Saturday, July 23, 2011

Comparing Animals with Venn Diagrams

A Venn Diagram is a graphic organizer that compares/contrasts two or more things.

When students compare and contrast, they observe the similarities and differences between things. The Venn Diagram shows how things are alike and how they are different.

A Venn Diagram is made with two overlapping circles. Where the circles overlap, students write the characteristics that the two things have in common. To the right and left of the overlapping area is where students list the differing characteristics of the things.

The students could compare/contrast characteristics of different classifications of animals.

Here are 3 examples.

The students could choose 2 animal classes that they would like to compare. More advanced students could compare 3 or more animal classes using a triple Venn Diagram or a table.

The students could draw the Venn Diagrams in their English Language Arts or Science notebook or you could download one of the FREE Venn Diagram Worksheets from Learning Workroom's website.

Go to Free Worksheets

If the students need help, they could use information previously written in their science notebooks, or they could do further research using dictionaries, books, or the internet.


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