The 5E Instructional Model continues…
Today I’m going to delve into the fourth component of the 5E Instructional Model… Elaborate. I’ve also heard it referred to as the “Extend” component.
I have to admit that for me, this is the most difficult part, and this is the area of instruction that I need to improve on. I find that time is a big issue when it comes to extending our learning simply because the curriculum is so deadline and test-driven that it is hard to fit it all in. But, that’s a blog post for another day.
So, what does it mean when we say “elaborate“?
In the broadest sense it means that it’s time for your kiddos to learn about a concept at a deeper level by applying what they have already learned. So how can they do this?
- Do you remember those questions that your students may have written in the “W” column of their KWL charts? Well, now is a good time to let them do a little research. How you prefer them to present it is up to you… heck, let them decide.
- Let students create a solution to a problem that may be prevalent within the concept they have just learned about. For example… create a mini “oil spill” and let them determine a scientific solution to cleaning it up.
- Design an experiment – this could easily tie into numbers one and two above.
- Compare and Contrast activities are a good fit for the Elaborate component. When students compare different concepts that they have learned, they solidify their learning as well as make connections across different concepts.
- Career Research…. what kind of cool careers are out there that this concept lends itself to?
- Cross-Curricular Activities – For example, maybe you are studying the middle ages in social studies. Students can use their knowledge of force and motion to design a better catapult or grappling hook, etc… Which leads me to…
- STEM activities that incorporate the new concepts!!
My next post will wrap this series up with an entry about the final component of the 5E Instructional Model: Evaluate. I will discuss how the 5E Model is not linear, but really more cyclical in nature… HUH?
Until next time