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5E's Activities

5Es Suggested Activity What the Teacher Does What the Student Does
Engage  Demonstration  Creates interest.  Asks questions such as, Why did
 Reading  Generates curiosity. this happen? What do I already
 Free Write  Raises questions. know about this? What can I
 Analyze a Graphic found out about this?
Organizer  Elicits responses that uncover what
 KWL the students know or think about the  Shows interest in the topic.
 Brainstorming
Explore  Perform an  Encourages the students to work  Thinks freely but within the
Investigation together without direct instruction limits of the activity.
 Read Authentic from the teacher.  Tests predictions and
Resources to Collect  Observes and listens to the students hypotheses.
Information as they interact.  Forms new predictions and
 Solve a Problem  Asks probing questions to redirect hypotheses.
the students’ investigations when  Tries alternatives and discusses
 Construct a Model necessary. them with others.
 Records observations and ideas.
 Provides time for students to puzzle
through problems.  Suspends judgement.
Explain  Student Analysis &  Encourages the students to explain  Explains possible solutions or
Explanation concepts and definitions in their own answers to others.
 Supporting Ideas words.  Listens officially to others’
with Evidence  Asks for justification (evidence) and explanations.
 Structured clarification from students.  Questions others’ explanations.
Questioning  Formally provides definitions,  Listens to and tries to
 Reading and explanations, and new labels. comprehend explanations the
Discussion teacher offers.
 Teacher Explanation  Uses students’ previous experiences  Refers to previous activities.
as basis for explaining concepts.
 Thinking Skill  Uses recorded observations in
Activities: compare, explanations.
classify, error
Extend  Problem Solving  Expects the students to use formal  Applies new labels, definitions,
 Decision Making labels, definitions, and explanations explanations, and skills in new,
 Experimental provided previously. but similar situations.
Inquiry  Encourages the students to apply or  Uses previous information to
extend the concepts and skills in new ask questions, propose solutions,
 Think Skill situations. make decisions, and design
Activities: compare,  Reminds the students of alternative experiments.
classify, apply explanations.  Draws reasonable conclusions
 Refers the students to existing data from evidence.
and evidence and asks, What do you  Records observations and
already know? Why do you think…? explanations.

 Strategies from Explore apply here  Checks for understandings

also. among peers.
Evaluate  Any of the Above  Observes the students as they apply  Answers open-ended questions
 Develop a Scoring new concepts and skills. by using observations, evidence,
Tool or Rubric  Assesses students’ knowledge and/or and previously accepted
 Test (SR, BCR, skills. explanations.
ECR)  Looks for evidence that the students  Demonstrates an understanding
 Performance have changed their thinking or or knowledge of the concept or
Assessment behaviors. skill.
 Produce a Product  Allows students to assess their own  Evaluates his or her own
 Journal Entry learning and group-process skills. progress and knowledge.

 Portfolio  Asks open-ended questions, such as:  Asks related questions that
Why do you think…? What evidence would encourage future
do you have? What do you know investigations.
about x? How would you explain x?

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This page was created by Michael Szesze, Program Supervisor for Science.

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This page was created on July 17, 2001 and last modified on July 21, 2001.