1. Begin by explaining what a KWL chart is and how to use it, if your students are not familiar with one.
2. Ask students some questions to fill in the “K” column; allow students to use the SLITTLE Step-by-Step Choice with Levels to get the conversation going. Add incorrect items to challenge their understanding.
3. List all pertinent suggestions in the “K” column.
1. Ask students to tell you some of the things they learned during the lesson and list these in the “L” column.
2. Have students use level 3 on the LITTLE Step-by-Step Choice with Levels to share what they learned. Use the incorrect responses you recorded to clarify information for the students.
3. When you have finished all three columns, record the “L” column to level 1 on your LITTLE Step-by-Step Choice with Levels and you will be one step ahead for your next KWL chart.
“A KWL chart helps us organize our thinking. Each column on the chart has a meaning. The “K” column is where we will list some of the things we know about the subject, the “W” column is where we will list some of the things we want to know, and the “L” column is where we will list some of the things we have learned when we are all done.”
Remember, KWL charts don’t need to just be made up of words. Pictures and symbols can be effective tools as well.