Civil War Activities: Create Your Own Trading Cards

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Take a look at this Civil War activity that is sure to captivate your students. Students will read about 6 historical figures that played an important part in the American Civil War and then answer comprehension questions on the organizers. Lastly, they will create a trading card for each person listed below.

It includes trading cards for the following influential people:

  • Abraham Lincoln
  • General Ulysses S. Grant
  • General Robert E. Lee
  • Harriet Tubman
  • Clara Barton
  • Union Soldier and Confederate Soldier

What's inside:

  • 6 Reading passages
  • 6 Biography Organizers
  • 6 Trading Cards (b/w and color)

Teacher Notes:

Over the years, I have seen my own children fall in love with collecting trading cards such as Pokemon. So I knew it would be fun for students to make their own trading cards about famous people in history. It’s also a great way to practice summarizing. And that is how this product came about.

Then I had a thought...What if students could save and collect trading cards throughout the school year for different units? These cards could be saved to review for tests or just for fun. (COMING SOON: NEW Trading Cards for my other units!)

I recommend buying library card pockets if you plan to have students collect them or keep them for other units. For best results, print the cards on cardstock or premium brochure and flyer paper from Office Depot. The cards will last longer and be more sturdy. Remember to set the printer on the best quality setting. There are labels in this pack to glue on the front of the pockets or you can write the names using a sharpie if desired. I hope your students love this project as much as mine do!

Suggestions for Use:

  • Use it at stations to introduce these influential people
  • Use this at the end of the unit as a review activity

Note: I have added these trading cards to my CIVIL WAR BUNDLE so if you already own it, you don't need to purchase this pack.

Students will love creating and collecting trading cards for all my social studies units.


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