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My students really enjoy doing this project where they create trading cards for the free reading books. We look at examples of different types of cards (baseball, Pokemon, etc.) to identify what makes a card appealing, and we discuss the elements most likely to grab attention. I provide students with index cards (lined on one side.) I have used both 4 x 6 and 5 x 8 cards.
After students have created the cards, we meet in small groups to share and discuss. You can also collect the cards in binders to use as book recommendations for current and future students. Students come away with new ideas for books they might want to read. A rubric is included.
The documents within the zip file are all in pdf format.
All of the items I share on TPT are ones I actually use in my middle school classroom. Most have been revised multiple times based on "test runs" with my students. I work hard to make information accessible to students in a fun and simple way while still challenging students to meet and exceed their abilities. Most of my assignments can be used with all ability levels; differentiation comes in my expectations of what individual students or groups can achieve. Many of my activities can be used with individual students or cooperative groups.
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