KWL stands for KNOW, WONDER, LEARN. An optional H can also be added for HOW. KWL can come in many different formats, but the most common is a three-column chart.
KWL charts are versatile and can be used at many different levels, from kindergarten to high school and in different subject areas. One of the purposes of a KWL chart is to stimulate prior knowledge and get students really thinking about the topic. Filling in a KWL chart as a small group or whole class can be especially effective in engaging students about what they already know and what they WANT to know.
To make a KWL or KWHL worksheet, click the "Customize this Example" button below. Once you're in the Storyboard Creator, click on each of the elements on the template to change them to fit your needs. When you're done, hit save and follow the instructions. You can print off your worksheet from the next screen, or it will be saved to your account.