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
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
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
Have you ever felt that getting your students to think outside of the box is like pulling teeth? Some kids either just don't know how or they are afraid of being "wrong". Today, I'm going to share with you a strategy that I just sort of stumbled upon that has become my absolute favorite to… Continue reading Developing Higher Order Thinking Skills with Sorting Activities
Hey y'all!! Why am I so happy you ask? Because spring is just around the corner in my little neck of the woods. I know it's not quite February, but soon the daffodils will be blooming, the trees will start to leaf out, and the frogs will be a-croaking. Pretty soon, the bluebonnets are going… Continue reading Teaching about plants…getting started.