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Watch a teacher demonstrate the Engage & Explore in the 5E lesson model

Updated on May 1, 2013

Engage and Explore:The Nitrogen Cycle Lesson Intro

Engage: Here I open up this 5E lesson by discussing what a cycle is.

Engage means to have your students' attention in a way that you can successfully introduce a concept in a way that is meaningful and effective. How will you get them interested in the learning? This part of the lesson does not have to be grand or too simple. You have to figure out what is appropriate for the given lesson being taught.

There several ways to effectively engage students in a lesson. You might create a video; use a book or just pictures. In this video I engaged students' thinking by asking them questions about a cycle. I used students' prior knowledge and used discussion and effective questioning, about everyday examples that might help them to begin to understand cycles in order to begin to explore the nitrogen cycle. You want to smoothly transition into the next 5E.

To prepare for this "Nitrogen lesson" I created my lesson beforehand, had a script to read for the skit, and create graphic organizers for the kids to write their data. I also made a PowerPoint, for some reason it did not want to work that morning so I had an illustration as a backup that I projected in the front of the class for all the students to see. It is important to teach with clear and correct illustrations.

In the Explore portion I beginned the skit by allowing the students to experience what a cycle feels like. Explore is all about experiencing the concept being taught. This is the heart of the lesson because this is where the child gets to work with their new knowledge. They might not really understand just yet, but through exploring the hope is that they will come to comprehend through practice.


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