K-W-L Graphic Organizer Printable

by Jimmie Lanley

My husband accuses me of turning everything into a lesson. Okay, I admit it. I do.

But it seems to me if you’re going to drive to a museum and pay for admission, you may as well milk it for all the educational value you can. Tack on some written learning activities, and count it as a school day.

This K-W-L chart is a fast and easy tool for generating some thinking before and after a field trip (or any lesson).


K = Know

What I already know about the topic at hand.

W = Want to know

What I hope to learn, questions I have, things I want to see or experience.

L = Learned

What I actually learned. Possibly answers to my questions but maybe totally new things I hadn’t thought of.

Have your child fill out the first two columns before the learning activity or field trip. Then complete the last column when the activity is over. You can use this graphic organizer as a notebooking page or as a pre-writing activity for writing a more detailed draft.

Do you have a favorite printable form to use with field trips?

As always, I love to hear when you use Notebooking Fairy printables in your homeschool. If you send me photos, I will feature you in a Show Off post.

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Vivi March 11, 2011 at 6:06 PM

Hi, I found your blog today (both of them) and just loved it! you’re very creative, your notebboks and lapbooks are great.


Kristy March 17, 2011 at 10:34 AM

I.love.this!!! I can picture using it with my younger kids who don’t write yet! Just found your site through Jolanthe of Homeschool Creations.


Shannon March 17, 2011 at 11:30 PM

Thanks for this! I printed it off this morning to get my daughter ready for a living history presentation tonight with Babe Ruth. It worked out great. 🙂


Jackie Kruse November 1, 2012 at 3:12 PM

I just used this for a model writing lesson working towards writing an informative piece with first graders. Great resource! Thanks!


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