What is a Venn Diagram?
Two items linked by characteristics or
Uses: Describe and compare attributes and characteristics of items (things, people,
places, events, ideas, books, etc.)
What items do you want to compare? What characteristics do the items have in
common (intersecting portion)? How are the items similar (the same) and different
(non intersecting portion) based on the characteristics?
Suggestions: Venn diagrams are useful when comparing two things and for use with younger
children. String or colored yarn can be used to make circles on the floor and manipulatives
and pictures are strongly encouraged. A useful tool to launch writing about
what is similar and what is not.
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