My students LOVED this task! They got to create their own trading cards, which they later used to play games that secretly helped them learn the material! BONUS: They even get to develop their technological literacy as they create the cards!
This bundle includes (editable):
- The task (in student friendly language)
- Learning goals + success criteria
- Research organizer
- Research guide (a guide to assist students in finding the appropriate information)
- Template (depicts where each type of information goes)
- Trading games instructions (for once the cards are complete)
- Blank templates (to be used on Google Drawing, where students will input their info)
How I implemented this task:
- This was a final summative task at the end of our unit. Therefore, my students were already comfortable with all the vocabulary.
- Students got in partners and divided up the rocks and minerals they were to research and picked a DIFFERENT rock and mineral of their choice from their partner.
- I modelled how to conduct research and input it into the graphic organizer
- After their research was complete, they would compare it with another student in the class who researched the same rock/mineral to ensure their findings were correct. If there were differences in their findings, they would research together to find the appropriate information.
- Once their research was complete and it was approved by me, they were ready to begin creating their cards.
- I modelled how to locate the shared file in their google drive, how to make a copy into their own drive, and how to use Google Drawings to input their information.
- I assigned each student to be responsible for 2 rocks and 2 minerals. As I wanted at least 1 card created for each rock and mineral, I assigned these myself.
- I gave students the freedom to choose any font, as I wanted to give them the opportunity to make it their own. The only rule was that they had to get it approved by me as a clear enough font.
- Once students were done, they printed their cards out and began drawing their pictures.
- I photocopied each card so that each student in the class could have a copy of each rock and mineral. As a result, each student had a full deck of trading cards which was a collaborative effort from all their classmates. Students felt proud of what they had accomplished, as they worked very hard and created a final piece that looked very professional.
- I was so proud of how hard they worked that I even laminated them for them, which made it that much more exciting for them!
- Finally, students were able to use their newly made cards to play games. Although the games seem like they are just for fun, they are actually helping the students remember which items are rocks and which are minerals, which are harder and which are softer, and much, much more!
- Do not provide a research guide for students who are more familiar with conducting research
- Hand write the information instead of typing it up
- Allow students to pick all the rocks and minerals instead of providing them with a list
Feel free to message me with any questions :)