# Make a Venn Diagram

## Curriculum Goal

#### Kindergarten: 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).

## Context

• Small groups of two to three students with a teacher sitting at a table.
• Students should have previous experience sorting by multiple attributes.

## Materials

• 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)

## Lesson

• 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?

## Related Lessons

Practice sorting two distinct characteristics with an explanation about their decision.