Make a Venn Diagram

Early Years
Age 3-6


Demonstrating Literacy and Mathematics Behaviour

  • Collect, organize, display, and interpret data to solve problems and to communicate information, and explore the concept of probability in everyday contexts (#19).


  • Small groups of 2-3 students with a teacher sitting at a table. ​
  • Students should have previous experience sorting by multiple attributes.


  • Venn Diagram template for each student (Appendix A)​
  • A variety of sorting materials (e.g. buttons, shapes, coins, beads, etc.)​
  • Pencils ​
  • Camera​
  • Written prompt (Appendix B)​


  • Show students the sorting materials (e.g. buttons, shapes, coins, beads, etc.).​
  • Ask students to choose one material they want to use for the activity.​
  • Then ask students to decide on two different sorting attributes (i.e. colour, size, kind).​
  • Provide students with the Venn Diagram template and a handful of their chosen material. ​
  • Ask students to sort the provided materials by the two characteristics they selected (e.g. colour and size).​
  • If students come across a material that has both chosen characteristics, they need to put it in the middle section of the Venn diagram. ​
  • Once students sort all the materials take a picture and print it. ​
  • Continue the activity by asking students to explain their Venn diagram by completing the written prompt explaining which characteristics they sorted by. (Appendix B)​

Look Fors

  • Do children understand the idea of sorting by multiple attributes?​​​
  • Can children explain their sorting decisions?​​​
  • What techniques do children use when sorting? Can they easily sort by more than one characteristic?

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