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Trading Cards

Grades 3 – 8

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ReadWriteThink's Trading Cards app allows kids and teens a unique way to share their understanding of various topics, to build study aids for school, or to create their own fictional world of characters.

Create trading cards for any number of categories, including:

  • Fictional person
  • Real person
  • Fictional place
  • Real place
  • Object
  • Event
  • Vocabulary word

Each category has specific guiding questions for creating a dynamic, information-rich trading card. Summarizing skills are critical as they drill down to the most important information to fit on the card. In addition, they become aware of writing for an audience because they can share their cards with others.

Part of the appeal of trading cards is being able to sort them into collections. Have kids and teens build a collection of cards for characters from their favorite book, landmarks in their favorite city, events from a period in history they find interesting, or vocabulary words by school subject.


  • Multi-user card storage
  • Management of users by deleting and restoring within 2 weeks
  • 7 card categories, each with a targeted set of guiding questions that cover key information
  • Ability to add and edit an image from your device's camera or photo library
  • 12 card designs for styling cards
  • Helpful how-to information on each screen
  • Ability to create collections of completed cards
  • Auto-saving of cards as they are created
  • Viewing of finished card for proofreading
  • Ability to save card to photos
  • Ability to print card on a wireless printer
  • Ability to send card by e-mail

Trading Cards is an educational app for all ages that adds creativity and fun to the learning process.  If you have ideas for educational uses for this app in school or at home, please Contact Us.

Privacy: Your trading cards are private unless you decide to share them by e-mail.  ReadWriteThink.org does not store any personal information from this app.


  • ReadWriteThink’s Trading Cards app allows kids and teens a unique way to share their understanding of various topics, to build study aids for school, or to create their own fictional world of characters.

  • Splash screen for Trading Cards

  • Create a username to complete, save, and share your trading cards!

  • Type your card topic and choose a card type to get started.

  • Guiding questions help you complete the card about your topic.

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Lessons That Use This Mobile App

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Grades   2 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Minilesson

Bringing Economic Vocabulary to Life Through Video Posters

Imagine if vocabulary could come alive with the click of a button! Students create video posters to demonstrate knowledge of new economics vocabulary.


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Grades   7 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Picture This: Student Created Online Vocabulary Flashcards

Let the students be the vocabulary experts! Prior to whole class instruction, students create online flashcards and teach the class the new vocabulary.


Grades   6 – 9  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Poppin' Fun with Physical and Chemical Changes

Students will enjoy learning about physical and chemical changes as they turn their own photos into a narrated video using the iPad app SonicPics to illustrate (and eat) their results from a popcorn lab.


Grades   6 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Highlighting Out-of-School Language Expertise with Pop Culture Dictionaries

Students compose dictionary entries for words and phrases from pop culture texts (e.g., television shows, movies, lyrics, YouTube videos), connecting their definitions to their personal use of the terms.


Grades   3 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Trading Card Creator

This tool provides a fun and useful way to explore a variety of topics such as a character in a book, a person or place from history, or even a physical object. An excellent tool to for summarizing or as a prewriting exercise for original stories.


Grades   K – 8  |  Professional Library  |  Book

Trading Cards to Comic Strips: Popular Culture Texts and Literacy Learning in Grades K-8

This resource shows how to use television, movies, video games, music, magazines, and other media to motivate students and enhance literacy learning.


Grades   1 – 5  |  Professional Library  |  Journal

eVoc Strategies: 10 Ways to Use Technology to Build Vocabulary

Drawing on research-based principles of vocabulary instruction and multimedia learning, this article presents 10 eVoc strategies that use free digital tools and Internet resources to evoke students' engaged vocabulary learning.


Grades   1 – 3, 5  |  Professional Library  |  Journal

Exploring the Use of the iPad for Literacy Learning

The goal of this investigation was to explore how a fourth grade teacher could integrate iPads into her literacy instruction to simultaneously teach print-based and digital literacy goals.


Related Parent & Afterschool Resources

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Grades   K – 3  |  Tip & How-To

Talk it Up! Expanding a Child's Vocabulary

One way to help early readers begin to make sense of what they're reading is to help them build their vocabulary. In this Tip, learn how to ask questions and have conversations with a child to integrate new words into his/her vocabulary.