How I Use It
I used Trading Cards while reading the novel The Upstairs Room by Johanna Reiss. I tiered the activity by having the high students make a trading card for the upstairs room setting, the mid-range make a card for WWII, and the low-ability group reflect on the main character, Annie. As a reading teacher, I especially appreciate the guiding questions that are embedded. The students are asked to explain a setting's significance and make personal connections to topics when appropriate.
Making trading cards for words, subjects, events, and characters studied in the classroom is not new. But due to their relatively small size, the final products are often messy. The Trading Cards app allows students to reflect on what they have learned through a series of higher level thinking questions and produce something that they can be proud of.