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K-W-L Creator

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K-W-L Creator

Grades 3 – 8
Interactive Type Organizing & Summarizing
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Ever since their introduction by Ogle in 1986, K-W-L charts have been widely used to help students prepare for reading by organizing what students know (K) and want to learn (W) before they read and then reflecting on what they learned (L).

This interactive tool is equipped with the worksaver functionality so that students can save their work at different stages in the K-W-L process. Users have the ability to embed text links, giving an extra level of interaction and explanation so students can show their examples of their knowledge.

Lessons That Use This Interactive

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Grades   K – 2  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit

From Fact to Fiction: Drawing and Writing Stories

Students gather factual information about frogs and toads to create nonfiction and fiction stories. Drawing is used for prewriting.

 

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Grades   7 – 10  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Engineering the Perfect Poem by Using the Vocabulary of STEM

Students research engineering careers and create poetry to understand the vocabulary of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Cyberspace Explorer: Getting to Know Christopher Columbus

Students explore multiple online sources to gather information about the life of Christopher Columbus, complete a cyber scavenger hunt, and use their notes to prepare a timeline and summary report.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit

Making It Visual for ELL Students: Teaching History Using Maus

Spark the engagement of English-language learners or reluctant readers with the graphic novel Maus. The visual information provided by the genre serves as a support for reading and critical engagement.

 

Grades   K – 2  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit

Weather: A Journey in Nonfiction

Questions about weather clear up when students use what they learned from their books to create a presentation to share with the rest of the class.

 

Grades   K – 2  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Creating Question and Answer Books through Guided Research

This series of activities is designed to teach research strategies. Students use KWL charts to guide their inquiry and publish their results in a collaborative question and answer book.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Critical Perspectives: Reading and Writing About Slavery

Students critically explore the moral issue of slavery through reading fiction and nonfiction children's literature about the Underground Railroad, and they extend their understanding through creative writing projects.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Recurring Lesson

Using Word Storms to Explore Vocabulary and Encourage Critical Thinking

Students learn that dogs are more than just pets in this lesson, which teaches them to use research and vocabulary-acquisition strategies to learn and write about working dogs.

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Minilesson

Using the Check and Line Method to Enhance Reading Comprehension

Do your students skim assigned text material without even engaging their brains? The Check and Line method encourages students to think about what they are reading and monitor their own comprehension of the information.

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Exploring Plagiarism, Copyright, and Paraphrasing

Students investigate issues of plagiarism, fair use, and paraphrasing using KWL charts, discussion, and practice.

 

Grades   6 – 10  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

“Licensed” to Drive: Old West Figures

This lesson invites students to create a “Driver’s License” for characters that have made a contribution to western expansion in the United States.

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Making Personal and Cultural Connections Using A Girl Named Disaster

Struggling to survive is one of the many themes explored in A Girl Named Disaster. As students read, they look for connections between themselves and the main character, Nhamo.

 

Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  October 2

Thurgood Marshall was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1967.

After discussing a statement made by Thurgood Marshall, students consider each piece of the comment and create a K-W-L chart to begin an investigation with other resources.

 

Grades   K – 6  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 20

On this day in 1910, animal rights activist Joy Adamson was born.

A KWL chart is used to organize information about lions. Persuasive letters are written lobbying for programs and resources to protect these animals.

 

Grades   3 – 8  |  Printout  |  Graphic Organizer

K-W-L Chart

This K-W-L Chart, which tracks what a student knows (K), wants to know (W), and has learned (L) about a topic, can be used before, during, and after research projects.

 

Grades   8 – 12  |  Strategy Guide

Promoting Student-Directed Inquiry with the I-Search Paper

The sense of curiosity behind research writing gets lost in some school-based assignments. This Strategy Guide provides the foundation for cultivating interest and authority through I-Search writing, including publishing online.

 

Grades   K – 8  |  Strategy Guide

Tracking and Supporting Student Learning with Kidwatching

In this strategy guide, you’ll learn how to use kidwatching to track and support student learning. Teachers observe and take notes on students’ understanding of skills and concepts and then use the observations to determine effective strategies for future instruction.

 

Grades   3 – 12  |  Strategy Guide

Inquiry Charts (I-Charts)

This guide introduces I-Charts, a strategy that enables students to generate meaningful questions about a topic and organize their writing.