Mercy Watson to the Rescue Resource Set

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Summary

Mercy Watson to the Rescue by Kate DiCamillo

Mercy Watson to the Rescue is a fun and silly tale about a pig who unwittingly saves the day. The diverse cast of characters in this humorous story provides an ideal backdrop for readers learning about point of view. Author Kate DiCamillo writes in such a way that readers can easily engage with the text and use this Book Club resource to practice portraying different characters while reading aloud, distinguishing different characters’ points of view, and identifying which character’s point of view is most like their own.

Teach with Mercy Watson to the Rescue by Kate DiCamillo

This resource set includes everything you need to deliver meaningful reading instruction

  • Interactive Lesson Plan for 4 Book Club Meetings Focusing on Point of View
  • Chapter by Chapter Discussion Guide
  • Chapter by Chapter Vocabulary Guide
  • Book Club Calendar
  • Conversation Prompts
  • Expectations for Book Club Anchor Chart / Student Reference Sheet
  • Student Self-Evaluation Forms
  • Running Record Assessment Tool
  • Student Reading Response Guide
  • Comprehension Assessment Rubric
  • Common Core State Standard Assessment
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Common Core Alignment
  • Main Pack: L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.1 RL.2.10 RL.2.2 RL.2.3 RL.2.4 RL.2.5 RL.2.6 RL.2.7 RL.2.9 SL.2.1a SL.2.1b SL.2.1c SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8
  • Vocabulary: L.2.4a L.2.5a L.2.6
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    Mercy Watson to the Rescue Resource Set

    Instructional Overview

    The instructional overview includes instructional background for point of view, instructional objectives for each of the Book Club meetings, and a list of the materials and preparation necessary to the Mercy Watson to the Rescue Book Club.

    Book Club Management Resources

    The management resources include a Book Club Calendar, conversation prompts, Student Self-Evaluation forms, Reading Response Board (with optional Common Core alignment), and an Expectations for Book Club anchor chart.

    Meeting #1: Introduce Point of View

    Kick off the Mercy Watson to the Rescue Book Club with an interactive activity to focus students on point of view. Explore how people can be shown the same object, but come away with very different impressions of what they saw. Then, apply this concept to the characters in Kate DiCamillo's story.

    Meeting #2: Portraying Different Characters' Point of View when Reading Aloud

    Your readers may already be familiar with the concept of "putting themselves in someone else's shoes", but what does that mean when applied to the characters in a story? Using Kate DiCamillo's Mercy Watson to the Rescue, students will practice reading aloud from various character's "shoes" to help them better understand the character's actions, words, and/or feelings during events in the story.

    Meeting #3: Distinguishing Different Characters' Point of View

    Now that readers have gotten to know the characters in Mercy Watson to the Rescue by Kate DiCamillo, they can easily demonstrate their ability to distinguish varying points of view by anticipating how the characters would respond to some "silly" situations.

    Meeting #4: Identifying with One Character's Point of View

    This final Mercy Watson to the Rescue Book Club meeting provides time for students to reflect on which character's point of view is most like their own. Once identified, students will then complete a culminating activity that highlights their learning related to point of view as a result of their participation in this Book Club.

    Mercy Watson to the Rescue Focus Assessment and Rubric

    Use this six-question assessment to determine whether or not students understand the key concepts associated with the point of view.

    Mercy Watson to the Rescue Common Core Assessment

    This 9 question Common Core aligned assessment can be used to determine students' overall comprehension of Mercy Watson to the Rescue and their mastery of the Common Core State Standards.

    Mercy Watson to the Rescue Common Core Alignment

    List of the Common Core State Standards addressed by the Mercy Watson to the Rescue Book Club Resource Set.

    Mercy Watson to the Rescue Running Record

    Use this "done for you" Running Record to assess oral reading fluency of Mercy Watson to the Rescue. Track meaning, structure, and visual accuracy using the first 100 words of the text to determine whether or not this book is a good fit for the readers in your classroom.

    Student Resources in Spanish

    This set of Spanish student facing resources includes Book Club Management Resources for use with Mercy Watson to the Rescue by Kate DiCamillo. These resources are intended to be used with the lesson plans included in the Resource Set for this book.

    Mercy Watson to the Rescue Vocabulary Connections

    Before your students can fully comprehend and enjoy Mercy Watson to the Rescue, it’s helpful to review new vocabulary used in the story. Either download Mercy Watson to the Rescue Super Pack or this individual Vocabulary Builder for resources and activities that support Tier 2 and Tier 3 vocabulary growth through fun and productive interactions with new words.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.2.4a L.2.5a L.2.6

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