Trading Card Maker

Knowledge Constructor
Abe Lincoln statue head on trading card


The Trading Card tool gives students an alternative way to demonstrate their literacy knowledge and skill when writing about popular culture texts or real world examples. This interactive allows students to create their own trading card about a real or fictional person, place, object, event, or abstract concept.

Trading Card Creator - ReadWriteThink. (n.d.). 

Students will:

  • Be able to demonstrate their literacy knowledge and skill when writing about popular culture texts or real world examples. 
  • Be able to use the Trading Card Creator app for later use in a variety of classroom activities such as writing a biography, describing an abstract concept, etc.

Vocabulary Words:

  1. PDF: PDF is a file format that provides an electronic image of text or text and graphics that looks like a printed document and can be viewed, printed, and electronically transmitted.

To prepare for this lesson:

  • Review the tutorial on how to use the Trading Card Creator interactive.
  • Review the tutorial on how to save student work when using the Trading Card Creator if you anticipate students completing assignments across multiple sessions or for use in submitting work. Assignments may be emailed or a final copy saved in a PDF format. 

See Accommodations Page and Charts on the site in the Teacher Resources. 

Directions for this activity:

  1. Instruct students on how to navigate to the website for creating Trading Cards
  2. Students enter their name or designated identification. The teacher then models how to enter information and select a format for the card.
  3. Students enter the topic title and select a card format.
  4. Students complete the various fields and use the arrows to navigate back and forth between card sections as needed.
  5. Students may either save the file at the end, email it, or create a PDF of the final copy. The teacher should model with the class how to save, email or create a PDF for submission.

Different options for assessing the students:

MITECS: Michigan adopted the "ISTE Standards for Students" called MITECS (Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students) in 2018.

Knowledge Constructor
3c. Students curate information from digital resources using a variety of tools and methods to create collections of artifacts that demonstrate meaningful connections or conclusions.

Device: Works across all devices, but requires Adobe Flash. There are free apps for iPad and Android devices available here 

iPads could also use the Puffin browser in order for Flash to be accessible.


Ducksters Biographies

Lesson Plans and Ideas for Use

Trading Card Maker Tutorial


3.W.2A  Create an illustrated  biography trading card  by researching and grouping like information together.

3.GA.1 Create trading cards for different shapes and their respective attributes then sort cards into the different categories (e.g. rectangle is a quadrilateral).

3-ESS2-2 Obtain and combine information to describe climates in regions or around the world to create trading cards representing each area.

3-P4.2.2, 3-PS.1.3 Create trading cards to help inform others about how conflicts over the core democratic values lead people to differ on public policy issues.

This task card was created by Patricia Paxton, Armada Area Schools, January 2018.