Congratulations, Muggles! You have been accepted as a virtual exchange student at Hogwarts! This new Wizard Studies Program is designed for non-magic folk (like yourselves)! But instead of learning charms and transfiguration: You'll be using Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math to bring a little magic to your every day lives!
You won't need textbooks or a lot of supplies. But you will be reading and discussing Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. If you don't already have it, you can get a free copy of the eBook or Audiobook from your library! It's free on OverDrive and Libby through May 31. You can even sign up for an Instant Digital Card if you don't already have one. More information about that below...
So what do you think of Harry's new classes? His professors? Harry's first potions class with Professor Snape definitely could have gone better...
I think my favorite lesson would have been the flying lesson with Madame Hooch, though! Learning how to fly a broomstick sounds fun, right? It's definitely a faster way to travel. And let's face it: a much cooler way! And I don't just mean "cooler" because you'd be getting a lot of wind in your face out in the open air like that! LOL.
In these chapters Harry also has more dealings with Draco Malfoy. In "The Midnight Duel" they almost "battle it out" but Draco is a no-show. Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Neville still end up finding their way into trouble, though. After running away from Mr. Filch and his faithful and determined cat, Mrs. Norris, the trio (with Neville in tow) somehow end up on the Third Floor where they encounter a rather unique creature.
Also: how cool is it that Hermione knows the Alohomora spell?
Another big mystery also presents itself in these chapters... just what was in the vault that Hagrid emptied that day in Diagon Alley? And just who tried to break into it later that same day? The bigger question, of course, is WHY did the would-be thief want this mystery item so badly? It's clearly valuable but: is it just worth money? Or is it important for another reason?
So, there's a lot to cover! First up, though:
Are you caught up? Be sure to read both chapters before you go any further.
To make this Harry Potter-themed glitter slime, you will need the following ingredients:
Glitter Glue (I used Elmer's)
Buffered Saline (Contact Lens) Solution
Optional: storage container(s) for slime
Empty your 6 oz bottle of glitter glue into the bowl.
Add 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda and mix well.
Now add about 1 teaspoon of the buffered saline and mix well. You will notice it start to pull together and away from the sides of the bowl after about a minute of stirring. If it doesn’t pull from the sides of the bowl, add another 1/4 teaspoon and mix well.
Once it starts to pull into a lump pull it out and start kneading with your hands. To make this easier add a couple drops of the saline to your hands first. This stage is a good workout for your hands! Kneading it important to ensure you get a really nice stretchy slime. If your slime starts breaking you added too much buffered saline and need to use less next time.
You can make a second batch (of a different color) and mix the two together for an even cooler looking slime!
Maybe try using your House colors? I made blue for Ravenclaw, Green for Slytherin, Red for Gryffindor, and Yellow for Hufflepuff! You can also use regular white glue and food dye/coloring if you can't find the color of glitter glue that you want. And, of course, you can add your own glitter. That is, if you don't mind it getting everywhere! I wish there was a spell to clean up glitter! Maybe I should ask Molly Weasley if she knows about one?
Or: learn how to make Fluffy Slime by clicking here. There's so many cool STEAM projects you can do in your own home. Has this inspired you to look for and do even more? Pinterest is a great resource for parents looking for STEAM or craft projects. Teachers and librarians have tons of Pinterest boards, too. It's where they keep all their good ideas!
Get Started Cursive Writing
You'll be handwriting in no time!
In the book, students write with quills that they've dipped in ink... If you've never seen a quill: they're basically feathers, often with little metal "nibs" attached at the pointy end. You can also just sharpen the end of the feather for a sort of quick quill.
I found a fun, free Harry Potter-themed quill making tutorial on YouTube. View it by clicking here. Just be sure to ask your parent's permission before visiting YouTube.
In the past: even some Muggles used quills (before the invention of fountain or ball point pens).Some people even used the spines of porcupines or hedgehogs (or some other spiny animal). Some calligraphers still use nibs on the ends of their pens in the present day to craft intricate hand lettering! Have you ever seen your name written really fancy on a certificate?
That's called calligraphy and that's a different lesson... However, there's plenty of free resources on CreativeBug to get you started if you want to learn more. Just go to our website and find it under "Online Resources" or visit:
CreativeBug has over 1000 video tutorials on all things art and crafts (including hand-lettering, calligraphy, crochet, painting, sewing, and more). Just enter your library card to get started learning. They have basic tutorials for beginners and kids all the way up to intermediate and advanced tutorials for experienced crafters.
In this STEAM activity, though: we're going to dive into the word of handwriting (sometimes called cursive writing) with a few beginner exercises. If you want to learn more, there will be links to more resources below AND you'll have the opportunity to sign up for virtual Cursive Writing Bootcamps this summer at the library.
Second: What's the placement for the piece of paper we're writing on? These images are from the Cursive Handwriting student workbook from Learning Without Tears that we'll be using at the library (when in-person programs resume):
Eventually, you want to connect all of the letters in each word. That's what makes cursive writing so special! One letter flows into another. When you are able to master this technique, it gets really easy to write quickly because your pencil or pen doesn't leave the paper as much.
