The KWL Chart starts students thinking about what they Know about a topic, what they Want to know, and what they have Learned in the end. This note-taking device guides students through a three-step process to activate background knowledge, develop a purpose for learning, and summarize.


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KWL Elementary

For elementary, this template should only be used in Grades 2-5. For Primary Grades PK-1, this template could be completed as a whole group, however, make sure that EVERY student provides and is accountable for a response (ideally for each section).

KWL Secondary

For a more structured approach to KWL, use a direction sheet like this one to help students organize their thoughts and notes.

KWL Spanish

Teachers Shown

Wendy Carillo
4th grade Bilingual teacher.
Austin ISD, Texas
Kaitlynn Andre
High School Science teacher.
Pflugerville ISD, Texas