Sep 21

deck3936797.jpgdeck23019051.jpg Recently my sixth grade students have been working on a research project about our National Parks. One of their project choices was making a National Park trading card based on their research using this site:

I had a few directions written down for the students and they had no problems doing this without much assistance. After they created the card, they dragged it to their desktop. Then they doubleclicked on the image to open it full size and were able to print the card full size without all the other text on the website page. (We are on Macs, so I’m not sure how this will work on a PC, sorry.)

I also discovered if your Mac is running Leopard, that there is a print option that allows you to print 4 smaller copies on one page, so that they are in trading card size. At least this works with my printer settings – you’ll have to explore and see if you can find a similar option that works on your machines.


The students loved making these cards. It is the kind of project that could be adapted to almost any subject. You could even have the students do these at home as a homework assignment as a fun way to publish a paragraph or report!

8 Responses to “National Park Trading Cards”

  1. Big Huge Blog » Blog Archive » Students create national park trading cards Says:

    […] Read more about the project at Karen’s blog… […]

  2. admin Says:

    VERY cool! So how do I get a set?

  3. anne marie Says:

    LOVE it what a wonderful, creative idea. I am definitely passing the word about this project. Thanks so much for sharing.

  4. Creating Things Is a Good Way to Take Care of Yourself « Catherine Carey Says:

    […] If you have trading card mania you might like, […]

  5. Make Your Own Trading Cards — Elizabeth B. Thomsen Says:

    […] Karen Bosch has an interesting post about how her students made their own National Park Trading Cards using the online Trading Card Maker. Looks like a nice project, a good way to teach the kids to […]

  6. Elizabeth Thomsen Says:

    Great idea! I linked to this on my blog with some examples of using the Trading Card Maker for library local history projects:

  7. Rod Murrow Says:

    This would be a great way to preserve one’s family heritage – by making “Family History” cards. They would quickly become highly collectible items for family members with an inclination toward genealogy.

  8. Thing 7: Generating interest « Erin’s Things Says:

    […] Jennifer O’Neill mentions some great uses for these tools in libraries.  Besides designing cool stuff themselves, a library or school media center could build a program around these and post the creations of patrons/students to the library/ school website or blog.  The program can be a contest, with prizes awarded as an added incentive.  The creations can be used to promote library services or specific events, or highlight specific library materials.  Check out this Big Huge Labs blog post about a sixth grade teacher who used the Trading Card maker for a class research project. […]

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