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Name: Date: OWLS Topic: K (What I know or think I know) W (What I want to know) L (What I learned) S (What I still want to know) Reprinted from Guided Comprehension in the Primary Grades (Second Edition)
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A KWL chart ask your students to think about what they know what they want to know and what they have learned k stands for no W stands for want and L stands for learn you can use a KWL chart for a lesson or for a unit of study as your students become used to using a KWL chart you can then use it to develop their critical thinking skills even further let's look at using the KWL chart for one lesson such as the lesson on plants you could bring two different plants to class such as a tomato plant and the flower you could also show students photos or drawings first ask your students to write what they know about plants in the first column this is the K they can write about what they see and add ideas about what else they know if you notice a student having a difficult time writing down ideas you might ask them some simple questions to get started what does it look like what color is it have you seen anything like this at home you also might ask some of them to share some of their sentences as a way to help any students who are having difficulties then invite students to take turns looking more closely at the plants can you see both of them here this is a good time to wonder out loud with your students I wonder why this one has a tomato on it and that one has flowers I know that plants have seeds MMM I wonder where the seeds are turn these ideas into questions there's no right or wrong way to make the questions just start asking little by little you'll be able to make fascinating questions with your students why do different things grow on plants do all plants have flowers we the seed on plants do all plants have seeds encourage them to write these questions in the second column then have students share their questions with the rest of the class does anyone know the answers if so this might encourage them to write other questions as the class works on the topic they can write what they have learned in the third column the L column also by knowing what they want to learn you as their teacher can adapt the content of the unit to their needs and interests