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There are many ways to compare and contrast the features of items, people, events, etc. Many types of graphic organizers make it easier to examine these similarities and differences, including Venn diagrams, charts, and others.
Venn Diagrams
A Venn Diagram is a graphic organizer that is made up of two or three overlapping circles. In mathematics, Venn diagrams are used to visualize the relationship between two or three sets. Venn diagrams can also be used to compare and contrast the characteristics of any other items, like groups of people, individual people, books, characters, animals, etc. The English mathematician John Venn invented the Venn diagram in 1880.
Charts
A chart diagram (also called a matrix diagram or a table) is a type of graphic organizer that condenses and organizes data about multiple traits associated with many items or topics. Charts can be used to show attributes of items, to compare and contrast topics, and to evaluate information. For example, a chart can be used to create a display of arthropod characteristics. Or a chart can be used to show key inventions, noting who invented them, when, where and why they were invented. Or a chart can be used to compare and contrast the major features of plant and animal cells or to chart plant growth. Semantic Feature Analysis, is a grid that is used to examine the similarities and differences of a group of items, people, events etc.
Venn Diagram Worksheets to Print:
2Set Venn Diagram Printout A Venn diagram with two sets. 
2Set Venn Diagram Printout A Venn diagram with two ovalshaped sets. 
3Set Venn Diagram Printout A Venn diagram with three sets. 
Animals and Flying Things: Venn Diagram Puzzle Put the word bank words in the proper place in the Venn diagram with the headings: animals, things that fly. Or go to the answers. 
Containers and Kitchen Items: Venn Diagram Puzzle Put the word bank words in the proper place in the Venn diagram with the headings: containers, kitchen items. Or go to the answers. 
Family Members and Women: Venn Diagram Puzzle Put the word bank words in the proper place in the Venn diagram with the headings: family members, women. Or go to the answers. 
Food and Plants: Venn Diagram Puzzle Put the word bank words in the proper place in the Venn diagram with the headings: food, plants. Or go to the answers. 
Fruit and Red Food: Venn Diagram Puzzle Put the word bank words in the proper place in the Venn diagram with the headings: fruit, red food. Or go to the answers. 
Mammals and BlackandWhite Things: Venn Diagram Puzzle Put the word bank words in the proper place in the Venn diagram with the headings: mammals, blackandwhite things. Or go to the answers. 
Pets and Mammals: Venn Diagram Puzzle Put the word bank words in the proper place in the Venn diagram with the headings: pets, mammals. Or go to the answers. 
Tools: Venn Diagram Puzzle Put the word bank words in the proper place in the Venn diagram with the headings: woodworking tools, power tools. Or go to the answers. 
Vacation, Container: Venn Diagram Puzzle Put the word bank words in the proper place in the Venn diagram with the headings: vacation, containers. Or go to the answers. 
Vegetables and Orange Food: Venn Diagram Puzzle Put the word bank words in the proper place in the Venn diagram with the headings: vegetables, orange food, red food. Or go to the answers. 
Vehicles and Things That Float: Venn Diagram Puzzle Put the word bank words in the proper place in the Venn diagram with the headings: vehicles, things that float. Or go to the answers. 
Winter Clothing and Footwear: Venn Diagram Puzzle Put the word bank words in the proper place in the Venn diagram with the headings: winter clothing, footwear. Or go to the answers. 
Venn Diagram Label the subsets of a Venn diagram. Answers 
Primes, Even Numbers and Multiples of 3: Venn Diagram Printout Where do the numbers 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 belong on this Venn diagram? For the answers, click here. 
LCM, GCD Factor two numbers into primes, then use a Venn diagram to compute their Least Common Multiple (LCM) and Greatest Common Divisor (GCD). 
Two Candidate Venn Diagram Compare and contrast two candidates running for office using this Venn diagram printout. 
Comets vs. Asteroids Venn Diagram Printout Make a Venn diagram showing the similarities and differences between comets and asteroids. For the answers, click here. 
Plant and Animal Cells Venn Diagram Compare the characteristics of plant and animal cells using this Venn diagram printout. Or go to the answers. 
Compare Two Animals Using a Venn Diagram Pick two animals, then compare and contrast them using a Venn diagram. 
Butterfly/Moth Venn Diagram Label the Venn diagram of the similarities and differences between butterflies and moths. Answers 
Frog/Toad Venn Diagram Printout Make a Venn diagram showing the similarities and differences between frogs and toads. For the answers, click here. 
Whale/ Fish Venn Diagram Determine which characteristics belong to fish, which belong to whales, and which belong to both. 
Balloons Venn Diagram Printout #1 On this printout, the student classifies balloons by placing them in Venn diagrams. Or go to the answers. 
Balloons Venn Diagram Printout #2 On this printout, the student classifies balloons by placing them in Venn diagrams. Or go to the answers. 
Venn Diagram Printout #1 On this printout, the student classifies geometric figures by shape, size, and shading by placing them in Venn diagrams. Or go to the answers. (4th grade level) 
Venn Diagram Printout #2 On this printout, the student classifies geometric figures by shape, size, and shading by placing them in Venn diagrams. Or go to the answers. (4th grade level) 
Ice Cream Cone Venn Diagram Printout #1 On this printout, the student classifies ice cream cones by placing them in Venn diagrams. Or go to the answers. 
