The Wonderful Pigs of Jillian Jiggs


First graders compare fictional and real pigs. For this pig comparison lesson, 1st graders read a fiction text then a non-fiction text on pigs. Students complete a K-W-L chart  and fill out a Venn Diagram. 

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Manchester College
Jessica Strange

John Brown's Raid

Students explore slavery before the beginning of the Civil War. In this U.S. History lesson, students evaluate the affect of John Brown's raid on Harper's Ferry and possible ways it affected slavery by completing a K-W-L chart and internet research.

Diabetes - It's a Killer!

Students survey, graph and chart their prior knowledge about diabetes. They read a handout and complete a K-W-L chart. They develop a rubric to assess their diet and exercise and develop a shopping list, menu and exercise plan to share.


Learners read a fiction and nonfiction accounts about different types of disasters. The class uses iChat AV and iSight camera to interview students in a different part of the country about natural or manmade disasters in their area. Pupils use a K-W-L chart to gather information on what they comprehend about that type of disaster (flood, fire, a volcano, or an earthquake) and to form the topics of inquiry that interest them.

Meiosis and Sexual Reproduction

Eighth graders are able to define meiosis. They are able to compare and contrast meiosis and mitosis. Students are able to state the phases of meiosis. They complete a K-W-L chart on meiosis and mitosis. Students talk about meiosis and sexual reproduction and give definitions.

Aid comes to Haiti

Fourth graders read an article about the Earthquake in Haiti and its after effects.  In this Haitian Earthquakes lesson, 4th graders complete a K-W-L. Students place sticky notes on answers to questions about the article.

Intolerable Acts

Students examine the implications of North Korea's nuclear testing. They develop a K-W-L chart, read an article, write questions, conduct research on their self-generated questions, and create an exhibit of their findings.

Poisonous Plants and You

Students identify common poisonous plants. Using a K-W-L chart, the teacher facilitates a brainstorming session to determine students' present knowledge of poisonous plants and what is to be learned.

Water Properties introduction

Students list items they know and want to know about water on personal K-W-L charts. They describe what happened during the warm up activity in their science journal. Students travel to four different stations and perform the different tasks that explore properties of water.

Childhood Development and the Social Studies

Students complete the Know and Want to Know columns of a K-W-L worksheet about elementary aged children. They develop instructional methods for use in elementary social studies classroom that would increase content knowledge. They modify game strategies for use in reviewing social studies content.

Voting in Violence

Students create K/W/L (Know/Want to Know/Learned) charts to study the political violence following Kenya's 2008 presidential elections. They draw connections between this and other events currently taking place around the world.

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