January 11, 2015

The 5E Model - Our New Lesson Plans

Happy New Year!  This past week was our first week back to school.  Our weather was cold and drizzly, but our students were really pretty calm.  We, as teachers, were trying to get back into the swing of things after two weeks of rest and holiday festivities.  One focus of our attention this week has been lesson plans.  Our district is moving towards the Five E model of lesson plans for all subject areas.  Last year we dabbled in the 5 E's for Science instruction.  This year, with Go Math, we moved into using it for Math as well.  Now in January, we are supposed to add ELA and Social Studies.

The 5 E's is an instructional model based on an approach to learning where students connect new learning experiences to prior knowledge. The 5 E model can be used with students from Pre-kinder through high school.

Each phase in this lesson model begins with the letter "E":

Engage: This phase provides a focus for the lesson.  The teacher focuses students on the content they will be learning.  It helps her find out what students already know and  they want to know.

This provides students with an experience that helps them actively explore and develop concepts, processes, and skills.

Students are given opportunities to explain their understanding of concepts they have been exploring. This is also where the teacher can provide vocabulary, definitions, and explanations of concepts, processes, and skills.

This is where students extend and develop a deeper understanding of major concepts.  They can delve deeper into areas of interest, and refine their conceptual skills.

This allows teachers to assess the students' understanding of key concepts and skill development.

For most teachers this is new way to structure and set up our lessons.  Most of the teachers in my school are used to a Madeline Hunter type format of  Objectives, Materials, Anticipatory Set, Teacher Direct, Modeling, Check for Understanding, Guided Practice, Independent Practice, Evaluation.  But, when you really look closely, most of the steps in Madeline Hunter Lessons can fit somewhere in the 5E model.  The biggest difference is how the learning is layered one phase before the other to provide connections. And also, the focus in the 5 E model of letting children explore prior to providing them with content. 

As we use and become more familiar with this model of instruction, we have been tweaking our lesson plan formats.  This is one format that seems to have been working well so far.

I'd love to hear the comments of teachers who have been using the 5E model for a while.  Do you use it in all subject areas?  Does it make your lesson planning harder?  How has using it affected your student achievement.  I hope to have answers to these and other questions after we have more experience using this model.
Until Next Time...


January 4, 2015

Welcome and Happy New Year!

Happy New Year and Welcome!  Thanks for stopping by and visiting my new blog!  I hope share great tips and teaching ideas for use in the elementary classroom!  To start things off, I have linked up with Jessica at Second Grade Nest to talk about a few goals and resolutions for the upcoming year. Hope you enjoy!


I really want to start to eat healthier and visit our local restaurants a little less often. With my family's schedule this is really going to be a challenge. My husband and I both work late and our daughter has extracurricular activities each night.  By the time we get home, it is easier and quicker to run down to one of our favorite restaurants, and grab a quick dinner. But in the long run, it will be healthier for us to eat at home and save us quite a bit of money.  I think I need to start by planning out a weekly menu, prep and do as much as I can on the weekend,  and then stick to the plan.

My goal at work is to really organize myself and my room.  I have so many things that need to be filed, put away, thrown away and organized.  This task is daunting, but I really want to work towards doing it.  Even if I spend 15 minutes each day after school tackling a small area.

I would really like to take a road trip this summer and visit several states.  My husband is ready and willing.  Now I just need the time to just plan out our trip!
I would really like to try more items at our favorite Asian restaurant.  They specialize in a Vietnamese, Thai, Chinese fusion type cuisine.  I usually order the same things, but want to be more adventurous and try different items from their menu.

I want to learn how to use Photoshop.  I would really love to be able to explore my creative side with digital imaging.

I want to read more!  I have so many books that are sitting untouched on my bookcase.  I love to read and just haven't had the time to do it lately.  Bingewatching on Netflix may be a small contributor to the fact that I have no time to read! Yikes!

I want to accomplish success in my new blog and my TPT store.  This January 31st is the one year anniversary of the opening of my TPT store.  It has been an incredible journey.  I have learned so much and become connected with a great group of educators.  I look forward to the coming year and will continue to learn and improve.  As I set out on this new blogging adventure, I hope to continue to learn and grow. 


 Until Next Time...