5E Inquiry Model for Teachers

Brooke Higginbotham and Melanie Ragland

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What is the 5E inquiry model?

Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, Evaluate

What does the 5E Model look like in the classroom?

What are the BENEFITS of the 5E inquiry model?

  • The intention [of the 5E model] is to facilitate the transfer of concepts and abilities to related, but new situations. A key point for this process: use activities that are a challenge but achievable by the students.
  • “Group discussions and cooperative learning situations provide opportunities for students to express their understanding of the subject and receive feedback from others who are very close to their own level of understanding” (Bybee, et al. 2006).
  • “Learners begin to communicate what they have learned. Language provides motivation for sequencing events into a logical format. Communication occurs between peers, with the facilitator, and through the reflective process” (National Science Teachers Association).

Why Teachers Will Love 5E


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Bybee, Roger W., et al. The BSCS 5E Instructional Model:Origins and Effectiveness. A Report Prepared for the Office of Science Education National Institutes of Health, Colorado Springs, CO: BSCS, 2006.

Bybee, Rodger W., rodgerwbybee@gmail.com. "The BSCS 5E Instructional Model: Personal Reflections and Contemporary Implications." Science & Children Apr. 2014: 10+. Education Source. Web. 2 July 2014.

National Science Teachers Association. "5Es Overview: The 5E instructional model." NASA.gov. March 18, 2013. http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/

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