Ice Cream Cone Venn Diagram Printout #2 On this printout, the student classifies ice cream cones by placing them in Venn diagrams. Or go to the answers. 
Groundhog Venn Diagram Printout #1 On this printout, the student classifies groundhogs by their shadow direction, the direction they're facing, and whether or not they're in a burrow, by placing them in Venn diagrams. Or go to the answers. 
Groundhog Venn Diagram Printout #2 On this printout, the student classifies groundhogs by their shadow direction, the direction they're facing, and whether or not they're in a burrow, by placing them in Venn diagrams. Or go to the answers. 
Robot Venn Diagram Printout #1 On this printout, the student classifies robots by placing them in Venn diagrams. Or go to the answers. 
Robot Venn Diagram Printout #2 On this printout, the student classifies robots by placing them in Venn diagrams. Or go to the answers. 
Hearts Venn Diagram Printout #1 On this printout, the student classifies hearts by placing them in Venn diagrams. Or go to the answers. 
Hearts Venn Diagram Printout #2 On this printout, the student classifies hearts by placing them in Venn diagrams. Or go to the answers. 
Country/Animal/Starts With "T" Venn Diagram Printout On this printout, the student classifies countries, animals, and words that start with "T" by placing them in a Venn diagram. Words: Algeria, Egypt, fish, France, table, tiger, title, tomato, Tunisia, Turkey, turtle, zebra. Or go to the answers. 
US State/US President/3Syllables Venn Diagram Printout On this printout, the student classifies US states, US presidents, and 3syllable words by placing them in a Venn diagram. Words: Adams, Alabama, California, Everglades, Florida, Kentucky, Lincoln, Madison, Obama, Seattle, Washington, Wyoming. Or go to the answers. 
Food/2Syllables/StartsWith"B" Venn Diagram Printout On this printout, the student classifies food, 2syllable words, and words that start with "B" by placing them in a Venn diagram. Words: bacon, bagel, bank, bigger, bill, bread, broccoli, bulletin, button, cauliflower, egg, garlic, horse, silver, table, waffle. Or go to the answers. 
Insects/ThingsThatFly/StartsWith"B" Venn Diagram Printout On this printout, the student classifies insects, things that fly, and words that start with "B" by placing them in a Venn diagram. Words: bat, bear, bed bug, bee, blimp, bridge, butterfly, dragonfly, flea, jet, kite, moth, plane, silverfish. Or go to the answers. 
ManMade/Transportation/Starts With "C" Venn Diagram Printout On this printout, the student classifies manmade items, transportation, and words that start with "C" by placing them in a Venn diagram. Or go to the answers. 
Sports/Winter/Footwear Venn Diagram Printout On this printout, the student classifies winter, sports, and footwear items by placing them in a Venn diagram. Words: camel, canoe, car, carnation, cat, computer, crayon, desk, horse, pen, plane, ship. Or go to the answers. 
Chinese Zodiac Animals Venn Diagram Printout On this printout, the student classifies Chinese zodiac animals by placing them in Venn diagrams. Or go to the answers. 
Chart Worksheets to Print:
Compare and Contrast with Pictures Write some of the similarities and differences between items given pictures. 
Compare and Contrast Graphic Organizer Chart #1 Compare the similarities and differences of two topics using this printable chart. Or go to a pdf of the worksheet (subscribers only). 
Compare and Contrast Graphic Organizer Chart #2 Compare the similarities and differences of two topics using this printable chart (students include slightly more detail than #1). Or go to a pdf of the worksheet (subscribers only). 
Slant Chart Diagram Printout, 2x2 A slant chart with2 columns and 2 rows (plus headings). 
Slant Chart Diagram Printout, 3x3 A slant chart with 3 columns and 3 rows (plus headings). 
Slant Chart Diagram Printout, 4x4 A slant chart with 4 columns and 4 rows (plus headings). 
Slant Chart Diagram Printout, 5x15 A slant chart with 5 columns and 15 rows (plus headings). 
2x2 Chart Diagram Printout A chart with 2 columns and 2 rows. 
2x3 Chart Diagram Printout A chart with 2 columns and 3 rows. 
2x4 Chart Diagram Printout A chart with 2 columns and 4 rows. 
3x3 Chart Diagram Printout A chart with 3 columns and 3 rows. 
3x4 Chart Diagram Printout A chart with 3 columns and 4 rows. 
3x5 Chart Diagram Printout A chart with 3 columns and 5 rows. 
4x4 Chart Diagram Printout A chart with 4 columns and 4 rows. 
4x5 Chart Diagram Printout A chart with 4 columns and 5 rows. 
4x6 Chart Diagram Printout A chart with 4 columns and 6 rows. 
5x4 Chart Diagram Printout A chart with 5 columns and 4 rows. 
5x5 Chart Diagram Printout A chart with 5 columns and 5 rows. 
5x6 Chart Diagram Printout A chart with 5 columns and 6 rows. 
5x15 Chart Diagram Printout A chart with 5 columns and 15 rows plus headings. 
6x6 Chart Diagram Printout A chart with 6 columns and 6 rows. 
Blank 2x10 Chart Printout A blank chart with 2 columns and 10 rows, unlabeled. 
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