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Friendship: Exploring Similarities and Differences
|Grades||K – 2|
|Activity Time||One Hour|
- Ask the child if he knows what a Venn Diagram is. A Venn Diagram is a diagram that shows how two things are the same and how they are different. Discuss this more with the child if it is a new concept. Share an example of a completed Venn Diagram and discuss what is there and why.
- To further understanding about a Venn Diagram, work together to complete one. Begin by choosing two animals to think about with the child (example, bird and guinea pig).
- Draw two large circles that overlap each other or use the Venn Diagram printout. Write the name of the first animal above the first circle. Write some words that describe this animal inside the first circle. Write the name of the second animal above the second circle. Write some words that describe this animal inside the second circle.
- Where the two circles overlap, write some words that describe both the animals.
- Read a book about friends who are different, like Rat and Roach Rock On! or Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy. Discuss the story, details, and pictures. As you are reading, and again after reading, talk about the characters. What do we know about them? How?
- Discuss the friendship between Rat and Roach. How are they similar or the same? How are they different? How does that affect their friendship?
- Look at the Venn Diagram comparing Rat and Roach. Point out how some things are only about Rat, some things are only about Roach, and some are about both of them.
- Ask the child to talk about a friend that he has. How is this friend similar to the child? How is the friend different? Take notes as needed.
- Invite the child to complete a Venn Diagram using the Venn Diagram online interactive tool, Venn Diagram mobile app, or Venn Diagram printout, comparing the child to a friend.
- Talk about how even though we have some differences from our friends, we have some things the same. That’s what makes life interesting and each friendship special.
- Create a Venn Diagram comparing family members or neighbors.
- Think about characters in a book or movie and make a Venn Diagram comparing them.
- Consider making a 3 Circle Venn Diagram using the Venn Diagram online interactive tool, Venn Diagram mobile app, or Venn Diagram printout and comparing three things.
A person, animal, or object represented in a story or play.
Discussion is a natural way for children and teens to express or explain what they already know or what they are learning. When possible, let children and teens lead the direction of a discussion. Ask questions that lead to an extended response (“What do you think about…?” or “Why do you think…?”) rather than questions that might result in a yes or no or a simple answer.