Reflection: Student Led Inquiry Introduction to Scientific Observation & Measurement: Day One of Plaid Pete's Prize Potato - Section 3: Guided Exploration


I do my very best to use the 5E model of inquiry to develop my Science lessons.  This is an instructional model described by Rodger Bybee, Executive Director of the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study.  

The instructional sequence has 5 distinct phases, Engage, Explore, Explain, Extend, and Evaluate.  This model is based on brain and learning research.  Field studies have shown impressive academic learning gains in science content.  I know that when my instruction is built on a foundation of proven research, it is likely to be more effective.

In this particular two part investigation, the presentation of the investigation scenario is the "Engage" activity that creates interest and generates student curiosity.  The "Explore" portion is the Guided Exploration Section.  The "Explain" where students receive teacher explanation, along with student discussion, is provided for in the Instruction part of the investigation.  In Day 2, students "Extend" what they have learned by applying their skills to solving the identity of Plaid Pete's Prize Potato, and the "Evaluate" portion of the lesson happens during the Closure and Reflection section on Day 2, when students have to justify their claims and evidence.

A paper describing The BSCS 5E Instructional Model and 21st Century Skills can be accessed by clicking on the link.

  The 5E Model of Inquiry
  Student Led Inquiry: The 5E Model of Inquiry
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Introduction to Scientific Observation & Measurement: Day One of Plaid Pete's Prize Potato

Unit 1: What's The Matter Plaid Pete?
Lesson 3 of 22

Objective: SWBAT identify and collect qualitative and quantitative data.

Big Idea: How do scientists collect data? What kinds of data do they collect? Students learn about qualitative and quantitative data.

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Science, ELL, GLAD, Science Vocabulary, 5E Model of Inquiry
  65 minutes
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