Higher-Level Training: Teaching with the 5 E instructional Model in Science


Teaching with the 5 E instructional Model in Science will enable teachers to effectively use Gizmos in the context of the 5 E Model for science instruction. The course combines hands-on activities and Gizmo simulations to enhance student engagement and understanding.


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The course is designed as a six-hour* onsite session. Participants will discuss the 5 E instructional model and its benefits. The instructor will demonstrate how Gizmos can be used in the context of each of the 5 Es. Participants will have the opportunity to work individually or in small groups to develop a 5 E lesson or series of lessons with a Gizmo. Review of the major features and functions of the ExploreLearning website, focusing on any questions or difficulties participants may have, will be included.

* Three-hour workshops are also available. These workshops provide more limited time for participant exploration of Gizmos.

Expected Outcomes

Course participants will:

  • Understand the 5 E Instructional Model.
  • Learn best practices for using Gizmos within any of the phases of the 5 E model.
  • Plan science lessons using the 5 Es and Gizmos and share lesson ideas with colleagues.

Typical Customer Profile

Teaching with the 5 E instructional Model in Science is designed for science teachers in grades 3-12 who have completed Initial Training and would like advanced training on incorporating best practices for using the 5 E Model in their science teaching.

About the 5E Model

The 5 E instructional Model enables teachers to help students build or construct new knowledge and ideas on top of their own understanding.

Each of the 5 E's describes a phase of learning, and each phase begins with the letter "E". The 5 E's are as follows. (some models include 7 E's; they are listed below as well).

  • Engage: an activity to focus attention and stimulate interest
    • Elicit: access prior knowledge
  • Explore: an activity which allows students to investigate and collect information
  • Explain: an activity which allows students to explain their understanding of concepts and processes. New concepts or skills are introduced as conceptual clarity is sought.
  • Elaborate: an activity which expands and solidifies their thinking, often through application to a real-world problem
    • Extend: to other curricular areas
  • Evaluate: an activity in which encourages students to assess their understanding that provides teachers the opportunity for the teacher to assess student understanding

The 5 E's can be used with students of all ages, including adults.

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