5E Inquiry-based Lesson Sample
Here is a sample of a 5E inquiry-based lesson. The lesson here is on friction, and this is an example of how inquiry-based learning can be accessible for anyone, even beginning teachers. While it is inquiry based, it is also linear and requires few resources. This lesson is designed for an 80-minute class, but a scaled down 5E lesson can also be done in 40 minutes.
The 5E lesson is founded on giving students more opportunities to make sense of concepts and minimize the role of the teacher. The 5Es are “Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, Evaluate.”
–Engage: Hook the students
–Explore: Students make sense of a concept through observations; may be hands-on
–Explain: Teacher introduces formal vocabulary and language to student observations during explore phase
–Elaborate: Students apply what they’ve learned
–Evaluate: Student, peer, and teacher assessment
Generally, the “Elaborate” piece should be the longest “E” and the “Explain” should be the shortest.
Friction Lesson Plan Sample: