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Use Venn Diagram, the app, as you would use printed Venn diagrams. In math, use the diagrams for finding GCF and LCM; in ELA and other content areas, use them for comparing and contrasting and as a graphic organizer for pre-writing. Venn Diagram is good for demonstration and whole-class brainstorming using a SmartBoard. You can type in an item and then discuss and think aloud about where in the diagram the item should go. The process of entering each item slows down the creation process, so giving kids the option of using the app or pen and paper when they create their own Venn diagrams would be more empowering. Detailed lesson plans showing how teachers use the app in class are on the app's page at ReadWriteThink.Continue reading Show less
Venn Diagram lets students create Venn diagram graphic organizers on a mobile device and share them via email or by printing them. Multiple user accounts can be set up on each device, so kids start by selecting or creating a profile and then naming the project. Two circles pop up by default, but a third can be added. Circle sizes can be adjusted, and colors can be customized. To add an item to a diagram, students hit +New Item, add the label and optional description, choose font size from small, medium, or large, and then hit the check mark. The label appears on the screen and can be dragged to the right spot on the diagram. Listed items can be dragged and dropped anywhere on-screen -- within circles, within the overlap, or outside the circles -- but once placed, the labels naming the circles can't be moved. When finished, the diagram can be saved as a draft (and continued later), saved as a final PDF, or shared as a PDF via email. The saved PDF is kept in the camera roll and can be printed. The completed Venn diagram page includes the logos for ReadWriteThink, NCTE, Thinkfinity by Verizon, and the International Reading Association at the bottom of the document.
Venn Diagram creates attractive diagrams that can be shared or printed, but the process, although easy, is still more cumbersome than just using pen and paper. Graphic organizers are wonderful tools for pre-writing and for organizing ideas for writing and other content areas, and diagrams created with Venn Diagram work the same as traditional Venn diagrams. For students who are motivated by working with technology or those with learning or handwriting issues, or when paper use is an issue, the app might be a better choice than the traditional pen-and-paper option. For most, Venn Diagram may seem like an unnecessary use of technology.
Key Standards Supported
The Number System
Find the greatest common factor of two whole numbers less than or equal to 100 and the least common multiple of two whole numbers less than or equal to 12. Use the distributive property to express a sum of two whole numbers 1–100 with a common factor as a multiple of a sum of two whole numbers with no common factor. For example, express 36 + 8 as 4 (9 + 2).
Key Standards Supported
Reading History/Social Studies
Analyze the relationship between a primary and secondary source on the same topic.
Compare and contrast treatments of the same topic in several primary and secondary sources.
Reading Informational Text
Identify basic similarities in and differences between two texts on the same topic (e.g., in illustrations, descriptions, or procedures).
Compare and contrast the most important points presented by two texts on the same topic.
Compare and contrast the most important points and key details presented in two texts on the same topic.
Integrate information from two texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.
Integrate information from several texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.
Compare and contrast one author’s presentation of events with that of another (e.g., a memoir written by and a biography on the same person).
With prompting and support, compare and contrast the adventures and experiences of characters in familiar stories.
Compare and contrast the adventures and experiences of characters in stories.
Compare and contrast two or more versions of the same story (e.g., Cinderella stories) by different authors or from different cultures.
Compare and contrast the themes, settings, and plots of stories written by the same author about the same or similar characters (e.g., in books from a series).
Compare and contrast the treatment of similar themes and topics (e.g., opposition of good and evil) and patterns of events (e.g., the quest) in stories, myths, and traditional literature from different cultures.
Compare and contrast stories in the same genre (e.g., mysteries and adventure stories) on their approaches to similar themes and topics.
Compare and contrast texts in different forms or genres (e.g., stories and poems; historical novels and fantasy stories) in terms of their approaches to similar themes and topics.
Compare and contrast a fictional portrayal of a time, place, or character and a historical account of the same period as a means of understanding how authors of fiction use or alter history.
Compare and contrast the information gained from experiments, simulations, video, or multimedia sources with that gained from reading a text on the same topic.
Compare and contrast findings presented in a text to those from other sources (including their own experiments), noting when the findings support or contradict previous explanations or accounts.
Apply grade 5 Reading standards to literature (e.g., “Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or a drama, drawing on specific details in the text [e.g., how characters interact]”).
Apply grade 6 Reading standards to literature (e.g., “Compare and contrast texts in different forms or genres [e.g., stories and poems; historical novels and fantasy stories] in terms of their approaches to similar themes and topics”).
Apply grade 7 Reading standards to literature (e.g., “Compare and contrast a fictional portrayal of a time, place, or character and a historical account of the same period as a means of understanding how authors of fiction use or alter history”).
Apply grade 8 Reading standards to literature (e.g., “Analyze how a modern work of fiction draws on themes, patterns of events, or character types from myths, traditional stories, or religious works such as the Bible, including describing how the material is rendered new”).