Literacy Strategy 47
What is it?
Sometimes teachers draw the circles and the whole class works together to fill it in, and other times students work independently or in small groups to complete this task.
Why use it?
-It can be a good introduction to a new lesson to see what students know about a certain topic or topics.
-Ties two or more topics together to build on learning, and so students can see relationships of topics.
-Team builder. Lets students see how they are alike and different.
-It can be a great way to assess students after a lesson. Teacher can see their understanding of a topic by having students complete a venn diagram at the end of a unit.
You can create the images you are comparing and contrasting. This is great for the younger grades so they can physically see what they are comparing
For younger grades who cannot spell very well, or write in small spaces can cut out the pictures and place them in the correct circle.
This is the most common venn diagram used. Comparing and contrasting two topics. You can also compare more than 1 topic buy overlapping more than two circles.
How do I use this?
1. Teacher provides a topic, or poses a question. Then the students brainstorm a list of how the two or more items are similar and different. When necessary the teacher helps the students analyze the topic.
2. Teacher or students draw the venn diagram, if it is not already provided. Then, they label the circles with the names of the topics. There can be pictures drawn if necessary.
3. Students then complete the diagram by writing words/phrases or drawing pictures that represent the differences between the topics. Then they do the same for the middle circle but include things that the topics have in common.
4. Students then summarize the information by sharing out loud to the class/partner, or they write a paragraph about the diagram.
5. Finally, display! Hang them up in the classroom. Students may use them for other activities.
When do I use this?
-Used to compare and contrast thematic units like, life in the middle ages versus life today. The earth and another planet, different animals, different plants, different civilizations.
-Used to compare AND contrast two or more topics. If a teacher just wants to contrast two topics, they need to have students fill out a T-Chart.
-Can be used for comparing and contrasting things in literacy, history, science, and math! This strategy can be used for any topic.
Dolphins and Dogs.