Tip: Double, Triple, And Quadruple Venn Diagrams
How do I do it?
Use Venn diagrams to compare and contrast information as a whole class, in small group, or individually. This can be done with pencil and paper, post-it notes on a wall or whiteboard, or picture or word cards in foldable desktop sorting circles (see image above.) Consider a topic or concept you are studying and divide it into it’s logical categories (e.g. food = meat, vegetables, grains, other; types of government = democracy, oligarchy, dictatorship; operations in math = add, subtract, divide, multiply; colors = hot, cold, etc.). Use the appropriate number of overlapping circles to compare and contrast aspects of the topic and demonstrate how to do so for the children. Make cards or choose images that students can then place in the correct circle. You can also do this with rectangles; a rectangle venn diagram is simply using overlapping rectangles instead of circles so that it is easier to write in the overlapping area.
Variations & Extensions:
If you carry out the compare and contrast Venn diagram whole class, give students individual blank diagrams to fill out as you work that they can then keep in their notes for reference. (Download FREE template here) Venn diagrams are a great pre-writing, during unit processing, or test-prep activity. Make cards on card stock with content vocabulary (e.g. democracy, photosynthesis, hello, goodbye, journey, latitude etc.) and descriptive words (e.g. fair, just, legal, right, wrong, greetings, funny, curvy, straight etc). Use 2 string circles to make a Venn Diagram and have groups talk & arrange words.
Common Core ELA Reading Standard 7
Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.
Common Core ELA Language Standard 5
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
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