The 5E Inquiry-Based Instructional Model
Science4Us builds each module of the curriculum using the 5E Inquiry-Based Instructional Model of Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate and Evaluate.
Bybee, Taylor & Gardner, 2006
The first stage of the model, Engage
, introduces the new concept by accessing students’ prior knowledge and experiences while revealing student conceptions and possible misconceptions.
Additionally, the Engage phase sets the stage for future activities and learning outcomes expected of the students.
Following the Engage is the Explore phase where students are provided the opportunity to “play” as they identify and develop their current understanding of the concept while generating new ideas and developing questions.
During the Explain phase, following the Explore, students are provided a clear and concise description of the new concept including any formal labels and pertinent vocabulary.
The Elaborate phase of the Instructional model is meant to provide in-depth learning experiences to enhance students’ understanding of the concept.
The final E phase of the 5E Model is the Evaluate, which is designed to assess student understanding of the concept and progress toward learning objectives.
The 5E Model represents a solid instructional model for diverse student populations, and each phase of the model is designed to evoke the interest and curiosity of all learners.