Learning with Inquiring Minds: Students are introduced to the unit on gas laws and properties of gases using the 5E modelby: Carolyn Evans

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In this article, the teacher moves from a lecture-oriented classroom to a student-centered classroom by redesigning the unit on gas laws based on the five phases of the 5E instructional model—engagement, exploration, explanation, elaboration or extension, and evaluation. This approach, known as teacher-initiated inquiry or guided inquiry, gave students a head start with the modified technique.

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  • on Sun Nov 05, 2017 10:12 PM

This article is fantastic to read! This particular one allows the author to show inquiry implemented into the content for the students to enjoy an awesome learning experience. I personally enjoy the self evaluation in order for students to know their familiarity of the property of gases. In addition to the self evaluation, the 5-E's lesson planning was used for students to investigate properties of gases as well as rubric for the specific lab activity.

Michael Moran  (Medina, OH)
Michael Moran (Medina, OH)

  • on Fri Nov 09, 2012 3:17 PM

This is a ‘must read’ article! The author shows how and explains why she combined content and inquiry learning into a fun and engaging learning experience for her high school students. I think this lesson could be modified and used in middle school as well. Following a 5 E lesson plan format, the students explored various questions having to do with properties of gases. The author includes a rubric for the lab activity and a self-evaluation form that her students used to reflect on their individual lab performances.

Carolyn M  (Buffalo Grove, IL)
Carolyn M (Buffalo Grove, IL)

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