Instructional Sequence Matters, Grades 3–5: Explore Before Explain

by: Patrick Brown

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Instructional Sequence Matters, Grades 3–5 is a one-stop resource that will inspire you to reimagine how you teach science in elementary school. The book discusses two popular approaches for structuring your lessons: POE (Predict, Observe, and Explain) and 5E (Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, and Evaluate). It also shows how simple shifts in the way you arrange and combine activities will help young students construct firsthand knowledge, while allowing you to put the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) into practice.

Like its popular counterpart for grades 6–8, the book is designed as a complete self-guided tour. It helps both novice teachers and classroom veterans to understand

• Why sequence matters. A concise review of developmental psychology, neurosciences, cognitive science, and science education research explains why the order in which you structure your lessons is so critical.
• What you need to do. An overview of important planning considerations covers becoming an “explore-before-explain” teacher and designing 5E and POE instructional models.
• How to do it. Ready-to-teach lessons use either a POE or 5E sequence to cover heat and temperature, magnetism, electric circuits, chemical changes, ecosystems, and earth processes. Detailed examples show how specific aspects of all three dimensions of the NGSS can translate into your classroom.
• What to do next. Reflection questions will spark thinking throughout the sequencing process and help you develop the knowledge to adapt these concepts to your students’ needs.

Instructional Sequence Matters will give you both the rationale and the real-life examples to restructure the hands-on approaches you are now using. The result will be a sequence for science instruction that promotes long-lasting understanding for your third- fourth-, or fifth-grade students.

“I was originally drawn to this book because of Patrick Brown’s use of the 5E Instructional Model. Soon, however, I found other compelling reasons to recommend it. The book is written by a teacher for teachers, it provides model lessons with a personal narrative about the decisions Dr. Brown himself had to make as a teacher, and it weaves in connections from the three dimensions of the NGSS. Finally, it uses the 5E Model with insightful examples. Without any hesitation, I recommend this book.” —Rodger W. Bybee, author of The BSCS 5E Instructional Model: Creating Teachable Moments (NSTA Press, 2015)

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Type NSTA Press BookPub Date 11/1/2019Pages 136ISBN 978-1-68140-658-9Stock # PB438X2

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