As signature subhead reverse@2x
Resources
Galaxies
Galaxy Trading Cards
Half size card preview galaxy 2x

This collection of nine cards focuses on the three types of galaxies: spiral, elliptical, and irregular. Each card displays a color image of a galaxy on one side and describes the galaxy's type, its location within a constellation, and interesting facts on the other side. Just download the PDF, print, and fold in half to make each card. The top card lists games that can be played with the cards.

Description

"Galaxy Trading Cards" is a collection of nine cards that focuses on the three types of galaxies: spiral, elliptical, and irregular. Each card displays a color image of a galaxy on one side and describes the galaxy's type, its location within a constellation, and interesting facts on the other side. Just download the PDF, print, and fold in half to make each card. The Hubble Space Telescope card lists suggested ways of using the cards for games and learning activities.

Printer-friendly PDF
6-8, but the material can be adapted for use in other grades at the teacher's discretion
(360 KB)
How to use in the classroom

Teachers can use these Trading Cards as:

A content reading tool. Students can read the cards to learn about different types of galaxies and their characteristics.  

A sorting and classifying activity. Students can use the information on the cards to identify properties of galaxies and then sort and classify the cards based on these properties. Students can arrange the cards based on properties such as shape, color, location, and galaxy type.  Students can learn about galaxy classification by looking at the galaxy pictures and matching them with the icons used on the cards.

A pattern and property recognition activity. Using two decks of cards, students can play a Concentration-type game that can help reinforce pattern and property recognition skills. Students can match similar pictures of galaxies or match galaxy pictures to facts.

An extension activity. Once students have read the cards, they can do one or more of the following:


  • Students can think of questions to ask about the galaxies on the cards. Students can then be assigned questions to research in order to find the answers.

  • Students can identify their favorite galaxy and explain why it is their favorite.

  • Using a chart of the night sky, students can locate the constellations on the cards in the correct hemisphere.

Related materials

Amazing Space resources by topic: Galaxies