Venn Diagram Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Teach and reinforce the compare and contrast tool the Venn diagram using this lesson plan. Your class will do a shared reading of our text lesson outlining the components of a Venn diagram, steps to create, and tips for using before applying to an activity.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define and explain a Venn diagram
  • explain components and purpose of a Venn diagram
  • correctly create a Venn diagram


  • 50 minutes


  • Copy of the lesson What is a Venn Diagram? - Lesson for Kids for use as a shared reading
  • Paper
  • Pencils
  • Texts on the same topic for students to create a Venn diagram, such as two books a specific animal or plant, or two articles about vacation spots, etc.
  • Chart paper
  • Markers

Key Vocabulary

  • Venn diagram
  • Compare
  • Contrast

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.9

Compare and contrast the most important points and key details presented in two texts on the same topic.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.1

Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.2

Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.3

Describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.4

Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 3 topic or subject area.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.5

Use text features and search tools (e.g., key words, sidebars, hyperlinks) to locate information relevant to a given topic efficiently.

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