For the Harry Potter (After School) Reading Club at Ott Elementary School, reading is just a part of what they do. What the group really does is bring books to life.
In its second year, the Reading Club read the first and fourth books in the series, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” and “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.” The students vote on which books to read and divide into two groups. Fifth grade teachers Sue Moffitt and Rose Stone serve as sponsors of the club.
“The Reading Club ties into curricular goals, so it isn’t all about wizardry and potions,” says Moffitt. “It is also about science, mathematics, and life lessons.”
“When the group reads the part in the book about ‘Defense of the Dark Arts,’ we discuss what to do if they encounter a bully or are in a bullying-type situation,” she says. “When we read about Professor Sprout and her magical and mundane plants, we study plant sciences; for Professor Snape and his potions class, we have a lesson in the science lab.”
As a culminating event at the end of the year, the group held a Muggle Quidditch Game. Quidditch is a competitive sport in the wizarding realm of the Harry Potter universe played by wizards and witches. Muggle Quidditch is a sport based on Wizard Quidditch including 7 “muggle” players (3 chasers, 2 beaters, a keeper, and a seeker.)
(For you non-Harry Potter book fans, a “muggle” is a person who lacks any sort of magical ability and not born into the magical world.)
After two games matching up Slytherin against Gryffindor and Hufflepuff against Ravenclaw, the House of Slytherin garnered the most points and won the Inter-House Quidditch Cup for this school year.
After the games were over, the group celebrated with a variety of food straight out of the J.K. Rowling books. Students enjoyed Herbology Bites, Gillyweed, Pumpkin Pasties, Trelawney’s Tarts, and much more.