Instructional Models for Early Science Education

It’s been widely reported over the last decade that students start their education with a great deal of enthusiasm and then, as the years go by, much of the enthusiasm and curiosity seems to dwindle.  However, the best education does not show this trend.

One of the superior systems for teaching students science in the primary grades (PreK to 2nd grade) is the 5E Instructional Model. The goal is to get them to construct their new thinking, ideas, and knowledge on top of existing edifices of education and knowledge in their brain. The idea is to:


In this context each of these words or steps meaning something very specific.  for instance (and I quote the Science4Us explanation of the system): During the Explain phase, elementary students are provided a clear, concise description of the new concept which will include formal labels and essential vocabulary through a fun and captivating video clip. Within the Explain segment is a “Show What You Know” game-show-like assessment that checks for student understanding. The offline lesson is a graphic organizer or mind map that also determines mastery of the foundational science concept.

The Eclipse of August 21st, 2017

I feel extremely lucky having experienced both the once in 50 yer eclipse of today an the seventeen year locusts when I was much younger (and living in DC).

I feel extremely fortunate to have had the science education that I’ve had which started at a very young age and more importantly, was led by by father who was a world class thinker about science and education.   From an early age, he focused on building understanding of the big science concepts and had a cross cutting organizational mind which marked me to this day. I remain impatient with learning facts and am always curious about finding patterns and understanding the big picture.

As a little kid, certainly by second grade, I understood that found was a vibration that could be transmitted by the “microphone” of a bottom of a cup, along a tight string, to another cup which would act like a speaker. He also had me understanding that the basis of the telephone was the same vibration which make the electrical current flux and which could be transmitted and broadcast the same way.