Reflection: Rigor Let's Take a Trip to Our Moon - Section 2: Engage:


When I first saw the KLEWS chart it reminded me of a KWL however the two are very different.  The KLEWS has five major sections that are filled in throughout a lesson. The K is the first section to be filled in with students. This is where we record the stuff that "we think we know." This is is a way to activate prior knowledge and get those schemas working. The next two steps are filled in while the students are investigating the overarching question.  The L stands for, "What we are learning" and is filled in at the same time as E, "What is our evidence?"  In this step, students list the observations that they feel substantiate their claims. The W stands for, "What are we still wondering about?" This section is filled out throughout the lesson or at the conclusion. This begs children to understand that new questions arise all the time investigations and ever effort should be made to try and answer these questions. Finally, the last section S represents "Scientific Principles?" This is where the teacher explains the science concepts around what they have been learning. It is important that this is the last step because it ties all the learning together. It brings closure to the experiment.

Watch this video of one of my colleagues here at Better Lessons explaining how she uses a KLEWS chart in her classroom.

  KLEWS Chart
  Rigor: KLEWS Chart
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Let's Take a Trip to Our Moon

Unit 3: Unit 3: Celetial Patterns: The Sun, The Moon and Stars
Lesson 18 of 21

Objective: SWBAT explore the craters of the moon through literature, internet and hands-on inquiry.

Big Idea: When you look at the sky, what do you see? Let's take a close-up look at our very own moon!

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