Venn Diagram



A Venn Diagram is used to compare and contrast various items or ideas. It helps students to create a visual picture of how items are alike and different. This tool can be used by a group, an entire classroom, or by an individual.

When to use

this strategy:

To compare and contrast 2 or more items

To create a visual/mental model for learning



Mammals and amphibians

Adding and subtracting

2 main characters in a story

Civil War and Revolutionary War


What does

it look like?

Click here to see a template for a Venn Diagram.

How to use

this strategy:

Above the first circle, write the name of one of the items to compare. Above the second circle, write the name of the second item to compare. In the outer portions of each circle, contrast how each item is different from the other. In the inner portion of the circles, where they overlap, compare how the items are similar.