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Activity: Venn Diagram (group activity)

You might want to use this activity to introduce a new topic/theme or as a warm-up activity.

Materials needed:

  • sign-in sheet on chart paper with three large interlocking circles
  • markers

What do you do?

  1. Choose one statement to place in each of the three circles.
    I relax when I do a puzzle.
    I worked on a math activity recently.
    I know how to convert from pounds to kilograms.

  2. Post sign-in sheet on a wall.
  3. Ask learners to sign-in with their first name anywhere on the sheet that makes sense to them.
  4. Take up the activity together. Ask learners to explain why they chose to place their names in certain circles.
  5. If it’s appropriate, you can explain the “mathematical” basis of the activity, i.e. the concept of sets and purpose of a Venn diagram.