I Lost My Tooth in Africa – narrative

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Lesson: (this lesson may take several days)

Before reading the book, ask the class who has lost a tooth? What happened when they lost the tooth? What did they do with the tooth? In Mali, it is tradition to put the tooth under a gourd. The African Tooth Fairy will then replace the tooth with a chicken!
Read the story to the class.
After reading, have the children write their own narratives about loosing a tooth: I Lost My Tooth in ___________________________.
You can further the discussion by reading: Throw Your Tooth on the Roof: Tooth Traditions from Around the World, by Selby B. Beeler

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