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This lesson on Venn Diagrams uses the book “A Promise is a Promise”

Subjects:

Language Arts, Math  

Grades:

2, 3, 4  

Title – Venn Diagrams
By – Jennifer Dalke
Subject – Language Arts, Math
Grade Level – 2-4
Lesson #2

Data Summary

I will be teaching this lesson in a second grade classroom. The point of this lesson is to introduce children to the idea of comparison through venn diagrams. Children will compare two stories using a venn diagram.

Broad Goal

The Illinois state goal that this lesson fulfills are State Goal 1: Read with understanding and fluency, Part A; 2: Read and understand literature representative of various societies, eras and ideas, Part B; 5: Use the language arts to acquire, assess and communicate information, Part B.

Objective

* Students will be able to use venn diagrams in a variety of situations
* Students will understand how to draw information from a story for understanding
* Students will know how to compare and contrast

Assessment

I will assess the students based upon my observation of them working in pairs, as well as the venn diagram that the pair produces.

Strategy

WHOLE- I will read the book, A Promise is a Promise, aloud to the class.
PART- I will introduce the concept of comparing and contrasting to the students. I will show them what a venn diagram is.
WHOLE- I will read the story, Pigs, aloud to the class. I will tell the children to listen for things they can compare or contrast with the first story we read. They will fill out venn diagrams comparing the two stories.

Organization

1. I will introduce and read the book, A Promise is a Promise, aloud.
2. I will ask them if they can find any similarities or differences between this story and any other stories we’ve read.
3. I will draw a venn diagram on the board and show children how to use it to compare and contrast two different things.
4. As a class, we will complete a venn diagram using apples and oranges.
5. I will tell the children that we will read another story by the same author, and we will complete a venn diagram to compare the stories.
6. I will read the story, Pigs, to the class.
7. I will break the class into pairs and pass out a venn diagram to each pair. I will instruct the students to fill out the venn diagrams to compare the books.
8. When they are finished, the children will combine their ideas to make a large venn diagram on the board.

Resources

A Promise is a Promise and Pigs, by Robert Munsch; chalk; venn diagrams; pencils

Evaluation

I will ask myself if the children seemed to understand the lesson. What are the negative and positive aspects of my lesson? What would I change about the way I taught the lesson? Did I cover what I wanted to cover? Is there anything I could change for the next time I teach this lesson?

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