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. Dinomite absolutely LOVED it. Bulldozer appeared to be in his own world most of the time, as I was reading, but as it turns out, he was paying attention, and thoroughly liked the book as well. Princess enjoyed some parts of the book, but definitely struggled with some of the scarier sections. Still, over all she enjoyed the novel.
Once we were finished with the book, I couldn't resist designing a unit study to go with it. There was just one little hiccup. My computer died, and I couldn't make printables. I'm very pleased to say that after A LOT of work, and a complete revamp of our computer, I'm back up and running, but for this unit, I had to make due with what I had on hand. I had several other activity plans in mind to include in this unit, but without the ability to create printables, it just wasn't possible. Though I was disappointed about this, my kiddos didn't notice it at all. It turns out this unit is one of their very favorites. They begged to do learning time activities every day this week. I do see future Harry Potter books and units in our future. Hopefully the computer won't crash next time, and I can include the fun printables I had wanted to. Moving on to what we did this week...
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Magic Mirror Spelling
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.
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 Oreos
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 & Toothpicks
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. Liquids included Raspberry Wine Vinegar, Apple Cider Vinegar, Sesame Seed Oil, Molasses, Water, and Canola Oil. White powder ingredients included Baking Soda, Baking Powder, Sugar, Flour, & Salt.
The activity was definitely worth the smell!
Making Magic Wands
Source: I discovered this activity on the Kids Activity Blog
Practice with Keys & Locks
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Sensory Bin
Tonight, as part of our Halloween celebration, the kiddos will be having a witches and wizards feast by candlelight, just like at Hogwarts, with hats and all. Afterward, they'll watch the first Harry Potter movie for the first time, most likely skipping over the scariest parts. ;) They couldn't be more excited.
We did have other activities on our shelves this week, but I'll be saving those for another post, as they were not related to our unit theme.
Next week we'll be continuing with our Witches and Wizards Unit with Wizard of Oz themed activities. We're almost finished reading the book. I'm amazed at how different it is from the movie. It should be quite interesting to put it all together into activities.