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KWL Charts

The traditional KWL Chart can be used with any content area to start students thinking about what they KNOW about a topic, what they WANT TO KNOW about that topic, and what they have LEARNED at the end of the unit. It can be adapted for research by adding a column between the W and the L that requires students to think about HOW they will use resources to find the answers to their questions. A KWL Chart can be used as an assessment for learning because a teacher can quickly tell what students already know and understand about a topic. Below are several examples of KWL Charts.

KWL Chart

KWHL Chart

KWLS Chart

KNWS Chart for Math Problem Solving - Vertical

KNWS Chart for Math Problem Solving - Horizontal


Websites on KWL Charts:

Reading Horizons Happenings: KWL Charts

Instructional Strategies Online

Graphic.Org:  KWHL Chart

Variations on KWL Charts



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