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...
It's Harry's 11th birthday. He's just been rescued from the Dursleys by a rather large man named Hagrid who told Harry that he's a wizard! What's more: There's a school for witches and wizards called Hogwarts and he's been accepted! That's a lot of information to take in! And we haven't even touched on all the stuff Harry learned about his parents...
By the end of these chapters, Harry is preparing to go to Hogwarts... but he's got to stop by Diagon Alley first! While we can't go to Diagon Alley in person right now, we'll be preparing for our own magical adventure in this module!
Don't have a wizard's wand? That's OK! We'll show you how to make one! We've also got a few other S.T.E.A.M. challenges to help you prepare for your virtual Hogwarts experience.
So... let's begin!
Fun Activities You Can Do At Home.
Do-It-Yourself S.T.E.A.M. activities, inspired by Chapters 3-5.
It's almost time to go to Hogwarts. Let's gather our supplies for wand making!
You'll need a large wooden chopstick or dowel rod, a hot glue gun (and glue), paint, and a brush. You might also want some newsprint or scrap paper to work on so you don't make a big mess on the table or kitchen counter.
Be sure to let the hot glue completely cool before you put your new wand down. You can hold it (just be careful not to touch the hot glue). I put mine upside down in a cup until it was ready for paint.
If you plan on covering the top portion of your wand in glue as well... try doing it in stages. Complete the bottom half (the handle) first. Same with the painting...
When the first (or bottom half) is dry, flip it around and complete the other half. There's no need to rush.
How much do you know about owls? They're pretty interesting and unique creatures. For instance: Did you know that they have something called "binocular vision?" That means they have trouble seeing well from side to side. That must be why they're always turning their heads!
Want to know what it's like? Let's make an Owl Eyesight Viewer!
Here's the supplies you'll need:
three paper plates
one long cardboard tube (paper towel roll)
brown and gold paint
two plastic forks
For step-by-step instructions on how to construct your Owl Eyesight Viewer, check out this blog.
Convert American Dollars into Galleons, Sickles, and Knuts
Hagrid explained wizarding world money to Harry this way: “The gold ones are Galleons. Seventeen silver Sickles to a Galleon and twenty-nine Knuts to a Sickle, it's easy enough.” That may have seemed easy to Hagrid, but it certainly isn’t easy for us Muggles! So, for this exercise, we're going to come up with our own values (feel free to change these up to keep the math interesting).
Easy exchange rates:
1 Galleon = 100 American Dollars
1 Sickle = 43 American Dollars
1 Knut = 7 American Dollars
Solve these math word problems:
How much is 35 sickles worth in our world?
If you have 72 dollars, how many knuts can you exchange them for?
I have two galleons, 23 sickles and 4 knuts. How much do I have total in American money?
What would you think if hundreds of letters (addressed to you) started appearing in your mailbox (or through your chimney)?! Harry’s always felt alone and unwanted. But even before Harry gets to read the Hogwarts acceptance letter… their very existence (and the sheer number of them) suggest to him that someone really wanted to talk to him. How do you think that felt? Good? Confusing?
As readers, we’ve seen Hagrid before. He brought Harry, as a baby, to the Dursely’s doorstep. And he knows Dumbledore. So, we know he’s a good guy. But this is the first time Harry’s met him. If you were Harry, would you trust him? Believe him? What does Hagrid do or say to win Harry over?
In these chapters, we found out more about Harry’s parents, Lily and James Potter. Why do you think the Durselys kept the truth from Harry? Why didn’t Petunia like her sister, Lily?
What do you think of the Leaky Cauldron? Of Diagon Alley? Why do you think wizards keep these places a secret?
Why do you think Ollivander was so surprised about the wand that ended up choosing Harry? Do you think it’s weird that wands choose their wizards?
If you could bring a pet to school: What would it be and why?
There’s a lot of mystery surrounding Harry and how he survived the attack that took his parents. But there’s also a lot of mystery surrounding Voldemort. Hagrid seems to have his own secrets. What exactly was that in the vault that he picked up for Dumbledore? Do you like mystery stories? I think it’s exciting not knowing what to expect or how the story will end. What’s your favorite genre or kind of story?
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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. But don't get sorted into your Houses just yet... That's next week (Chapters 6-7)!
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