Recently we looked at some of the helpful options for starting a new PowerPoint, like templates. Today we will zoom in for a closer look at how one of those templates, Trading Cards, works. This will be a really short post today, because it is so easy to do, so there aren’t many directions!
Why would you have your students make trading cards? No matter what you teach, there is a use for trading cards.
English Language Arts Trading Card Ideas
There are some obvious use cases in English/Language Arts and Social Studies. Students can create cards for characters in stories and novels, and even create a whole deck (or slideshow) as they encounter new characters. But how about if te students are writing? If they are writing, they can create cards for characters in their own stories, either after writing, or as prewriting.
How about a trading card for each part of speech? Or each step in a plot diagram?
History/Social Studies Trading Cards
The example below is on Martin Luther King. Certainly creating a biographical card of any historical figure is an obvious choice. But thinking of trading card games like Pokemon, there are cards for items and even types of energy. In the same way, students could make trading cards for historical events or battles or maybe important inventions.
I’ve used trading cards in Biology for organisms, for scientists, and for forms of asexual reproduction. In addition, they could be made for elements or compounds.
Lest math teachers think they are the left-out-exception once again, consider trading cards for operations, fraction, decimal, percent, and geometric shapes, and for higher grade levels, algebraic properties and geometry theorems.
Artists, athletes, and performers are other ideas for people, but sports, specific activities (free throw, jump shot, batting, throwing and catching) work as well.
I’m just scratching the surface here, so use your own creativity in whatever areas you teach to come up with other applications.
Now, here’s how easy it is.
Open PowerPoint and click to create a new presentation. Search for “Trading”.
Start a new PowerPoint
Click on the trading cards icon to begin.
Choose Trading Cards Template
A presentation template opens up with 11 slides. Some are directions
and others are slides that students will edit.
Editing Content Slides
There is also a completed sample included (Martin Luther King and John F. Kennedy).
Sample Civil Rights Trading Cards
The final slide consists of a link to Instructions to edit the template and a place to give Microsoft feedback on this feature.