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The 5 E’s Lesson Plan. William “T.J.” Booth 13 July 2011. Goals. Brief Explanation Short Group Activity Example of Lesson Plan. The 5 E’s. Engage Explore Explain Extend Evaluate. Engage. “Priming the Pump” Assessment of prior knowledge

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The 5 E’s Lesson Plan

William “T.J.” Booth

13 July 2011

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  • Brief Explanation

  • Short Group Activity

  • Example of Lesson Plan

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The 5 E’s

  • Engage

  • Explore

  • Explain

  • Extend

  • Evaluate

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  • “Priming the Pump”

  • Assessment of prior knowledge

  • Example: Using props or figures that may directly or indirectly correlate with lesson

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  • Describes initial investigation

  • Lab activities

  • Examples: ubiquity experiment, olfaction experiment, tablecloth pull experiment

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  • Understanding what has happened in the Explore stage

  • Hardest Stage/ Very Important

  • Example: Explanation of experimental results

  • Diving board

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Extend/ Elaborate

  • Taking the knowledge learned and relating it elsewhere

  • Similar instances, different circumstances

  • Example: Factors affecting bacterial survival vs. factors affecting human survival

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  • Assessment of Understanding

  • Example: Test students knowledge in some form, to determine if they grasped the concept.

  • How it’s done can make a world of difference

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  • Assuming 8th graders have just completed a lesson on the periodic table, create an introductory lesson of a unit on atoms using the 5E’s

  • Focus on introducing basic atomic components: proton, neutron, electron.

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Lesson Example



  • -Ask students what they remember from the lesson about the growth conditions of Bacteria. (clicker activity or short matching exercise)

  • EXPLORE: (Talk about the importance of sterility)

  • -Provide the students with sterile swabs and allow them to investigate their environment. (the greenway, areas around the school, themselves)

  • -Have students document where swabbed

  • -Materials needed: Sterile swabs, agar plates, petri dishes, incubator, and hydrogen peroxide.


  • -Explain to the students how scientists determine what they find.

  • -Explain growth media and fit the needs of the type of organism they want to grow.

  • -Explain the importance of sterility. Have the students explain ways that scientist can prevent contamination.


  • -Before growth media, what did scientist do to grow bacteria?


  • Test students on the importance of sterility and the practices that they can do to prevent contamination.

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  • Biological Sciences and Curriculum Study (BSCS)

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Starting a Science Club


  • Objective: The objective of this Club is to increase the passion  for science of its participants while increasing their ability to think analytically.

  • Goals:

  • Provide student-led teaching environment

  • Promote analytical thought through group activities

  • Expose students to areas of science that may be unfamiliar

  • Provide clarity about requirements of popular and unpopular scientific occupations

  • Expose students to current events within the scientific community

  • Re-enforce the steps of the scientific method for greater clarity of  the process of experimentation

  • Conduct a student-led experiment focused on an area of interest within the City of High Point for presentation to the scientific community at UNC Greensboro. (Resident Scientists and Teachers will act as guides for experiment.) 

  • Projected Meeting Dates:

  • Feb 10th, 17th, and 24th

  • March 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, and 31st

  • April 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th

  • May 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th

  • June 9th

  • Projected Meeting Time:

  • Thursday 4 pm- 5pm

  • Projected Cost:

  • We estimate that the group will contain no more than 20 students , but we will not turn away students if more are interested in participating.

  • Snacks Provided:

    • Bagged Chips (Frito-Lay Family Pack) 22 pack at $8.99 per pack* ($9.00 )

    • Juice Box (Capri Sun), 10 pack at $2.99 per box* ($3.00)

  • *prices obtained from Harris Teeter (Friendly Center) website

  • $9.00 +$3.00 +$3.00 = $15.00

  • $15.00 + $ 1.16 (sales tax )= $16.16

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Starting a Science Club

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Tips for Success

  • Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance

  • Start Slowly

  • Be Patient, and allow the students to think for themselves

  • Try to get more faculty involved

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Thank You!