“Critical thinking is thinking about your thinking while you’re thinking in order to make your thinking better.” by Richard Paul
My new favorite FREE tool for the classroom, for grades 3-12, is Trading Cards; which is an iOS App and also web based by ReadWriteThink. This tool is user-friendly and allows students to practice 21st century skills with integration of Common Core Curriculum. The Trading Card tool gives students a choice to demonstrate their literacy knowledge by creating a trading card about a real or fictional character.
When you use this tool in the classroom, the learners apply all their 21st century skills. The students have to….
- critically think about the information they need to write in each section. The sections have guiding questions to help the students if they need it.
- communicate the information in 120 characters or less per section.
- create the card adding a picture of the character they are describing.
- collaborate if you have the students work together.
The tool is user friendly and the creator can chose different backgrounds/designs and can also organize the cards by putting them in different collections. My favorite feature is that you can also share the cards multiple ways. One way is you can download them to your camera roll and then upload them to Edmodo or Gaggle accounts and have class discussions about the cards. Having students create cards based on characters in their books help them think about perspective in a creative way. This is also a great way for students to reflect on a biography they have read to synthesize the information. There are a lot of lesson plans already created for grades 3-12, check them out here.
Here is the one I created on Steve Jobs on my iPad, then saved it to my camera roll.
If you have used ReadWriteThink- Trading Cards in the classroom I would love to know how; please share in the comment section.