Free Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Unit Study

Includes almost 50 activity ideas!

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Free Harry Potter Unit Study

Out of all the read-alouds my kids and I have shared, the Harry Potter series has, by far, been one of our absolute favorites. Today, I’m so excited to be sharing with you this:

Free Harry Potter Unit Study

(Quick note: While these activities can be used any way you wish, for your convenience, I’ve included the related chapter for each activity. And for those of you type-A thinkers- like me- I’ve also included the subject areas each activity covers. Please, I beg you, don’t try to do every single thing I’ve suggested. You’ll drive yourself crazy. With that being said, enjoy!) 

Required Resource:

Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone– J.K. Rowling

Activities:

-Using black construction paper and chalk pastels, create a scene of shooting stars. What are shooting stars?  (Ch.1; Art, Science)

-In England, tea time is a regular event. Have some tea and biscuits while reading the chapter together. Better yet, bake some scones to share. (Ch.1; Social Studies, Life Skills)

-Draw a step-by-step progression of Professor McGonagall from cat to human. (Ch.1; Art)

-Harry used to have dreams of flying motorcycles. Write about a dream you’ve had, or make one up. (Ch.2; Language Arts)

-What are the characteristics of reptiles? How are they different from amphibians? How are they the same? Compare and contrast. (Ch.2; Language Arts, Science)

-Can snakes really wink? Why or why not? (Ch.2; Science, Critical Thinking)

-Dudley ruined all of his expensive presents in a very short time. Why do you think he didn’t take care of them? Look up the definition of stewardship. (Ch.3; Character, Life Skills, Language Arts)

-Harry’s letter was addressed to “The Cupboard Under the Stairs.” Are letters really addressed that way? Write a letter to a friend or family member, address it, and send it. Don’t forget a stamp! (Ch.3; Language Arts)

-Draw a comic strip depicting the letters whizzing out of the fireplace, or act it out. (Ch.3; Art, Drama)

-It’s Harry’s birthday! Bake him a cake. (Ch.4; Life Skills, Social Studies)

-“Gallopin’ Gorgons!” and “Gulpin’ Gargoyles!” are examples of interjections. Make a list of at least ten more. Be creative! (Ch.4; Language Arts)

-What would Hagrid’s responsibilities be as gamekeeper? Would you like that job? Why or why not? (Ch.4; Social Studies)

-Dragon legends have been found worldwide. Read some together. (Ch.5; Language Arts, Social Studies)

-Draw a street scene of Diagon Alley. (Ch.5; Art)

Grow your own stalagmite. (Ch.5; Science)

-Using several large boxes or chairs, make your own Hogwarts express. If you’re using boxes, paint them red. And don’t forget the food trolley! (Ch.6; Art, Critical Thinking)

-Write a list of your own flavor ideas for Bertie Botts Every Flavor beans. (Ch.6; Language Arts)

-What is alchemy? Research it and give an oral report. (Ch.6; Science, Language Arts)

-Hogwarts is separated into “Houses”- Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, and Slytherin. Make up your own Houses. What would the characteristics of the students in each of your Houses be? (Ch.7; Critical Thinking, Character)

-Design logos for each of your Houses. (Ch.7; Art)

-Write an essay about which Hogwarts House you’d like to be in and why. (Ch.7; Language Arts, Critical Thinking)

-Hogwarts has 142 staircases. If each one has 12 steps, how many steps are there altogether? (Ch.8; Math)

-Go outside on a clear night and use a telescope or binoculars to stargaze. (Ch.8; Science)

-Draw a step-by-step progression of a desk turning into a pig (Prof. McGonagall’s trick). (Ch.8; Art)

-Write an essay about what you think the childhood of someone in a wizarding family was like. (Ch.9; Language Arts)

-Hermione tried to learn how to fly by reading a book about it. Why do you think that some things are better learned by experience than by books? (Ch.9; Critical Thinking)

-Using a shoe box, make a diorama of a Quidditch match being played. (Ch.10; Art)

-If Harry had Quidditch practice 3 times a week for 8 weeks, what was the total number of practices he had to attend? (Ch.10; Math)

-Read the description of the troll in the dungeon aloud to your children. (Repeat it more than once, if necessary.) Have them draw the troll exactly as it is described. If you have more than one child, compare their drawings. How close are they? (Ch.10; Listening, Language Arts, Art)

-Hagrid wore a moleskin overcoat, rabbit fur gloves, and beaverskin boots. Research animal trapping and the history of the fur trade. (Ch.11; History)

-Where is the Sahara Desert? Find it on a map. (Ch.11; Geography)

How is snow formed? (Ch.12; Science)

-How does your family celebrate Christmas? Write about your favorite Christmas memory. (Ch.12; Language Arts, Social Studies)

-What is holly? What is mistletoe? (Ch.12; Language Arts, Science)

-Another name for the Sorceror’s Stone is the Philosopher’s Stone. Research the legend behind this. (Ch.13; History)

-Write a story about dragons. (Ch.14; Language Arts)

-Why was it unsafe for Hagrid to be hatching a dragon egg in a wooden house? (Ch.14; Critical Thinking)

-Go for a walk in a nearby forest. Bring a nature study journal (or a simple notebook) and look for animal tracks. Sketch what you see, and try to identify them. (Ch.15; Field Trip, Science, Art)

-What sorts of animals live in your state, particularly in your region? Choose your favorite, and write a report. (Ch.15; Science, Language Arts)

-Harry meets a centaur in the forest. One of the most famous centaurs ever was Chiron, of Greek mythology. Find out who he was. (Ch.15; Language Arts, History)

-Draw your own rendition of the bird keys that were flitting about the room. (Ch.16; Art)

-Learn how to play chess. If you already know how, play a game. (Ch.16; Critical Thinking, Math)

-Use the italicized passage on page 285 for copywork. (Ch.16; Language Arts)

-Pretend you are looking into the Mirror of Erised. What do you see? Write about it. (Ch.17; Language Arts)

-Bertie Botts Every Flavor Beans are very similar to Bean Boozled. Play a game of Bean Boozled. (Ch.17; Fun)

-Make a family scrapbook. Be sure to include lots of photographs! (Ch.17; Art)

I hope you find some ideas with this unit study. Even if you’re done with your homeschool year, these activities are a great way to pass those hot summer days.

In the next few weeks, I’m hoping to release my complete Harry Potter Unit Study (yes, this was only a fraction of it!) at my Teachers Pay Teachers store. Stay tuned!

Looking for more Harry Potter-related activities? Head on over to iHomeschoolNetwork.com! (Begins on June 6, 2017)

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Author: Shelly Sangrey

I'm Shelly, a Christ-following, homeschooling Mom of eleven children ( okay, not ALL children. My oldest is 23.) I met my husband right after graduation, and we've been together ever since. Though my life can be hectic at times... okay, ALL the time, I wouldn't change it for anything.

11 thoughts on “Free Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Unit Study”

  1. Hi
    Thanks for such a wonderful list of activities linked with the different subjects. You always have very interesting, inspiring and enjoyable posts. I look forward to reading and watching them. As a homeschooling mum of 9 years I still enjoy new ideas and inspiration. Thanks again.

    Liked by 1 person

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