With magic and mystery inspired by Harry Potter stories, many ideas for teaching strategies and lesson plans come to mind. You can let your imagination run wild.
Science lessons plans incorporating evidence for solving mysteries such as fingerprints, dental impressions and disappearing ink come to mind. Invite a member of your local police force to come and give a basic talk to your students on how they solve crimes using this type of evidence. Is there a student in your class who has had dental impressions or molds made from plaster of paris during a treatment for teeth straightening with braces? Using water based paints, demonstrate how each student has finger prints that differ from everyone else. Hand print artwork can then be done. Turn hand prints into imaginary butterflies or birds.
Hermione's Time Turner can be incorporated into your history lessons. Turn back time to yesteryear and discuss people and events from that time.
One of my favorite items from Harry Potter is Sorting Hat. First year Hogwarts students are sorted into four (4) houses of Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff or I have found official Harry Potter store where many of these items can be purchased (see below for url).Slytherin. The hat's mouth actually can be made to move. This is a wonderful item to use around Hallowe'en time or any time in classroom. Reward a student for good behavior or marks by letting them wear hat. Choose students to read passages from thier story book readers out loud to class while wearing Sorting Hat. Or perhaps day class monitor can wear hat while they perform their daily duty. There are so many ways to incorporate this hat into your lesson plans and teaching strategies.
There are 3 Magic Wands that were used by children in Harry Potter books. One way to use wands in classroom can be when children choose teams for various activities they can select each person with use of a wand. Children may wish to make their own wands in art class from various "magical" materials.
Learning to tell time lesson plans and to keep correct dates can be done while employing one of several wall or desk calendars or watches. As well, children can make their own Harry Potter wall posters.
There are journals available to encourage students to write their thoughts in on a daily basis. Perhaps they can write magical stories too.
And last but not least, all teaching strategies incorporate reading into their lesson plans. There are several Harry Potter bookmarks that students will love to use to keep their place in their readers or books. What a great idea for end of school (encourage reading during summer holidays), back to school or Christmas gifts from teacher.
Following are short descriptions of several Harry Potter merchandise items as found online in Harry Potter Shop.
Collectible Time Turner: This Time-Turner is an authentic recreation of Hermione's Time-Turner. It is centered with a working miniature hourglass and its inner rings rotate.
Collectible Wands: This Harry Potter's Wand is an authentic recreation of famous wizard's wand. It measures 14 inches in length. Made of wood and resin. Other wands for Ron and Hermione are also available.
Double Buckle Leather Briefcase: You don't need to work at Ministry of Magic to carry this stunning, European-crafted Harry Potter briefcase! Made of high quality leather, briefcase features a metal 'Hogwarts' logo on outside front pocket and 'Harry Potter' logo embossed on flap-cover. A wonderful teacher's case for all your magical lesson plans.
Prisoner of Azkaban Wall Calendar: This 12-month calendar features a fun collection of artwork and images from Harry Potter and Prisoner of Azkaban and is perfect for your home, office, or schoolroom.