Academic Trading Cards are a fun easy way to liven up your nonfiction unit. These cards increase student engagement and excitement for learning. I've used these trading cards at my high-poverty, majority English Language Learner school for many years. Even those these cards are hand-drawn and feature no athletes or cartoon characters, my students loved them! Collecting cards is fun at all ages.
You can hand out the cards as a way to reinforce behavior. Students are eager to earn cards to add to their collections and they love reading and learning about their cards. The more advanced vocabulary used on the cards gives students another opportunity to use and learn more academic language.
Key words: GLAD, Scouts, Lewis and Clark, behavior, ELL, ESL, vocabulary, historian awards.