Lesson Plan

Exploring Conflict Solving Skills through ToonTastic

Creating a Digital Story to demonstrate knowledge of Conflict Resolution
Tabitha L.
Classroom teacher
Davis-Ramoth School
Selawik, AK
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My Grades 3, 4
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts, English Language Learning

Students will be able to...

  • learn and develop digital storytelling skills through cartoon creation
  • create a story demonstrating a clear plot (beginning, middle, end)
  • review various problem-solving skills
  • share a digital story with their peers 

I CAN...

  • create a digital story using ToonTastic 3D.
  • follow a plot template to create a clear storyline.
  • present a completed project to my peers. 

Student Prerequisites: Familiarity with a iPad, Conflict Resolution skill and training.

ISTE Standards AK State Standards

1. Creativity and innovation: Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology.

4. Critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making: Students use critical thinking skills to plan and conduct research, manage projects, solve problems, and make informed decisions using appropriate digital tools and resources.

6. Technology operations and concepts: Students demonstrate a sound understanding of technology concepts, systems, and operations.

A2: A student should be able to operate technology-based tools. They should use technological tools for learning, communications, and productivity. 

C2: A student should be able to use technology to explore ideas, solve problems, and derive meaning. They should solve problems both individually and with others.

D1: A student should be able to use technology to express ideas and exchange information. They should convey ideas to a variety of audiences using publishing, multi-media, and communications tools.


English Language Arts
writing clearly
Social Studies
Grades 3 - 4
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1 Hook

Show students  ToonTastic video created by another student. 

Some Examples: "Scary Camp Story" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJq-NUFPsdU

"The Exciting Story" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICVVpJMJik4


  1. The Setup introduces the characters and story setting. What happens in the beginning scene of “The Exciting Story”?
  2. The Conflict creates a problem for the main character. What problem did the girl face in the Conflict scene? 
  3. The Resolution is where you show that the problem has been settled. How did the author show that the problem was solved in the Resolution scene? 

2 Direct Instruction

Activity: Conversing

Review the simple story plot our ToonTastic's will follow (Setup, Conflict, Resolution)  Brainstorm together a list of possible conflicts and their resolutions for a story. Write each on an index card.

Introduce class to the graphic organizer we will be using for this writing process.  Demonstrate completion of a graphic organizer using one of the class-generated conflict cards.

Divide the class into small groups.  Give each group one of the brainstormed conflicts, and allow them to work together to make a rough draft / script of their cartoon using the given graphic organizer.

3 Independent Practice

Divide the class into small groups.  Give each group one of the brainstormed conflicts, and allow them to work together to make a rough draft / script of their cartoon using the given ToonTastic graphic organizer.  Once finished, each group must get teacher approval on their draft before moving on to the next step.


Once teacher approval is given, students will begin creating their group ToonTastic cartoon.  A handout for creating a ToonTastic will be given to the students as a reminder of how to use the app.  Students will set up their story, choose music, and record dialogue.

4 Conclusion / Assessment

Activity: Presenting

Using an Apple TV or other screen sharing device, each group will present their completed stories to the class.  Make sure to share the final product with an authentic audience in the classroom and/or on the school website (if appropriate!)

Student work may be assessed on:

  • Clarity of Story (Clear beginning, middle end)
  • Conflict and appropriateness of solution 
  • Presentation to peers