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Over the course of the last couple of weeks, the kiddos and I have read through the book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J. K. Rowling. Once we were finished with the book, I couldn't resist designing a unit study to go with it.
The kiddos have absolutely loved our Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Unit. They can't get enough of it. This has seriously been the best Halloween themed unit ever!
Here's what we've been up to!
Magic Mirror Spellingmirror showed kiddos how to read and spell words.
To make the cards for this activity, write a word on a card or piece of paper. Hold it up to a mirror. Note that it's backwards. Using something to write with, copy the backward image on another card. This will be the card you use for the activity. When you hold the backward word card up to the mirror, the word will appear correct.
Once the kiddos could see the word and correct spelling in the mirror, they were asked to write it on the mirror. I chose VERY easy words so that all could read them. After they wrote the word, they could draw a picture also.
Taking the activity a step further, I provided a tray with a rag and glass cleaner, so they could clean the mirror off, preparing the activity for the next person when they finished.
Potion Fractionscauldron, they choose the fraction that best fits their trial and error process.
To prep this activity I poured vinegar into some cauldrons and water in others. Then I added a few drops of food coloring, making it a little more fun. The kiddos scooped baking soda out of a container and added a heaping teaspoon to each cauldron. Those with vinegar exploded with color. Those with water did not.
Phases of the Moon with OreosOreos activity before on a few occasions, but it never hurts to review, especially when applicable. It's mentioned in the book that Harry had to study Astronomy at Hogwarts.
Source: The free printable for this activity can be found at Noon Janan Homeschool.
Planet Nomenclature Cards
Source: The free printable for this activity can be found at The Helpful Garden.
Star Constellations with Marshmallows & Toothpickstoothpicks and mini marshmallows. This activity has always been favorite!
Source: The free printable for this activity can be found HERE. I originally saw the printable at Counting Coconuts.
There were many purposes in designing this activity the way I did. Besides practice with scooping and pouring, it was a review on liquid density. It was also an introduction to solutions and mixtures.
The kiddos were asked to invent their own potions using the materials provided. I purposely made sure that they did not know what any of the ingredients were, so that they would have to discover for themselves which ingredient did what. Little did I know exactly what this combination of ingredients could do. There were sparkling layers that bubbled and fizzed and exploded. It was FABULOUS!
So what did I use? Only what I had in my kitchen.
The activity was definitely worth the smell!
Making Magic Wandspainted them and sprinkled them with glitter.
Source: I discovered this activity on the Kids Activity Blog
Practical Life & Sensorial
Practice with Keys & Locks
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Sensory Bin
Our sensory bin included the items below, all of which we already had at home.
- Black beans
- Red, blue, green, gold, silver, and black mardi gras necklace beads to represent the colors of each house at Hogwarts
- An award cup to represent the house cup
- Owl figure
- Frog figure
- Mice figures
- Jelly beans to represent Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans
- Liquid test tubes for making potions
- Chess pieces
To end our fabulous Harry Potter study we had our annual Witches & Wizards Halloween Party and watched the first Harry Potter movie, skipping over the scary parts. Everyone enjoyed themselves.
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