In this lesson designed for students in grades K-2, kids receive a handout with an outline of a coat of arms. They will use creativity, reasoning and language skills to answer questions and develop a new imaginary sports team based on everyone’s favorite wizarding world.
In the wizarding world, a popular sport involves scoring goals while flying on broomsticks. A new team at the magic academy is eager to begin recruiting players, but first the team needs a coat of arms (shield), team colors and a name.
Working as a whole class or having kids work in small groups, use the two-page handout—page 1 provides space for answering questions, and page 2 has a blank coat of arms. For younger students, questions can be answered orally rather than in writing.
Ideas for extending the lesson:
Trivia Challenge: Review any content taught in class that week by having students break into their team groups and compete in a trivia game in order to review important facts. Cut out broomstick handles form brown construction paper. Add a “straw” (strip of yellow construction paper, piece of raffia, or piece of real straw) to each team’s paper broomstick handle for every correct answer. The first team to complete its broom (the number of straws needed can be determined by the teacher) wins.
Class party: Provide the class with a reward for a week of hard work by having them help prepare bread “Broomsticks.” Warm apple cider with cinnamon stick “broom handles” also makes for a fun treat.
Digital media: Have students use flip cameras and record themselves doing team cheers that they invent. Or, have kids learn about journalism by interviewing team captains and producing written or videotaped stories about why teams chose their names, colors and coats of arms.
Technology: Help students use a word processing program to type their answers to the questions on the handout.
Oral presentation: Prepare students to give oral and visual presentations about their teams to a classroom of older or younger students.