The six-book Mercy Watson series by Kate DiCamillo is beloved by children from Kindergarten to third grade. Mercy is a pig who, in her search for buttery snacks, accidentally ends up rescuing her family, fighting crime, and causing mayhem.
This unit is designed to be used in the final weeks of first grade or the first weeks of second grade. It is a writing-heavy unit that covers nearly all of the first grade Common Core ELA standards, focusing particularly on:
-story elements (characters, setting, problem & solution, sequencing)
-retelling a story in your own words
-looking at a story from different points of view
-opinions (identifying, stating, organizing into arguments, etc.)
-writing book reviews
-several technical writing aspects, like synonyms and adjectives
Each book is accompanied by a discussion guide, four activities (including at least one "center"-style activity), a pacing guide, and a list of Common Core standards that are covered in the activities. Each page includes clipart from the books. Your kiddos will have a blast reading, writing, and learning during this unit.
Use this unit with my Dessert Work centers and your kids will be reading and writing like pros!