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August 04

Celebrate John Venn's Birthday!

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Celebrate John Venn's Birthday!

Grades K – 12
Calendar Activity Type Historical Figure & Event





John Venn the notable English logician, philosopher, mathematician and most notably the creator of the Venn Diagram was born on this day in 1834.  In the diagram, circles are used to visually and logically sort groups to illustrate their relationships to each other.  The creation is used in the fields of mathematics, psychology, literature, logistics, statistics, probability, but most significantly it used in school classrooms around the world.




Build a community within your classroom using Venn Diagrams.

Group Activity – Print out copies of the 3 Circle Venn Diagram graphic organizer.  Arrange students into groups of three and supply them with the graphic organizer.  Have students talk in their groups about themselves and the things they like to do.  After a brief discussion, students document ways in which they are alike, ways in which they are like others in their small group, and ways in which they are totally unique.  Have students display their diagrams and share them with the entire class.

Partner Activity – Print out copies of the 2 Circle Venn Diagram graphic organizer, or if students have access to a mobile device, download the Venn Diagram Mobile App.  Arrange students into pairs within the classroom.  Using the graphic organizer or mobile app have the students share information about themselves and their likes and dislikes.



  • John Venn Resources

    This website provides a short biography, honors, pictures, and the obituary of John Venn.


  • John Venn Biography

    This website provides a short biography about John Venn.


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Grades   K – 2  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit

Diagram It! Identifying, Comparing, and Writing About Nonfiction Texts

Students compare the traits fact and fiction by using a Venn diagram to compare fiction and nonfiction books about Native Americans.


Grades   K – 2  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

How Does My Garden Grow? Writing in Science Field Journals

Students plant a garden and study its growth using the inquiry process of questioning and exploring. As they research and study, students record their observations in a field journal.


Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Leading to Great Places in the Elementary Classroom

Students examine great leads in children's literature before writing or revising a lead in their own writing.


Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Using Pictures to Build Schema for Social Studies Content

How do you read an image? Students find out in this lesson in which they "read" several images of the Boston Massacre to better understand the event and recognize effects of propaganda.


Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Comparing and Contrasting: Picturing an Organizational Pattern

Using picture books as mentor texts, students learn effective strategies for organizing information that compares and contrasts. Students can then apply appropriate organizational strategies to their own papers.


Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

My Life/Your Life: A Look at Your Parents' Past

Past and present come together when students interview their parents and create a skit that compares their parents' experiences as middle schoolers with the students' own lives.


Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

A Tale of a Few Text Messages: A Character Study of A Tale of Two Cities

Students use A Tale of Two Cities to explore relationships, plot points, character traits, and background by writing text messages between characters within the novel.


Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Decoding The Matrix Exploring Dystopian Characteristics through Film

This lesson uses clips from The Matrix and other dystopian movies to introduce students to the characteristics found in dystopian works, such as Brave New World, Fahrenheit 451, and 1984.


Grade   K  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Introducing the Venn Diagram in the Kindergarten Classroom

In this lesson, kindergarten students manipulate hula hoops and real objects, as they use Venn diagrams to problem solve, explore, and record information to share with others.