Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Using the Trading Card app to teach Social Studies

Hello Fabulous Followers!

It's Erin from The Elementary Darling. Welcome to day three of our blog :) 
We are so excited that you have stopped by !

Today is our first post for Technology Tuesday and I will be talking about how I use the Trading Card app for my students to learn Social Studies!

Just a little recap, I teach first grade Advanced Content and Gifted students. I am constantly looking for new ways to make Social Studies interesting. I know we aren't the only grade with a ton of people to learn about, so this app allows for some creativity while learning. One great thing about the Trading Card app is that it is FREE! Free, my friends, you can't beat that! It is also made by readwritethink.org so you know that it is going to be a great resource!

Basically you can use this for SO many different things, but the feature that I want to show you today is the "Real Person" feature. As you can tell from the picture, you could use this for characters in a book, a place you are learning about (Georgia of course :)) or any other wonderful topics!

First you click the card you would like to make. I chose Real Person. Then type in your topic name into the card title. This week we are learning about George Washington Carver.

Next, you  create a new card.

Then, you type in your information. Some of the information may be harder for younger students, so for my kiddos I skipped the quotes section. They can even change their card design, which they love!

Front of the card

Back of the card

These can be emailed or saved. If your students have access to send them, it really would be a great way to share with other students. Since my students are young, I had them complete this activity on paper before they typed them. It helps us organize our thoughts. 

I created a freebie just for you guys! I hope you can use this for one of your lessons in the future!
(Please excuse my terrible drawing skills, the students haven't finished their papers yet.) ;)