For more free resources, visit Learning Without Tears. And watch for more cursive writing workshops from your library coming this summer and fall.
DIY Your Own Remembrall
using a Bullet Journal!
Bullet Journals are a great way to be creative and express yourself!
Art by KatyKateHadfield
For more great ideas, search for "Harry Potter Bullet Journal" on Pinterest (with your parents' permission). Or visit this website.
You don't have to be a great artist to get started, though. Some people use stickers. Some don't decorate their bullet journals at all. The just keep lists and calendars. If all of this sounds overwhelming: Keep it simple! At it's core, a bullet journal is just about keeping you organized! Just do what works for you and have fun! It's way better than forgetting!
Bullet Journaling 101
In these chapters, we see Neville struggling to remember something. He's got a nifty little device called a Remembrall. But... how do you set reminders for yourself? How do you remember important events or keep track of your time? Have you ever heard of bullet journals? It's a DIY planner/organizer that anyone can do
Remember: You don't have to have a specially made journal with a dot-grid to get started. Just use whatever you have.
If you'd like to get more creative, you can add washi tape, hand-lettering, illustrations, and more. Some people use their bullet journals as sketchbooks. Some include gratitude journals, habit trackers, and more. It's fully customizable so you can use it however you want. Either way, it's a great way to stay organized.
Upcoming S.T.E.A.M. challenges: Over the next four programs, we will:
Transfiguration and The States of Matter: It's a Solid... It's a Liquid... It's an Oobleck!
Make a Feather Float in Charms Class: A Harry Potter Themed Coding/Computer Science Challenge (next time).
Invisibility Cloaks and The Magic of Green Screen.
Playing Wizard’s Chess with Moving Pieces Using Stop Motion Animation.
Craft-Stick Quidditch. Let's Build a Snitch Launcher (next time)!
Engineer a Magical Egg Drop Contraption.
Drawing challenges and writing prompts!
Harry Potter and the Dichotomous Keys Using Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans.
Professor Snape really seems to dislike Harry. At this point we don't really know why... unless it has something to do with Harry's supposed "fame." Do you think how he treated Harry in Potions class was fair? To the reader, it's clear that Harry was not full of himself and that he was there to learn. If you were the professor how would you make sure that all your students knew they were on a level playing field? That no one would be treated differently?
Harry and Draco seem to already have a big rivalry going. Why do you think that is? Does Draco maybe remind Harry of Dudley? Is Draco jealous of Harry's fame? Maybe he just didn't like how Harry wrote him off earlier in the book? But then... Draco seemed to dismiss Ron rather quickly, too. If Draco didn't like how it felt when Harry didn't want to be his friend... why would he act that way towards others? Do you think Harry and Draco could ever be friends? Or are they just too different?
Were you surprised when Professor McGonagall took Harry to meet Oliver Wood and asked him to be on the Quidditch team instead of punishing him? How much of the exchange between Harry and Draco do you think she saw? Do you think she showed favoritism (as head of Gryffindor House)?
Quidditch sounds like a really fun (but also slightly dangerous) sport. What are your favorite sports? If you could play any Muggle sport while on a flying broomstick, what would it be and why?
What do you think was in the vault that Hagrid emptied? Do you think it's what's the three-headed dog is guarding on the Third Floor?
What is your impression of Hermione so far? She seems eager to please and much more keen on following the rules than Harry or Ron seem to be. Why do you think Ron sees that as a bad (or weird) thing? Obviously, Dumbledore was right in warning students to stay away from that area...
How well do you think Harry is adjusting to his new life as a wizard? Is learning magic maybe harder than he thought it would be? What do you think has been the most difficult for him? Have you ever struggled in school or when learning something new?
If you want to share your thoughts with your professor: email me or reach out on Facebook!
Thanks for joining us!
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This program is made possible by a Library Services and Technology Act grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences. It is administered locally by the Florida Department of State Division of Library and Information Services (commonly known as the "State Library") with help from the Putnam Alachua Levy (PAL) Public LIbrary Cooperative.
Go to the library's website: FunInPutnam.com and click on "eBooks" at the top to learn more about OverDrive and Libby. If you're using a computer, I'd recommend OverDrive. If you're reading on a smart device or if you're listening on a phone, I'd recommend Libby. You can find the apps for both in the Google Play or Apple App Store. Sign in by choosing "Putnam County Library System" in the list of libraries and then entering your library card number. If you don't have a card, sign up for an Instant Digital Card using a mobile phone number.
Watch celebrities read aloud from Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Did you know that the British version of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone has a different title? It's the same story, though! So feel free to read along with Daniel Radcliffe, Eddie Redmayne, and others. For more information, click here. To hear Daniel Radcliffe (who played Harry Potter in the films) read "The Boy Who Lived" (Chapter 1), click here. For more chapter themed challenges developed by the folks at WizardingWorld.com, just click here.
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