Are you a Mercy Watson fan like I am? I have been a fan of Kate DiCamillo since Mercy Watson to the Rescue first came out, and a few years ago, I got a request for materials to go with the series. Of course, I could not wait to get started, and I had a blast creating the series bundle. All you need to add is hot buttered toast and the books! You’ll be set for LOTS of fun with our friend, Mercy.
Mercy Watson to the Rescue
The first book, Mercy Watson to the Rescue has poor Mr. and Mrs. Watson falling through the floor of their house. Can you visualize that? Add in Eugenia Lincoln’s angry rants, and you’ve got one action packed set of adventures. With this unit, your kids can work on comprehension strategies (visualizing, story elements, summarizing, author’s craft) and have lots of writing experiences about handling emergencies.
Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride
The next book, Mercy Watson Goes for a ride, picks up with another Mercy adventure. Book number two takes readers (and Mercy) on a wild ride (and has Eugenia furious once again!). In this books, students experience prereading about traveling, practice comprehension skills (point of view, sequencing, questioning and a few others), and write a class book about staying safe in the car.
Mercy Watson Fights Crime
Who’s gets scared at night? Ever think you’re hearing noises? Just about every child does, and this book may help your kids work through some of those fears. This next unit includes cause and effect relationships, a sequencing project, vocabulary work., several writing options, and a lapbook. Each unit is different from the rest, and skills are varied keeping your students engaged and motivated to read more.
Mercy Watson Princess in Disguise
Another book that doesn’t disappoint is Mercy Watson Princess in Disguise. If you love Halloween, than this book’s for you. You may be read, but Mercy is NOT! She is not interested in being a princess despite Mr. and Mrs. Watson’s efforts. The only reason she’s agreeable is because she’s promised treats. (and Baby Lincoln has a bunch for her which again makes Eugenia’s blood boil. Frank and Stella enter the series with this book, and it ends with Lorenzo, Ned, and Officer Tomilello sharing hot buttery toast with the Watsons after they save the Lincoln’s cat who has climbed up a tree. This unit focuses on question types and the Halloween theme for great fun.
Mercy Watson Thinks Like a Pig
Wow, I can’t believe I’m already to book five, Mercy Watson Thinks like a Pig. That’s sort of how this series works since the stories are so animated, and the pictures are so vivid. Chris VanDusen is a master at making the perfect color choices for his illustrations to really make them pop. Book number five is set in the spring as the Lincoln sisters get their gardens ready. Well, Mercy loves the taste and smell of pansies, so you can imagine what happens. This unit offers themed writing about gardening, problem and solution, vocabulary, question task cards and recording form for Scoot, several writing options, and a class book about the perfect pet. Just look at the book’s cover!
Mercy Watson Something Wonky This Way Comes
Are you just ready to go buy the books? I hope so! It’s such a bummer to reach the end of a series, and I have to say, I already miss working on them. I tried to make this last unit one my readers can not refuse by including a cute craftivity and reader’s theater script for the whole class. All the teacher needs to do is pop the popcorn! Speaking of, that’s the topic! Mercy’s last adventure is at the Bijou Drive-in for the movie, When Pigs Fly. The whole town seems to be there and of course, it ends with hot buttered toast.
I hope you and your readers have a great time with all of the activities I created, and if they do, can you please share your stories with me? I would love to hear the kids’ comments. To get your set, click on the image below.
Mercy Watson Read Alouds
If you do not have copies of these books, but would like to use the materials. Never fear! Youtube is here.
- Book #2: Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride
- #3: Mercy Watson Fights Crime
- Book #4: Mercy Watson Princess in Disguise
- #5: Mercy Watson Thinks like a Pig
- Book #6: Mercy Watson Something Wonky This Way Comes
Links to Other Author Study Posts:
- Teaching with Cynthia Rylant’s Books as Mentor Texts
- Celebrate Nature with Leo Lionni
- Discover the Magic of Jan Brett
What other book series options do your kids love? Seems to me most have a few they read from beginning to end. I hope this will be one of them! Have a happy day and happy reading!