Our fun activity of the week was going shopping for our owls! After Harry goes to Diagon Alley in Chapter 5, and Hagrid buys him Hedwig, we did a little research! I gave students a guided research graphic organizer to get them started. First, we spent 5 minutes “owl shopping” as a class on the Smartboard. I pulled up pictures of all of the types of owls for sale at Eyelops Owl Emporium and students could choose the type they wanted.
We spent two days researching, for about 20 minutes each time, to learn more about our owls. Then students wrote a rough draft of their owl story. We talked about how these were part real, and part fake because they had facts about the owls, but the name and story behind the owl was made up.
Once students had their rough draft done, they traded and peer edited, and had me check it off before getting their final copy.
Then the fun part–making their owls and their cages! I followed these simple directions for the Chinese lanterns to use as cages. We used the 12×18 construction paper to make the cages, and I had students cut off every other strip to leave space in between the cage bars to see the owls.
Here are some pictures of everything in action: