Activity Overview

KWL charts are very useful to record:

  1. Prior knowledge ("K"),
  2. Wonders and questions ("W"), and
  3. Ultimately newly acquired knowledge or what students have learned ("L").

The KWL chart is a superb tool for focused reading and information-gathering.

KWL Charts can help students reflect on their prior knowledge and inform teachers of what their students know already at the start of a lesson. They can also engage curiosity on a topic by asking students to brainstorm what they want to learn. Finally it helps students organize their new information by giving them a place to record and reflect upon their learning.

Teachers can also include an optional "H" column to include a space for students to write down how they will learn, thus becoming a KWHL chart.

Students can use this KWL chart in their study of the earth and the reason for the seasons!

Template and Class Instructions

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Due Date:

Objective: Create a KWL chart for our lessons on the "Reason for the Seasons" in our earth unit.

Student Instructions:

  1. Click “Start Assignment”.
  2. Before we begin our lesson, fill in the "K" column with what you "know". Think of 3-4 things you know about seasons and write them down in the K column. Include images that help support your answer.
  3. In the "W" column, write about what you "wonder". What questions do you have? Write 3-4 questions and include images.
  4. After our lesson, in the "L" column, write 3-4 new things you have learned about the seasons. and include images.

Lesson Plan Reference

Common Core Standards
  • [SCI-MS-ESS1-1] Develop and use a model of the Earth-sun-moon system to describe the cyclic patterns of lunar phases, eclipses of the sun and moon, and seasons.


(You can also create your own on Quick Rubric.)

KWL Rubric
In a KWL chart, students will storyboard using writing and illustrations what they KNOW and what they WONDER before beginning a topic. After the teacher conducts the lesson, students will fill in the third column of the chart with writing and illustrations about what they have LEARNED about the topic.
4 Points
3 Points
2 Points

1 Points
Chart Content
KWL chart is complete with 3-4 entries in each column.
Completes KWL chart with 2-3 entries in each column
Partially completed KWL chart
Did not turn in KWL chart.
Storyboard Images and Effort
Illustrations and descriptions clearly show that time, care and effort have been put in.
Illustrations and descriptions that some time, care and effort have been put in.
Illustrations and descriptions show little effort, they are inaccurate or off topic.
Very little to no effort evident in descriptions or illustrations
Spelling and Grammar
Student uses exemplary spelling and grammar. There are no errors.
Student makes one or two minor errors in spelling and grammar.
Student makes multiple errors in spelling and grammar.
Multiple errors that get in the way of understanding.

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