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CareerStart lessons: Grade six
This collection of lessons aligns the sixth grade curriculum in math, science, English language arts, and social studies with potential career opportunities.
Format: (multiple pages)
Children and families in North Carolina
In this lesson plan, elementary students will analyze photographs of children from North Carolina provided by the Green ‘N’ Growing collection from the Special Collections Research Center at North Carolina State University. They will investigate how individuals and families are similar and different, and to begin to acquire an understanding of change over time.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–3 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
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.
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.
Comparing and contrasting Little Red Riding Hood stories
This lesson will introduce the Venn diagram to students. They will read two versions of the story "Little Red Riding Hood" and list details from each in separate diagrams.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2–4 English Language Arts)
By Amber Miller.
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.
Fairy tales: Another point of view
This lesson is on comparing and contrasting (alike and different) two different versions of The Three Little Pigs. Students will use the original fairy tale The Three Little Pigs previously learned in the lesson Fairy Tales and compare it to the story The True Story of the Three Little Pigs. This story gives the wolf's point of view.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1 Visual Arts Education, English Language Arts, English Language Development, and Theater Arts Education)
By Audra Penrod and Vivian Lages.
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.
Format: article/best practice
By David Walbert.
Hula hoop sorting
Students will use two large hula hoops to form a Venn Diagram. Then, using various colored paper shapes, they will recognize, and identify circles, squares, triangles, rectangles, hexagons, trapezoids, and parallelograms.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Mathematics)
By Diane Jackson.
Individual and family comparisons
Through a series of six activities, this lesson plan will help first-grade students to explore similarities and differences between individuals and families.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1 Social Studies)
By Julia R. Foote.
Inside and outside: Paradox of the box
This lesson serves to introduce students to symbolism (the box), to the literary element paradox, and to the abstract notion of ambiguity (freedom vs. confinement). It is designed for 2nd and 3rd graders, but may be adapted for use with upper elementary or early middle school grades.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2–6 English Language Arts)
By Edie McDowell.
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.
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.
Three Billy Goats Gruff
Students will examine language in three different versions of the traditional "Gruff" tale. These will be compared and contrasted through Venn diagrams. Each text will be introduced, examined, and contrasted in a different lesson.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1–2 English Language Arts)
By Sandra Doyle.
Using a Venn diagram to compare & contrast two types of bears
Students use their research on black bears and one other bear (panda, polar or grizzly) to complete a Venn Diagram.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1 Mathematics)
By Susan Lovett.
Using Venn diagrams to compare and contrast
In order to be able to compare and contrast weather in other places around the country and the world, the students will learn how to use a graphic organizer (Venn diagram) to visualize likeness and differences between two things.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2 English Language Arts and Science)
By Kelly Sharpe, Kathleen Hughes, Ruffin Priest, Sondra Walker, and Sandra McKee.

Resources on the web

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
Printable worksheets in PDF format that can be selected from the "free resouces" link on this subscription site. The worksheets can be printed in color to enhance interest. The pages contain elementary level concepts. (Learn more)
Format: website/activity
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
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