Elementary English Language Arts
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When I Lost a Tooth

When I Lost a Tooth


This lesson involves students creating a digital story about a time when they lost a tooth. It will connect to their narrative writing standard in 3rd grade, as well as to the speaking and listening standard when they produce the digital story from their writing and planning. 


Students will create a digital story about a time when they lost a tooth. This is a fictional narrative from the third grader's point of view. It will be a writing assignment that turns into a digital storytelling project of their own. It will take approximately 45 minutes for the lesson, with an additional day needed if students need more time creating the content via technology. It will be done in a synchronous format, as a class working on creating their story with content and details. 

Background for Teachers

Teachers must understand the steps of digital storytelling, and the details needed for students to create their own digital story. You will need an understanding of iMovie and hopefully at this point the children will have that knowledge as well, to create their story. If they do not, you will need to help them to create with the information they have gathered and prepared for their story. 

It will also help to understand the writing process for a narrative piece. We tie that format in to this lesson to lead into the students telling their story of losing a tooth. 

Student Prior Knowledge

Students will need to have an understanding of how to write a personal narrative. They will also need to understand how to use iMovie, or be familiar enough with it for you to help them create their stories using images, music, and recording audio. 

Diverse Learners: Students that struggle with writing, can draw their personal story adding details through images along the way. If they need assistance with iMovie, be prepared to assist them with gathering and preparing their story. 


Student Learning Intentions & Success Criteria

Learning Intentions:

Students will be able to create a personal narrative from beginning to end, using detailed sentences.

They will be able to share it through digital storytelling.

Success Criteria:

Students will tell a detailed story of a time when they lost a tooth with a beginning, middle and end.

Students will include many details to describe the story for the reader. 

Instructional Procedures

1. The lesson will begin with students brainstorming information about a time when they lost a tooth. Adding as many details as they can to a graphic organizer/Storyboard.

2. After they have gathered their ideas, they will write out the details for each of the 6 images to be put together in a personal narrative. The students can use the writing paper or a notebook to write out 1-2 sentences describing each image they chose for the story. 

3. Students will share their stories with a partner, and assess if they will need to add any more details from the feedback that their partner gives them. 

4. This portion of the lesson may take a second day to complete. After they have edited and added more details to their story, they can begin to creat their digital story. Students will follow their storyboard to create a story using iMovie as their form of media for this assignment. 

5. The students can use the images that they have drawn on their storyboard for the images on their story. They can use the ipad in the classroom to take pictures of their storyboard images. They will need to record themselves reading, or telling their story following the text they have written as closely as they can. All of this can be done in iMovie.

6. The two skills needed on iMovie for the story are adding images and the students recording their own audio as they tell their story. The students can edit the images and the audio in the app to complete the assignment and be able to share with others. 

6. After the students have created their Digital Story, they can assess themselves on their writing portion of their assignment and see if they have completed all of the required items. 

7. The students can share their stories with other students, or they can be shared with the whole class. 



Assessment Plan

1. This rubric can be used for the writing portion of the lesson, but I would let the kids use it more as a guideline since the main focus for this lesson is on the digital storytelling itself.

2. Self Assessment/Reflection.


These rubrics/self assessments were found at


Students will be assessed by the teacher on their final product from iMovie. The students will also be able to assess their writing skills from a narrative rubric and self assessment.