What is a Venn Diagram and Why is it Important?  

Objective: Students will use a Venn diagram to compare and contrast information and recognize relationships between concepts.

A Venn diagram is a graphic organizer consisting of two or more overlapping circles used to compare and contrast information. Venn diagrams encourage higher order thinking by enabling students to go beyond simply identifying similarities and differences to see the relationships between and among the information.   

Venn diagrams are useful in all grade levels and across the curriculum. In the earlier grades, students use them to compare and contrast and note relationships between two simple concepts, such as two different mammals or famous people, while at the upper grades Venn diagrams encourage students to think deeply about the connections between two or more complex concepts, such as the causes of World War II, noting their similarities and differences.


Related BrainPOP Features

BrainPOP offers several features for practicing comparing and contrasting skills:

  • Make-a-Map:   This concept mapping tool enables students to create Venn diagrams to compare and contrast concepts associated a BrainPOP movie.
  • Venn Diagram Graphic Organizer: Printable Venn diagram to compare and contrast offline.
  • Sortify: In this game students identify the possible categorizations of various data sets, just as they do in a Venn diagram.
Filed as:  3-5, 6-8, 9-12