Who likes Mercy Watson?

I do, and so does a short person I'm working with.  Since this book just happens to be a mystery, I thought I'd share it with my followers.

Children love mysteries and books in a series.  Authors seem to recognize this, and so we are seeing more series books coming out.  Right off the top of my head, I can think of quite a few...Cam Jansen, The A-Z Mysteries, Nate the Great,The Magic Treehouse, and The Bailey School Kids.

In fact, studying this genre is also a nice way to build community since we, as teachers, can bring in those oldies, but goodies...Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys, and Encyclopedia Brown.

This summer, one student I worked with discovered the new version of the Nancy Drew books.  Recently, the Nancy Drew books have been revised to allow younger readers to grow up with them too.  One parent of mine shared that it was a great way for she and her daughter to bond together and just share some special childhood memories.  I love that because reading is associated with warm fuzzies!

With this unit, some pages are not book specific, so you could use them with other books.  I've included pages for vocabulary, sequencing, story elements, and visualizing...just enough to hopefully make planning easy for you.  Enjoy!

Does anyone else have students who rip right through mysteries?  Do they get sucked in and can't put them down?  Well, I hope so.  Share your thoughts in the comments.  I'd love to hear from you.

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  2. Thank you for the Mercy Watson study guide. I have never read this book before, but am now intrigued.

    1. You've missed out, Karen. They're super cute...best for students who are just starting chapter books. The level of them is late 2nd/early 3rd. The first, fifth and sixth pages could be used for any mystery book though. Thanks for commenting.


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