Mischief Managed Decision Making:
This is hands down a terrific activity for teaching decision making and consequences. No right or wrong answers, but students need to defend their choices on how to solve a dilemma. Bonus: it requires a bit of map reading skills.
Mail Order Mythical Beast:
Remember when Hagrid wins the dragon egg and tries to keep it as a pet? He would love a creature catalog. This activity could be done for students reading The Odyssey or any story with mythical creatures.
Hogwarts House Architect:
I'm sure if I were a first year at Hogwarts I'd get turned around at least 50 times a day. It seems huge! You can have your student practice math skills of scale and area by having them draw a blue print for Hogwarts. They'll also get to review important settings in the stories.
Signal Words and Meaning:
Students on occasion will have trouble noticing small words that have big punch. Words like "but." I was going to give y'all 15 extra minutes for recess, but you left the room a mess and have to stay in here to whine while I question you about leaving your own house like this and then roll my eyes at the inevitable truth that you do indeed live in pig sties. [Holy cannoli is that a tangent! But c'mon you know if you've taught any kids, you've said/thought that at least once.] But this exercise helps students draw connections about those signal words and change.
Harry Potter Haiku:
A great activity for hunting down poems in literature; a true found poem. Find the haiku rhythm in books you're reading or make up your own haiku based on the story.
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