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

KWL Elementary - Google DocFor 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

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

KWL Spanish

KWL Spanish- Google Doc

Teachers Shown

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