Teacher Review For Harry Potter Reading Club

Dive deep into the world of Harry Potter

Sean A.
Technology coordinator
Robert E Peary School
Ridgewood, NY
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My Grades Pre-K, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 3
Pedagogy 5
Support 5
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time More than 15 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
I have paired the more traditional work (think standard book club) on this site with the linked sites of STACKS (basic) and Pottermore (complex but really fun) to increase student engagement and accessibility for weaker readers. Unless your students are highly skilled readers, you may find it necessary to purchase/procure the audio books. I was able to allow students to read at their own pace with them. The books are also now available in iBooks (with captivating animations). I have not yet used those with any classes, but I have used the built in accessibility features in other iBooks to help my struggling/beginner readers get through books above their standard decoding level.
My Take
Any students that enjoy Harry Potter will love all of the freebies and trivia inherent in this program. Though it does little to support students for whom the books might be too challenging. There are simple tasks though like crosswords and crafts to draw in students who are on the fence. Also free stickers and bookmarks in the welcome kit are a great bonus. It doesn't get stale, because there are new tasks each month. If you pair it with Pottermore or STACKS (there are links on the landing page) than engagement and accessibility is greatly increased.