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Solar System Trading Cards

As many of you know, 3rd grade has a tremendous amount of testing that they are responsible for and in our school, the only grade level with a full time assistant is Kindergarten. So, to get some of their one on one testing done, we got creative and planned some units to do in the library to go with their classroom curriculum and planned them during their testing windows. This way, the students still get instruction, they get some research projects done, and the teachers can pull students to test one on one while the class is working. We already did a carnivorous plants unit, but I didn’t remember to take any pictures. So, here are some pictures for our current unit on the solar system to enrich the classroom teaching piece and get the kids excited. The fronts of the cards have a title and a picture and the backs have facts and a citation. They started with a graphic organizer to gather the information. We used print books for this since they usually use online resources and I love the series we have on the planets. I wanted them to practice with text features and charts and these books use those well. In fact, I think the part the kids liked best was when they finished their cards, I let them swap books just to read about some of the other planets and they LOVED it. They just don’t get a lot of time to read without it being connected to an end product. Non fiction text reading – kids excited about curriculum – reading with text features – WIN WIN WIN!

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graphic organizer and back of trading card

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front of trading card

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Planet Trading Cards

Third graders were working on planet research just before Winter Break and created trading cards about their planets. They really seem to like having a different type of end project rather than an essay or something like that, so I wanted them to be able to draw this time. I chose to create handmade trading cards for that reason even though sites like Big Huge Labs is another way to make some great online cards. We used the Big 6 process of course and used non-fiction books to research the planets since we used online sources for the plant project earlier this year. The students were asked to draw the planet and title it on one side, then add the facts from their graphic organizer along with the citation on the back.  Here is an example of one student’s work with her graphic organizer and card.

This is the graphic organizer we used.

This is the graphic organizer we used.

This is the front of a student card.

This is the front of a student card.

This is the back of a student card.

This is the back of a student card.