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Learning outcomes

By using the Venn Diagram to compare/contrast the characteristics of the chick and the duckling, the students will improve their observational and organizational skills.

Teacher planning

Time required for lesson

30 minutes



Students should have previous experience with Venn Diagrams and some knowledge of ducks and chicks.


  1. The teacher will read The Chick and the Duckling by Mirra Ginsburg. As the children recognize the pattern, they will probably join in. The teacher will lead a discussion of the book, focusing on how the chick and the duckling were alike/different.
  2. The teacher will then explain to the children that to see the comparisons more clearly, the class could make a Venn Diagram. If the class has not experienced this type of graphing, then more explanation would be required. Our class is familiar with the activity, so I would present it more as a review.
  3. The teacher would then place the paper with the diagram before the students and ask for observations about the chick and duckling. The students would decide if the characteristic described the chick, the duckling, or both. The teacher would write the students answers in the appropriate place as guided by the students. The lesson would continue in this manner, until students’ responses were exhausted.


North Carolina curriculum alignment

English Language Arts (2004)


Mathematics (2004)


Science (2005)