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    Retelling Familiar Stories

    Retelling Familiar Stories


    This lesson is designed for Kindergarten students. Students will create a digital story using props and recording devices to retell a familiar story. Technology aspects of this lesson can be adjusted up or down depending on student ability. This lesson addresses the Kindergarten ELA Reading: Literature Standard 2 and 3.


    Title Image: Photo by Nong Vang on Unsplash


    This lesson is designed to give students an opportunity to retell a familiar story in a new format.

    • 45-60 minutes
    • Face-to-face format
    • Author: Emily Hepworth


    Background for Teachers

    To teach this lesson, you will need to be familiar with stories such as "The Three Little Pigs", "Little Red Riding Hood", and "The Boy Who Cried Wolf". You will need to know key details such as setting, characters, and major events for each story. Attached are short versions of each story for reference.

    Step 1 - Goals and Outcomes

    This lesson focuses on the Kindergarten Reading: Literature Standard 2: With prompting and support, retell familiar stories, including key details 


    Kindergarten Reading: Literature Standard 3: With prompting and support, identify characters, settings, and major events in a story.

    Learning Intentions:

    • Students will be able to retell a familiar story using key details.

    Success Criteria:

    • Students will use picutres to record and retell a familiar story using key details such as setting, characters, and main details.

    Step 2 - Planning Instruction


    Student Background Knowledge

    • Prior to this lesson, students will have heard all three stories mutliple times and in multiple formats. Students should be familiar with the main ideas of each story.

    Strategies for Diverse Learners

    Teachers can adjust this lesson to meet the needs of diverse learners. Students can hear and/or share stories in their native language. Students may also be given props to choose from to help them retell the story.

    Step 3 - Instruction

    Access student background knowledge by displaying characters from each story. Images can be found attached, or use your own. Show one set of characters at a time and have students work together to review the stories in their groups. 

    Each student will choose a story to retell in a digital story format. Students will choose copies of the clipart characters to cut and color, or they can choose to draw their own. Materials will be provided such as construction paper, crayons, markers, scissors, glue, string, etc. for students to create any backgrounds they wish. 

    Once their props are created, students will practice retelling their story to a partner.

    When the majority of students are ready, demonstrate how to record someone telling a story. Show them how to open the camera app and how to start/stop recording. Talk about trying to keep the camera on what you are trying to record.

    Partners will record each other retelling their story (assistance from teacher/volunteers as needed). Students can record using the camera function of their device. Students will first hold up a title page with their name and can be recorded holding the props while in the frame and telling the story or from behind the camera manipulating the props on the table.

    Extension Activity: Have students open their recording in iMovie and add a credit slide to the end. This should include their name as the storyteller and the name of their partner as the cameraman.

    • Files:
      • clipart for each story
      • printable title page 
      • example credit page

    Step 4 - Assessments


    Students will be assessed on their final product using the attached rubric.