Trading Card Reports - Digital Camera Project
Trading cards can be a fun way to make reports a more exciting
assignment, one that increases interest, participation and most of all - learning. By
using a digital camera, a word processor, and some card stock paper it is
possible to make an interesting short form report presentation. In this
activity, students create trading cards using digital camera images as
the focus of the card. The trading card project is best when printed on card stock or
heavy bond paper. The card report may include an image and supporting information such as the author's
name, a short story, poem, description, or summary. These trading cards could
also be used to create flash cards, or as part of a reading project, in which
the student recreates as an image a portion of a story and then includes either
a description or the passage.
Completed sample project (pdf).
To complete this Trading Card project you will need the following
- Digital camera images
- 8½ x 11-card stock or heavy bond paper
- Printer (color is better)
- Start the process by taking some digital pictures with
your camera to use as the focus of the trading card, and then
download the images into a computer. Your card can use one image.
- Create your trading cards by next downloading the
trading card template. This is a very basic template and you should feel free
to add or make changes as you see fit. There are two different forms of the
template available: one that makes two cards and the other which creates
four cards. Either click on the link and when prompted choose the Save as
option, or right click on the link and save the template to your own
The MS Word template is available for the trading card at:
- To add your images to the trading cards, use the insert option from the word processor program.
Highlight the indicated text and add your picture onto
the card where indicated by choosing the menu option Insert, then
Picture, then From file. Browse to the desired picture location,
select the picture and click on OK. Adjust the size of your image to make it fit in the space
on the card layout. First select the picture by clicking on it, then
resize by pulling the corners to fit into the appropriate space. You may wish
to use your image tools to crop the image before or after adjusting the
- Now use the blank sections to title and write your
report. The report area is sufficient for one to two paragraphs (this
will become the back of the card later). You can change the font
size and style of the report section. Use the
image as the focus of what you are writing about. Don't forget to add titles
to your card in the upper right and lower left sections. Now double click on
the "Your Text Here" to create your own headline statement. Double clicking
should open the Word Art pop-up. Replace the highlighted statement with one
of your own.
- Now print out the the trading card using your printer.
This will require two printings: once for the font and once for the back.
After the card prints the first time turn it over and print on the back of
the paper. The template is designed so that the second printing should put a
back on the image section and an image on the back section. Two card
template will produce two identical cards. The four card template will make
identical sets at the top and bottom (although you can make these
- Using your scissors cut out the trading card. This
will create two identical trading cards, one to keep and one to share.