The Element Trading Card is a graphic organizer that allows students to research different elements from the Periodic Table. This product is meant to be printed two trading cards to a page. It includes a front and back side, as well as a website for students to use to research their element. The trading card is black and white so students can add color and show their creativity as well.
The front side of the trading card includes basic directions, space for students to create the element key, basic details about their element, and two short answer questions.
The back side of the trading card requires higher level thinking. Students are asked to find three ways their element is used in the real world, along with pictures to show the element in use.
I have used the Element Trading Card every year that I've taught science at the middle school level. I have used it as an in-class assignment as well as homework. Students enjoy choosing elements that are interesting to them and discovering more about them through research. You can also assign different elements to each of your students and have them share what they discovered about their element.
I hope you enjoy using this in your science lesson!