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Venn Diagram, 3 Circles

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Venn Diagram, 3 Circles

Grades K – 12
Printout Type Graphic Organizer
Venn Diagram, 3 Circles



Students use this graphic organizer to describe similarities and differences between three objects or ideas.

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This Venn Diagram with 3 circles helps students identify shared features of three objects or ideas. They can organize similarities and differences before comparing and contrasting:

  • three characters.
  • three different versions of the same story.
  • a literary work and two other pieces of art work (song, painting, dramatic performance, or film).
  • any three items that share some characteristics.

Where the circles overlap, students write shared characteristics (things that are the same). In the circles to the left, right, and top, students will list features that are specific to each object (things that are different). Venn Diagrams may be used in any grade level or content area. If this graphic organizer is new to students, practice with topics that have obvious similarities and differences.  Before the students use the Venn Diagram, 3 Circles, create an example that compares and contrasts three well-known topics such as famous actors, fruits and vegetables, television shows, or sports.


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  • For younger students and kinesthetic learners create large Venn Diagrams on the ground using rope, jump ropes, or hula hoops.  Have students compare and contrast topics by moving around from circle to circle explaining why they have chosen each spot.  For example, in a social studies classroom the students could use this activity to understand countries during wartime.  They could compare their army size, general population, war technology, strategies, leadership, and motivations.
  • As an icebreaker or beginning of the year activity, randomly place three students together and have them use the Venn Diagram to organize their similarities and differences.  Have the students rotate throughout the class and continue to make different groups of three comparing and contrasting characteristics.
  • Use information from completed Venn Diagrams to further practice writing compare and contrast statements with the Compare and Contrast Tool Kit.
  • At the end of a unit, chapter, or literature piece, have the students use a Venn Diagram to compare and contrast main characters that they have learned about.  Use this activity to re-teach or as a culminating activity.


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Amelia Earhart completed her solo flight from Honolulu to Oakland in 1935.

Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 11

Amelia Earhart completed her solo flight from Honolulu to Oakland in 1935.

Students explore the definition of a hero and use the interactive Venn diagram to identify the most common characteristics of a hero.


Celebrate John Venn's Birthday!

Grades   K – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 4

Celebrate John Venn's Birthday!

Students celebrate the birth of English logician, philosopher, and creator of the Venn Diagram by building community within the classroom by comparing and contrasting likes, dislikes, and characteristics about one another.


Author Joel Chandler Harris was born in 1848.

Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  December 9

Author Joel Chandler Harris was born in 1848.

Students study how regional dialect is written phonetically by reading a segment of Harris' story, as well as two others, and compare them using the Interactive Venn Diagram.


Edward Stratemeyer, creator of book series such as Nancy Drew, was born on this day in 1862.

Grades   3 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  October 4

Edward Stratemeyer, creator of book series such as Nancy Drew, was born on this day in 1862.

Students select several books from one of Stratemeyer's series to read, discuss shared elements in the books, and use the 3-Circle Venn Diagram to compare story elements.