Venn Diagrams

Venn Diagrams are an important literacy strategy that helps students graphically organize and compare ideas.  They are used often in social studies or English courses, but are sometimes taken for granted in the mathematics classroom.  Venn Diagrams are very useful for problem-solving and finding probability of certain events, and once students can properly fill out correct information, they will be easily able to answer mathematical questions.  The most common way to use Venn Diagrams in mathematics is by drawing two or three circles that overlap.  Students then are able to fill out appropriate information from a word problem and calculate the numbers that go in each open spot.  The Venn Diagram is useful because students can connect ideas and numerical information into a logical visual representation.  Once students are able to organize information in a Venn Diagram, they are better able to remember information as well as find important data.

Venn Diagrams can be applied in the math classroom to help students organize information in word problems and understand how to find certain probabilities.  The procedure, worksheet, and example for this strategy can be found here:

Venn Diagram Strategy Plan

Venn Diagrams Worksheet

Venn Diagrams Worksheet Example

Fore more, see Subjects Matter by Harvey Daniels and Steven Zemelman

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