Boysenberry Books

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There Was an old lady who swallowed a fly by Simms Taback


The old lady has a series of events that are written in a singsong manner. Find out where the fly ends up at the end of the story.

Teaching Sentence Fluency in Writing using the 6 Traits of Writing:

This story sells itself in sentence fluency. Ask the students to find the fluency traits listed on the Anchor Chart which you have been making all week.


Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault


The alphabet wants to climb the coconut tree. What happens when they all race up at once? Find out.

Teaching Sentence Fluency in Writing using 6 Traits of Writing:

Have student choose a favorite tune. Then allow a few students to read this book to the tune he/she chose. Next, in table groups, have each table practice reading this to any tune that is appropriate. (Start a Fluency Anchor Chart to be continued all week giving the different aspects of Fluency.)

Curious George by H.A. Rey


George’s curiosity seems to get him into trouble.

Teaching Organization in writing using 6-traits.

Have students write out the detailed instructions to make one of the following items:

peanut butter sandwich, toast, or popcorn

  1. Have fun reading and asking the rest of the class if anything was missed. You could have the ingredients out to make a peanut butter sandwich and do exactly as they say.
  2. Read Curious George. Ask, “Does Curious George follow instructions exactly?
  3. Is he organized?
  4. Discuss ideas that you would give to Curious George to be able to follow instructions.




If You Give a Moose a Muffin by Laura Numeroff


If you give a moose a muffin….the story goes on to talk about him then wanting milk, spilling the milk, wiping it up, etc. I love this book. It is a fun read and is ORGANIZED very well even if this moose is not all that organized. (I always say, “If you give a wife a paint brush…she will end up remodeling the whole house. At least, that is true for me.”

Teaching ORGANIZATION in writing using 6 Traits:

Have your students write a mimic model writing using the ORGANIZATION of the first page of this book (in a small group). Next, have them write two more pages as a group. Have fun with it. [This assignment assumes you have discussed ORGANIZATION already as a class.]

Bible Integration:

I Corinthians 14:40

But everything must be done decently and in order.


The Emperor’s New Clothes by Hans Christian Anderson


Some cunning “weavers” knew that the Emperor had clothes tailored for him every day and that his subjects were to bow and comment on his lovely wardrobe. Therefore, they sought to take advantage of this pride-filled Emperor. Read to find out how they tricked him and what his countrymen said of his new outfits. What did the little child say?

Teaching Organization in Writing using 6 Traits:

List the steps that drew the “weavers” to the Emperor.

How did the author ORGANIZE this tale to all.ow you to understand how the “weavers” could get away with “weaving” such a tale.

Compare the responses of the Emperor’s countrymen to that of the little child.

Bible Integration:

Matthew 6: 25

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes”

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst


Alexander woke up in a bad mood and it followed him all day.

Teaching Organization in Writing using 6-Traits:

Using an Anchor Chart, have students make a line chart (timeline) of their previous school day. Allow volunteers to come to the chart and add times of the day and activities. Have students make a time line at their table (blank). Read: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst. As you read, have each table make entries onto their timeline of Alexanders’ day.  Next, ask them to find a cause and effect of what caused his bad day. Discuss actions they can take to avoid bad days.

Ruby the Copy Cat by Peggy Rathman

Summary: Ruby the Copy Cat

Ruby copies Angela and then her teacher. Finally, her teacher gives her some great advise. What advise would you give a copy cat?

Teaching Voice in Writing:

Assuming the students have learned what VOICE is in writing, have the students find Ruby’s voice. Is it in her words; or is it in an action?

Biblical Integration:

Psalm 139:14

I will praise You because I have been remarkably and wonderfully made.
Your works are wonderful, and I know this very well.

For the Love of Autumn by Patricia Polacco

For the Love of Autumn


This is a very sweet book of an unmarried teacher who’s cat continues to run away. She is very lonely without Autumn, her cat. Her students search all over for Autumn. After six weeks, they make a memorial garden for Autumn…..find out what happens next…..

Teaching Writing using Voice – 6 Traits of Writing

Assuming the students have studied Voice, have the students find the Voices used in For the Love of Autumn. Next, have them use his/her voice in a story where he/she lost a pet. (If he/she does not have pet, have him/her imagine having a pet that ran away.) Be sure to emphasize emotion in the voice.

Biblical Integration:

Colossians 4:6  “Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.”

Aunt Chip and the Great Triple Creek Dam Affair by Patricia Polacco

Summary:  Aunt Chip and the Triple Creek Dam Affair

As Eli was listening to  Aunt Charlotte tell stories, she asked him he read a certain book. He said nobody reads books; there are not any books in town. He continued to say everyone watched TV. She was aghast! Read the book to see what Aunt Charlotte does…..

Teach Voice while using the 6 Traits of Writing:

Assuming your class has already learned about using the trait of VOICE in writing, read reading Aunt Chip and the Triple Creek Dam Affair.  Ask the students to write out the VOICE of Aunt Charlotte, Eli, and the townspeople on an Anchor Chart. Ask the students to write a short story about living in a world without the internet, google, etc. Have them imagine students having to visit the library to learn about things they do not know. Be sure to emphasize using voice with each character in the story.

Bible Integration:

Proverbs 18:15 –

The mind of the discerning acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks it.

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