ENGAGE in the 5E Lesson

By: Jackie Brand

The 5E Lesson

A good 5E lesson is how a science lesson is set up to cover many different ways of instruction. There are 5 stages where both teachers and students have their own things they need to do.

1.) Engage

2.) Explore

3.) Explain

4.) Elaborate

5.) Evaluate


I will be covering the ENGAGE stage because I think it is the most fun since it is what grabs the student's attention to get them reeled into the lesson.

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Purpose of Engaging

The purpose of the engage stage is to:

  • Introduce main topic
  • Excite student interest
  • Activate prior knowledge
  • Identifies misconceptions and preconceptions

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What does the teacher do?

During the engage stage, the teacher:

  • Creates interest
  • Generates curiosity
  • Raises questions
  • Elicits responses that uncover what the students know or think about the concept/topic.

The teachers job is important because without doing what they are supposed to, the students can't get what they are in charge of during the lesson. The teachers engage stage should be something fun or interesting to the student's in his/her classroom.

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What do the students do?

During the explore stage, the students:

  • Ask questions, such as: Why did this happen? What do I already know about this? What can I find out about this?
  • Shows interest in the topic

The students should be actively engaged in the lesson so by having the teacher doing their job during this stage, it allows the students to be able to ask more questions and find more interest in the lesson that is about to happen.

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Examples for the engage stage

Some example activities for the engage stage consists (but not limited to):

  • Discrepant events
  • Personal experiences
  • Demonstrations
  • Current events

A more specific example of a demonstration that a teacher might do is to do a pop rock candy and soda pop experiment to see if it can explode a stomach or not. In a lesson plan over the states of matter, I had a balloon with pop rocks in it with the lip of the balloon over the lip of the soda pop bottle. We poured the pop rocks in and the soda and candy mixed, and the gases from carbonation filled the balloon to expand it. It caught the students attention and got them asking questions as to why that happened, which helped me have their attention during the rest of the lesson so they could figure out the answer to their questions.

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How does the ENGAGE support constructivist teaching?

Having the students engaged in class helps support constructivist teaching because the students are actively involved in the classroom. They are able to ask questions, answer questions, participate in activities, and engage in the class discussion. When student's are being engaged at the beginning of a lesson, the teacher will probably struggle to keep their attention throughout the entire lesson or have a hard time gathering students back to the attention of the teacher when needing to regroup.