Money Triple Venn Diagram

What You Need:

  • Paper
  • Marker
  • Coins—a penny, a nickel, a dime and a quarter

What You Do:

  1. Draw the Venn diagram using the example in our photo to help you align the three circles.  
  2. Now hand your child the penny, the dime, and the quarter. Help her label the diagram accordingly with one circle titled “penny,” another “dime,” and the third “quarter.  
  3. First, compare the penny and the dime. How are they alike? Your child should write these traits in the portion of the diagram where the penny circle and the dime circle overlap. How is the penny unique? Write that in the part of the penny circle that does not overlap with the dime circle. Repeat this process with the dime, recording how it is unique.
  4. Now compare the penny and quarter, writing out how they are similar and how the quarter is unique. This will be similar to the comparison between the penny and the dime.
  5. Now compare the dime and the quarter. They will have more traits in common than either had with the penny.
  6. As you work, you may want to cross out some of the things written in the “unique” portion of each circle. The dime has ridged edges but so does the quarter. Thus this is a trait they have in common and not something that makes them completely unique.
  7. This is the tricky part for a triple Venn diagram. How are all three coins similar? Write the coins shared qualities in the area where all three circles overlap.

Expand on this activity by comparing a dime, nickel, and quarter. What goes in the central space now?

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