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Learn how to design effective STEM lessons using the 5E instructional model. Under this model, developed by the Biological Science Curriculum Council, each lesson is divided into five easily remembered segments – Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, and Evaluate. This approach is based on research showing that students learn more readily when they – not the teacher – are the ones assessing their existing understanding and doing the work required to improve that understanding. The course explains the research that supports this approach and shows what to do, and what not to do, at each stage of a 5E lesson. The course also shows how to make 5E lessons even more engaging by embedding the stories of women and men from diverse background doing exciting work in STEM fields.


At the end of the course you will design your own 5E lesson with an activity for each of the five stages:

  1. Engage – Activate students’ prior knowledge and help them become engaged in a new concept.
  2. Explore – Provide a common base of activities so students can identify current conceptions and facilitate new understanding.
  3. Explain – Introduce concepts or skills and allow students to explain their understanding to each other.
  4. Elaborate – Challenge and extend students’ understanding and skills.
  5. Evaluate – Allow students to demonstrate their understanding of key concepts.

Other Credits: 1.5 CEU Credits

Course Number: EDUC-40106
Credit: 1.50 unit(s)