The Mercy Watson series by Kate DiCamillo is a set of books that are perfect for first and second grade readers who are just getting started with chapter books. The series centers around Mercy, a porcine wonder who loves hot buttered toast. Each story features a new adventure with Mercy in the middle of it all. Whether you are reading these chapter books aloud to your class or using them with your small groups, here are some activities and resources you can use with your students.
Mercy Watson Craft & Reading Response Booklet
This craft and reading response booklet combines the lovable Mercy Watson with her favorite hot buttered toast. Each of the toast pages contains a different reading response activity that can be used with any of the six books in the Mercy Watson series. The pre-made response templates focus on character traits, vocabulary words, story retell, and a book review. There is also an open-ended response template that can be used for identifying the problem and solution, setting, sequence of events, character quotes, and more!
Once students have completed the selected reading response pages, they will stack, staple, and add the Mercy Watson craft to the top. These would make a great bulletin board display.
You can find the templates to make this Mercy Watson craft here.
Mercy Watson Book Companions
If you are planning to spend a bit more time with any of the books in the Mercy Watson series, I have created book companions for each of the six stories. These book companions include comprehension questions for each chapter of the story along with a focus on vocabulary words and phrases. After reading, students can work on the sequence of events and complete a word search. I have also included several graphic organizers to meet the varying needs of your readers. You can find these book companions here.
Mercy Watson Books
There are six books in the Mercy Watson series. As students progress through the stories, they will begin to recognize some familiar faces and characters.
Click on any of the covers below to learn more about each book.
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Mr. and Mrs. Watson have a pig named Mercy. Mercy is a porcine wonder. One night, Mercy decides she does not want to sleep in her own bed. She would much rather snuggle up with Mr. and Mrs. Watson. This is not good news for the Watsons’ bed. Or for the Watsons.
Mr. Watson and Mrs. Watson have a porcine wonder named Mercy. Every Saturday, Mercy and Mr. Watson go for a ride in Mr. Watson’s convertible. But one Saturday, things take a surprising turn. And a certain someone ends up behind the wheel.
Mr. and Mrs. Watson have a pig named Mercy. Mercy is a porcine wonder. One night, Mercy hears a noise. An unlikely thief is robbing the Watsons! But as the thief soon discovers, crime doesn’t pay. Not when there is a very large pig involved.
Mr. and Mrs. Watson have a pig named Mercy. Mercy is a porcine wonder. It’s Halloween, and Mr. and Mrs. Watson have decided on the perfect costume for Mercy. Though it takes a little convincing to get her into it, Mercy is encouraged by the promise of treats. For what could be better than a treat-getting adventure? Especially if it involves a chase…
When Mercy’s appetite leads her straight to the bed of freshly-planted pansies next door, Eugenia Lincoln calls in Animal Control Officer Francine Poulet. But as Francine soon discovers, not just anyone can think like a pig – especially when that pig is a porcine wonder like Mercy Watson!
Mr. and Mrs. Watson and their porcine wonder, Mercy, are off to the Bijou Drive-In. What will happen when a gaggle of familiar characters get the same idea for a night out? With the tempting scent of hot buttered popcorn wafting through the air, everyone’s favorite pig leads the way in this hilarious romp featuring movies, mayhem, and Mercy!
There is also an option to buy all six stories in a boxed set!
I hope your students continue to read and enjoy the Mercy Watson series as much as mine do!