Hands-On Learning, Pedagogy

The 5E Instructional Model: Explore

Hello and welcome back!! All is well here in Little Smarticle Particle land, and today, I'm going to share with you some ideas about the second phase of the 5E Instructional Model...Explore. Before I go too far, I want to emphasize that sometimes your engage and explore may be intertwined in that the engage phase… Continue reading The 5E Instructional Model: Explore

Hands-On Learning, Pedagogy

The 5E Instructional Model: Engage

Hello again teacher friends! I'm so happy that you are here for this second post in my 5E Instructional Model series... So, let's get down to business. In my last post, I introduced this blog series about understanding the not-so-scary 5E Instructional Model. I know that when I first started teaching science... I had no… Continue reading The 5E Instructional Model: Engage

Hands-On Learning, Pedagogy

Understanding and Implementing the 5E Instructional Model

When I first started teaching science to second graders about six years  ago, I discovered that science and children are a natural fit... kinda like peanut butter and jelly. Why? Because kids are full of questions, and science is mankind's attempt to answer those questions. I'll let you in on a secret. I hated science… Continue reading Understanding and Implementing the 5E Instructional Model

Classroom Management, Pedagogy

Think – Pair – Share… How to hold your students accountable!

If you have ever tried the Think-Pair-Share strategy in your class, then you know it can be either great... or not so great. Been there, done that. I first started using this technique with second graders a few years back, and the first few times were chaotic to say the least. As soon as I… Continue reading Think – Pair – Share… How to hold your students accountable!