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Introduction to Venn diagrams
Students will learn how to use a Venn diagram to categorize data. This activity is done as an introduction to Venn diagrams.
Format: lesson plan (grade 5 Mathematics)
By Melissa Bancroft.
Comparing/contrasting characters: A Taste of Blackberries
This lesson is designed to use with Chapter 1 of the novel A Taste of Blackberries. Students will use a Venn Diagram to compare and contrast the two main characters and then relate the material to their own lives.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–5 English Language Arts)
By Denise Caudle.
Comparing & contrasting real & make-believe bears
Student pairs create a Venn Diagram in their Bear Research Journal listing things that are the same and different about real and make-believe bears.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1 English Language Arts and Mathematics)
By Susan Lovett.
Is it a duck? Is it a chick?
Students will compare and contrast the characteristics of a chick and a duckling by using a Venn Diagram.
Format: lesson plan (grade K English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science)
By Debbie Beeson.
Comparing and contrasting careers
In CareerStart lessons: Grade six, page 1.9
This lesson for grade six will help students understand comparing and contrasting. Students will conduct career surveys with adults and will use the results to create Venn diagrams.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 English Language Arts and Guidance)
By Jennifer Brookshire and Julie McCann.

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Visual tool composed of two or more overlapping circles used to show relationships between sets of items.

Venn diagram

Additional information

In the classroom, the term “Venn diagram” is most often used to describe a specific type of graphic organizer that shows similarities and differences between two or more items. When used to compare two items, these may be referred to as double bubble charts.

In many cases, these graphic organizers are not true Venn diagrams according to the strict mathematical definition of the term. For more on classification, double bubble charts, and true Venn diagrams, see the article “Higher Order Thinking with Venn Diagrams.”

Examples and resources

Higher order thinking with Venn diagrams
Graphic organizers are powerful ways to help students understand complex ideas. By adapting and building on basic Venn diagrams, you can move beyond comparison and diagram classification systems that encourage students to recognize complex relationships.
By David Walbert
Blank Venn diagrams
Printable blank diagrams are available from 2learn.ca.
Introduction to Venn diagrams
This lesson plan can be used to introduce the mathematical concept of Venn diagrams to students in many grade levels.
Basic Venn diagrams
An overview on using double bubble charts as graphic organizers from The Graphic Organizer.