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Teaching Harry Potter

 

Lessons, Activities and Other Resources for Bringing Harry Potter into Your Classroom

Now that the new Harry Potter movie is playing in local theaters, here are lessons, activities, and resources to add to the fun.

Lesson Plans

  1. Creating Mental Models for Harry Potter
    Viewing specific scenes on a DVD, students in grades 3-5 choose adjectives to describe what they see and how they may or may not relate to Harry Potter if the action in The Sorcerer’s Stone were possible in real life. This is one of ten lessons in a Harry Potter unit.
     
  2. Making Magic
    Students in grades 6-8 use elements of J.K. Rowling’s ‘Harry Potter’ series and concepts from pop culture mythology, urban legend, and archetypes to make their own short films.
     
  3. Exploring the Book: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone ( PDF, 297 KB, 3 pp)
    Questions and cross-curricular activities for the first six chapters.
     
  4. Exploring the Book: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets ( PDF, 259 KB, 3 pp)
    Questions and cross-curricular activities for the first seven chapters.
     
  5. Exploring the Book: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban ( PDF, 242 KB, 3 pp)
    Questions and cross-curricular activities for the first seven chapters.
     
  6. Boggart and Fear in Harry Potter
    In two lessons, students in grades 7-10 consider the boggart in Harry Potter, its connection to character development, similarities between the text and their own lives, and write short essays.
     
  7. Genetic Traits in Harry Potter
    In two lessons, students in grades 7-11 examine inheritance patterns of magical ability in Harry Potter and identify possible genotypes in several haracters.

Games & Activities

Harry Potter Brings Magic into the Classroom
Seven classroom activities including making HP trading cards, posting leters via Owl post to classmates, and mapping story landscape.

Harry Potter Activity Kit ( PDF, 2.37 MB, 13 pp)
Celebrate Harry’s birthday early with these printable HP birthday party invitations and announcements, puzzles, word finds, and suggestions for more activities.

Online Activities: Desire for Knowledge and Different Perspectives
Investigate potions, monsters, herbology, and magical creatures and consider the mistreatment of magical creatures.

The 24 Hour Museum Trail for Harry Potter Fans
Have fun learning about magic and monsters.

LEGO Harry Potter Currency Collector
Help Harry collect money from his Gringott’s vault to buy supplies for his first year at Hogwarts.

Other Resources

Thematic Units

Allison Moss-Fritch’s Unit Plan for Harry Potter
This 9th grade unit plan for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is designed to run 30 class periods of 55 minutes.

Making Magic with Harry Potter
This unit includes lesson plans, activities, PowerPoint activities, and resources for teachers.

Articles & Reviews

'Harry Potter': Wizard School without the Magic
A cranky review of the movie version of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. It’s always fun to reread reviews left standing on Platform 9 ¾.

The Way We Live Now: 9-16-01: On Language; Muggles
An etymological investigation of the origins of some of the words used in Harry Potter.

Nature, Romanticism, & Harry Potter
An academic look at Harry Potter and its appeal. Best for High School Students.

Harry Potter's World Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine
Educational resources and traveling information about the traveling exhibition which uses materials from the National Library of Medicine to explore the link between Harry Potter and the history of science.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
Movie review including pros and cons for guardians. Discussion questions for families.

Discussion Guides

Harry Potter Websites

Alchemy

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