KWHL Charts (also called "What I Know" Charts, KWL charts, and Know-Wonder-Learn charts) are a type of chart, a graphic organizer that help the student organize what they know and what they want to learn about a topic before and after the research is done.
A KWHL chart is best used before, during, and after a student reads about a new topic. Filling out this chart prepares a student for reading about a topic, helps in reviewing what has been learned about the material, gives help in obtaining more information, and readies the student to write about what they've learned.
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Using the national parks as a topic, make a KWHL chart with four columns on a large piece or chart or butcher paper. In the K column, make a list of all the things your students know about national parks. Fill in the W and H sections of the chart by asking students to think of things they want to know about our national parks. Write their questions in the W column (adding your own) and write how they can find their answers in the H column.
You can also use this chart to help your students gather information, solve a problem, or think through a research topic. Each student can fill in their chart with notes, calculations, and ideas, rather than complete sentences.
Test your students knowledge of our White House using this K-W-H-L chart from The Harry S. Truman Library and Museum.