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Summer Trading Cards
Summer and reading go together like peanut butter and jelly. With this activity, children can extend the pleasure of a summer reading book and launch a favorite character into a new story. The Trading Card Creator interactive helps children analyze a character to identify traits such as appearance, feelings, and actions. Next, the child will use the same method to focus on a real-life character – a friend, relative, or even a famous person. What would happen if the book character and the real-life character met? That’s where the story begins.
By analyzing real people as they would book characters, children gain a deeper understanding of the elements that make up a fully developed character.