Harry Potter's Intriguing Science Lesson Plans
Science Lesson Plans are magical when learned in Harry Potter's Chamber of Secrets at Hogwarts. Elementary education level students will use their imaginations to become wizard graduates as they perform the philosopher's easy science experiments. Let your students push up their robe cuffs with all your science lessons plans this term.
Science lessons plans can include disappearing water through evaporation, or making a magical rainbow from prisms. Magical potion concoctions from Kool-Aid can add a treat. Try a science lesson plan by growing Basilisk Fang plants in a pot of dirtless, hydroponic soil.
Elementary education kids will love solving mysteries by gathering clues about the forests and fields around them. What magical creatures will they learn about next?
These science lesson plans can make real wizards out of all of them.
Science lessons plans involving the Golden Snitch, disappearing ink, fingerprint clues, mystery powers and bubble powders will excite every elementary education student in your science classes with Harry Potter's easy science experiments. Your classes will make all your students want to come to school on science days.
Science lesson plans with Hagrid and his magical animal friend Buckbeak were always an exciting class for Harry, Ron and Hermione. They went deep into the forest for each science lesson with other classmates from Gryffindor as well as those from Slytherin House who were not as taken with the lessons.
When organizing animal and bird science lesson plans for your class, you can incorporate a little bit of Hogwarts' lessons ideas. Some animals have characteristics and habits that are different from the norm. Perhaps these animals or birds have a bit of creative magic in them similar to that of Fawkes the Phoenix or Hedwig the Owl.
Some species have wonderful and unusual colors in the feathers or furs. Why is this? Why does the coloring of males differ from their female counterparts? Why do some animals life deep in the forest, or jungles while the habitat of others is near the oceans or the deserts? Why are some nocturnal, while others are not?
Science lesson plans can also incorporate art lessons. Drawing mystical creatures or real life ones can be fun. Reading lesson plans can also incorporate literature from the Harry Potter series, creating an entire Harry Potter module for your class this year.
Harry, Ron and Hermione loved their lessons in the greenhouse at Hogwarts school. Each science lesson plan about plants studied with other classmates from Gryffindor and Slytherin House taught them much about the care for living things in their world. Although their world differs a great deal from ours, we need to understand the importance of plant life in our world too.
There are many different types of plants that can be incorporated into your lesson plans. Some plants thrive in dry sunny areas while other prefer shade and more moisture. Some species can withstand colder climates, while others can not. Some plants do indeed seem to be magical, such as the Venus Fly Catcher. Why do some plants live for many years and others survive only one season before wilting and dying? These many facets of plant life should be addressed in your plant science lesson plans.
Science lesson plans can also include actual student gardens with a hands-on approach as did those lessons at Hogarts with Harry Potter and his friends. An area in your school yard can be fenced off for a gardening club. Students can learn how to plant vegetables and flowers, to care for them and to harvest them. Your lessons can include the proper use of gardening tools for cultivation as well as the importance of composting. A teacher friend of mind has done this at her school quite successfully for many years. Parent volunteers are helpful, especially Dads for the heavier work. Local nurseries have helped supply topsoil, fertilizers and mulches.
Flowers are picked for bouquets each June for the school tea. And during the summer time, students and their families share in weekly assignments of watering, weeding, harvesting and caring for the garden.
There are many aspects of gardening and plant knowledge that can be incorporated into your science lesson plans. The children love getting their hands dirty and are amazed each week as they watch their garden grow. This hands on approach will have a much greater learning experience than reading from a book.
Try some of these interesting ideas to help keep your students focused and interested in science this year.
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