Teaching Character Traits With Mercy Watson

Teaching character traits with A Piglet Named Mercy by Kate DiCamillo is an absolute porcine wonder of a positive experience! Primary grade students will love using text vocabulary and events to compare and contrast ordinary barnyard animals with house pets.


Every  porcine wonder was a piglet.

Most begin and spend most of their life in a barn on a farm in the mud eating slops from a trough.

Except for one.  

She was destined for a not so ordinary life.  

A life lived with a lovely couple in a cozy house in a quaint neighborhood with unlimited access to hot buttered toast for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.



MEET MERCY WATSON

As many of you know, Kate DiCamillo and Chris Van Dusen have written an entertaining and popular chapter book series about Mercy Watson.  This post focuses though on the prequel picture book that gives us the backstory of the precious piglet and how she came to be a wonder in the lives of Mr. and Mrs Watson.


Teaching character traits with A Piglet Named Mercy by Kate DiCamillo is an absolute porcine wonder of a positive experience! Primary grade students will love using text vocabulary and events to compare and contrast ordinary barnyard animals with house pets.



TEACHING CHARACTER TRAITS THROUGH COMPARE & CONTRAST

The two main vocabulary words that you need to target when introducing this story about how Mercy came to live on Deckawoo Drive are ORDINARY and EXTRAORDINARY.  I have include a set of synonym and antonym word cards in my free resource to help your students understand how Percy is special and different from other pigs.


Teaching character traits with A Piglet Named Mercy by Kate DiCamillo is an absolute porcine wonder of a positive experience! Primary grade students will love using text vocabulary and events to compare and contrast ordinary barnyard animals with house pets.



EXCLUSIVE FREEBIE

Vocabulary word cards, a character trait sorting sheet activity, and a writing page template are included in the book companion resource that you can download {HERE}!


Teaching character traits with A Piglet Named Mercy by Kate DiCamillo is an absolute porcine wonder of a positive experience! Primary grade students will love using text vocabulary and events to compare and contrast ordinary barnyard animals with house pets.


Teaching character traits with A Piglet Named Mercy by Kate DiCamillo is an absolute porcine wonder of a positive experience! Primary grade students will love using text vocabulary and events to compare and contrast ordinary barnyard animals with house pets.



Teaching character traits with A Piglet Named Mercy by Kate DiCamillo is an absolute porcine wonder of a positive experience! Primary grade students will love using text vocabulary and events to compare and contrast ordinary barnyard animals with house pets.



MORE READING FUN

Reading delightful books like A Piglet Named Mercy aloud has always been my favorite part of the school day, but reading for pleasure is the highlight of my June, July, and August days.  My friends from The Reading Crew wanted to share some of our favorite personal novels with you as summer approaches, so be sure to enter the giveaway Rafflecopter for a chance to replenish your personal reading library.  Where the Crawdads Sing is a powerful read that many friends and my sister have recommended.


Teaching character traits with A Piglet Named Mercy by Kate DiCamillo is an absolute porcine wonder of a positive experience! Primary grade students will love using text vocabulary and events to compare and contrast ordinary barnyard animals with house pets.





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Teaching character traits with A Piglet Named Mercy by Kate DiCamillo is an absolute porcine wonder of a positive experience! Primary grade students will love using text vocabulary and events to compare and contrast ordinary barnyard animals with house pets.


MORE PORCINE WONDER FUN!

Then end-of-the-year is a great time to celebrate theme days, and these pig literacy and craft ideas on my PINTEREST board are sure to make fun and memorable learning experiences for your students!


Be sure you also check out these MERCY WATSON chapter book companion resources from my friend Carla over in her Comprehension Connection TpT storeThey include everything you need for an in-depth study of the porcine wonder and her adventures!  Check out this BLOG POST for more information about each book in the series!


Teaching character traits with A Piglet Named Mercy by Kate DiCamillo is an absolute porcine wonder of a positive experience! Primary grade students will love using text vocabulary and events to compare and contrast ordinary barnyard animals with house pets.



WITH GRATITUDE

As always, thank you for sharing my stories and my songs here.  It has been another year where I have had to focus more on my health than my blog/store resources. Many of you have weathered the storm of Lymphoma 2.0 with me.  For that I am truly grateful.  I hope that you will continue to stop by for ideas, advice, and activities that will enrich the literacy lives of your students.  

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Continue to teach your children well,






4 comments

  1. I absolutely LOVE all of these ideas, Jennifer! Thank you! Teaching character traits is one of my favorites <3

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    1. So glad you like the ideas! Thanks for stopping by my blog!
      ~Jennifer

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  2. Super cute book! Love Mercy Watson, and what a wonderful way to use the books!

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    1. Mercy is just one of my all-time favorite book characters! Glad you liked the ideas included in the FREEBIE!
      ~Jennifer

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