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

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The mythology connection
Mythology is fascinating and students enjoy the research and learning more about different characters. By allowing them to choose some of the activities for the booklet, they take more ownership in learning. They also enjoy dressing up and pretending to become a mythological character. This unit incorporates many goals in a fun and stimulating way.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 English Language Arts)
By Cindy Bowman.
Real-world approaches to reading
Techniques for providing children with the literacy-rich environment that is crucial to both reading and writing success.
By Alta Allen.
The North Carolina mountains in the early 1900s through the writing and photography of Horace Kephart
Students will develop an understanding of daily life and culture in the mountains of North Carolina during the early 20th century through photographs and written sources; practice visual literacy skills and gain experience analyzing visual and written sources of historical information; and learn to revise their early analyses of historical sources and to synthesize the information found in different kinds of primary documents by planning a museum exhibit.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Kathryn Walbert.

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Venn Diagrams and Logic
This lesson focuses on using Venn diagrams to explore three types of deductive reasoning: direct, indirect, and transitive reasoning. (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Mathematics)
Provided by: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
Classifying numbers
Students use Venn diagrams to represent the relationships between the factors or products of two numbers. Illuminations provides helpful activity sheets and detailed instructions for completing the lesson. Students will: Review multiplication... (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–7 Mathematics)
Provided by: Illuminations
Introducing the Venn diagram in the kindergarten classroom
This ReadWriteThink lesson offers ideas for using Venn diagrams in the primary classroom. Choose among these ideas for using hula hoops and real objects to introduce the Venn diagram to young children as they sort, compare and contrast, and organize information... (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade K–2 English Language Arts and Mathematics)
Provided by: ReadWriteThink
In this Illuminations lesson, students identify and classify polygons according to various attributes. They then sort the polygons in Venn Diagrams, according to these attributes. Students will: precisely describe, classify, and understand... (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 3 and 5 Mathematics)
Provided by: Illuminations
Sorting time
In this lesson, the second of a nine-part unit from Illuminations titled “Powerful Patterns,” students sort objects and symbols and make patterns with sorted objects. They make Venn diagrams and use their sortings to make linear patterns. They... (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade K–2 Mathematics)
Provided by: Illuminations
Alike and different
This lesson focuses on the observation of properties and the classification of objects to build ideas about variables. Students compare objects to identify similarities and differences. In addition, students are introduced to Venn Diagrams. (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade K–1 Mathematics)
Provided by: Illuminations
Many sets of buttons
This Illuminations lesson is the second of an eight-part unit titled “Begin With Buttons.” In this lesson, students classify buttons and make disjointed and overlapping Venn diagrams. In an extension, they make and record linear patterns.... (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade K–1 Mathematics)
Provided by: Illuminations
Using Venn diagrams to compare two ecosystems
The following activity helps students identify and describe differences between two related ecosystems. (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 6 and 9–12 Science)
Provided by: National Geographic
Be a reading detective: Finding similarities and differences in ideas
Students learn to use Venn diagrams as a tool for comparing and contrasting subjects in nonfiction writing. After participating in an introductory activity comparing apples and oranges, students work in small groups to compare other items by listing the... (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–5 English Language Arts)
Provided by: ReadWriteThink
Literary parodies: Exploring a writer's style through imitation
By exploring sample poems and their parodies, students focus on the language and style of the original writer and try to emulate the poem. After reading “This is Just to Say” by William Carlos Williams, the class discusses their feelings and... (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 9 and 11 English Language Arts)
Provided by: ReadWriteThink
Pigging out
This Illuminations lesson plan, one of two lessons in the curriculum unit titled “A Tale of Two Stories,” is inspired by children's natural curiosity about fantasy and fairy tales and focuses on the process of classification, especially an awareness... (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade )
Provided by: Illuminations
My life/your life: A look at your parents' past
The goal of this lesson is to help students make connections between their experiences and those of their parents through reflection and writing. After students become familiar with the format of interviews by evaluating sample questions and answers of... (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 English Language Arts)
Provided by: ReadWriteThink
Crocs, then and now
Students investigate the geographical distributions, habitats, and other features of modern crocodilians and the so-called SuperCroc (Sarcosuchus imperator). Students will consider the things they can learn about one species by studying the other. (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 8–12 Science)
Provided by: National Geographic