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Trading Information about Minerals Through Trading Cards

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Trading Information about Minerals Through Trading Cards

Grades 6 – 8
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Four 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Kathy Wickline

Kathy Wickline

Tolono, Illinois


National Council of Teachers of English



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In this lesson, students research properties of minerals and then demonstrate their understanding of the information by producing creative trading cards using the easy and engaging Trading Cards Mobile App.  Using the mobile devices' cameras, the students include a photo that illustrates the use of their minerals in their lives.  Then the students share their trading cards, which can be printed or projected on a whiteboard, thus building the class's knowledge about minerals through this fun, interactive app.

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  • Trading Cards Mobile App:  Students will use this free mobile app from ReadWriteThink to create trading cards that illustrate the properties of minerals.
  • Mineralogy 4 Kids:  Students will use this website to explore the terminology used to refer to the properties of minerals.

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The use of in the Trading Cards Mobile App classroom supports the NCTE Definition of 21st Century Literacies.  According to this definition, “Active, successful participants in this 21st century global society must be able to develop proficiency and fluency with the tools of technology” and therefore, exposure to mobile apps, such as Trading Cards is a vital part of the classroom experience.  Furthermore, as Xu, Perkins, and Zunich point out, the familiar trading card format to express their knowledge may motivate reluctant or struggling learners.

Xu S.H., Perkins, R.S., & Zunich, L.O. (2005). Trading cards to comic strips: Popular culture texts and literacy learning in grades K–8. Newark, DE: International Reading Association.

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