5 E's Lesson Components  

I. Engagement: The activities in this section capture the student's attention, stimulate their thinking and help them access prior knowledge.
  • Demonstration
    • teacher and/or student
  • Reading from a
    • current media release
    • science journal or book
    • piece of literature (biography, essay, peom, etc)
  • Free write
  • Analyze a graphic organizer
II. Exploration: In this section students are given time to think, plan, investigate, and organize collected information
  • Reading authentic resources to collect information
    • to answer an open-ended question
    • to make a decision
  • Solve a problem
  • Construct a model
  • Experiment
    • design and/or
    • perform
III. Explanation: Students are now involved in an analysis of their exploration. Their understanding is clarified and modified because of reflective activities
  • Student analysis and explanation
  • Supporting ideas with evidence
  • Reading and discussion
IV. Extension: This section gives students the opportunity to expand and solidify their understanding of the concept and/or apply it to a real world situation
  • Problem solving
  • Experimental inquiry
  • Thinking Skills Activities
    • classifying, abstracting, error analysis, etc.
  • Decision-making
V. Evaluation
  • Teacher and/or student generated scoring tools or rubrics

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