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5-E Model for Teaching Inquiry Science

Author(s): Nancy Moreno, PhD

What Might This Look Like?

A simple example of the 5-E Model starts off with a question, “Why does ice float?” which comprises the Engagement phase. 

In the Exploration phase students could measure the mass of equal volumes of ice and water. They would discover that although they might have equal volume, liquid water has a greater mass than ice. 

This could be incorporated into the Explanation phase as they investigate density. 

In the Elaboration phase students could investigate the density of other materials or learn about the structure of ice. 

In their Evaluation, students may present a report or concept map on their findings to the class to demonstrate what they have learned.