Teacher Review For Trading Cards

Take traditional activities and trade up with Trading Cards.

Susie L.
Classroom teacher
Cecil Intermediate School
McDonald, PA
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My Grades 6
My Subjects English Language Arts, Social Studies
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 4
Support 3
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Great with General
Low literacy
Special needs
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.
My Take
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.