The lesson that follows was developed by Debble Blaskowski, a fourth-grade teacher at the Weyerhaeuser School in Weyerhaeuser, Wisconsin. Blaskowski's lesson was designed to guide students in using their prior knowledge of insects as the introduction to a unit on "Insects". By activating their prior knowledge of insects to develop a foundation, students were able to increase their knowledge base and make connections. Additionally, students were able to practice working in cooperative groups and share information thus learning together. The KWHL diagram, the lesson plan, and the Frayer Model graphic organizer used by Blaskowski follow:
(Want to know)
(How find out)
Subject Area: Science
Teacher: Mrs. Blaskowski
Show a picture of an insect and ask the students, "What is this a picture of?" After identifying it as an insect, tell the students that you want to find out everything they know about insects.
reporter = This person reports to the class what the group has decided for each part of the KWHL
recorder = This person records what the group decides for each part of the KWHL organizer.
Explain the role of each job.
*All students are to participate in the sharing of ideas for the KWHL chart.
Take a look at the KWHL chart. Review what the students already know and want to know. Explain that tomorrow we will start learning some things about insects and hopefully start to fill in the "What I Learned About Insects" section of the chart.