • The 3 witches must search to find Dr. Murry in the movie. In the book, the 3 witches know Dr. Murry is on the dark planet Camazotz.
  • The movie changes the centaur ride into a giant leaf ride.
  • The Happy Medium is Mrs. Whatsit’s boyfriend.
  • In the book, Meg travels to Ixchel and meets Aunt Beast. (The movie shows a brief shot of Aunt Beast, but the meeting doesn’t take place.)
A Wrinkle in Time Teaching Ideas and Free Novel Study Samples
A Wrinkle in Time Teaching Ideas and Free Novel Study Samples

 

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