Unit Study: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

February 11, 2014

Does your child enjoy the Harry Potter series? Have you ever wished there was a way to make this passion more educational? I know my children adore the world of Harry Potter. It started about 8 years ago when my oldest was around 7 and she read the first book. She has since read the whole series dozens of times and has passed her enthusiasm to her siblings.

The Harry Potter series is an epic adventure that appeals to people of all ages –  J.K. Rowling has created a world within our own full of magic and mystery, heroes, villains and quests to save the world. What child wouldn’t  daydream about getting an owl inviting them to study at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, shopping for your very own magical wand in Diagon Alley, and winning the House Cup.

10843_1278443077042_3239078_aI took my children’s passion for these stories and created what I hope will be a series of unit studies covering all of the Harry Potter books. This unit covers the first book in the series, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Book 1). While reading the book, your child will write their own Wizarding newspaper, make a wand, create a spell glossary (while also learning a bit about latin and word roots), begin a field 58838_4426125767142_329765418_nguide of Magical Devices, and study a Hogwarts course – this unit covers Herbology – a study of Plants and Herbs with just a touch of magic. You will use two books – Eyewitness Plant (DK Eyewitness Books) and A Kid’s Herb Book: For Children of All Ages as well as complete a variety of projects, from dissecting a flower to studying the lifecycle of a plant to creating a field guide of herbs.

This unit study takes approximately 3 weeks to complete, and is appropriate for upper-elementary through middle school. The unit is 37 pages and contains more than 10 activity pages, as well as a complete literature study, including vocabulary, copywork and dictation passages, and discussion questions.

Below you can see some samples of a few of the activity pages:

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Harry Potter Unit Study Frequently Asked Questions:
Do we have to start with the Sorcerer’s Stone unit study, or can we jump in at any of the books?

Yes and no. While these unit studies are semi-standalone if they had to be, they are designed to be completed in the order that the book series ran. Like the storyline in the books, the unit studies continue to build off of each other as they progress. You will start several activities such as keeping a glossary of magical terms and spells or creating a field guide of magical devices, to name a few. These will be used through the unit study series and new activities and additional entries will be completed in subsequent lesson plan.

If we already read the book, do we have to read it again to complete the unit study?

The unit study is designed to enhance the reading (or re-reading) of the book. While you are going through the chapters, vocabulary words are pulled out and activities are performed that correlate with what you are reading. This is the perfect unit to complete on your first reading of the book, as well as a perfect companion for reading the book again and diving deeper into the lore and story.

Are you planning on writing unit studies for all of the Harry Potter books?

Yes, absolutely! But currently, we have the following Harry Potter unit studies completed:

HP1 – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Unit Study
HP2 – Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Unit Study
HP3 – Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Unit Study
HP4 – Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Unit Study
HP5 – Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Unit Study
HP6 – Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Unit Study

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