Arts & Humanities
Use a 3-circle Venn diagram to help students get to know one another and in many other ways across the curriculum.
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• This activity is a good one for the start of a school year.
• It can be used any time of the year to bring students together, increase tolerance, or make connections.
• It is also an excellent way to introduce the 3-circle Venn diagram and to provide a simple experience using the format before asking students to make the leap and use the diagram in other ways that require higher-level thinking skills (see Extend the Lesson below).
Arrange students into groups of three. Provide each group with a copy of a 3-circle Venn diagram.
Note: This 3-circle Venn diagram template can be printed for use, or students can download this editable template to a CD and use it to personalize their own diagrams.Provide each student with a different colored marker and have each student in the group label a different circle with his/her name. See how each area in the diagram below carries one of the students names:
Instruct students to talk about their similarities and differences; their likes and dislikes; the things they have in common and ways in which they differ. Have them illustrate their similarities and differences on the diagram. For example:
TipWhen the activity is complete, give each group time to use their diagram as a tool for reporting some of the things they learned about one another; some of the ways in which they are alike and different.
If students are having trouble getting a conversation going, you might stop the activity and take a few minutes as a class to brainstorm questions or topics of conversation.
Extend the Lesson
Now that students have experience working with a 3-circle Venn diagram you might have them use this tool to make comparisons across the curriculum. For example, students might
Students might use this Venn Diagram, 3 Circles online tool to create final, professional-looking versions of their diagrams.
Assess students based on the quality of their conversations and diagrams.
Lesson Plan Source
LANGUAGE ARTS: English
GRADES K - 12
NL-ENG.K-12.3 Evaluation Strategies
NL-ENG.K-12.4 Communication Skills
NL-ENG.K-12.7 Evaluating Data
NL-ENG.K-12.8 Developing Research Skills
NL-ENG.K-12.9 Multicultural Understanding
NL-ENG.K-12.12 Applying Language Skills
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