5E Instructional Model
The 5E Instructional Model is a learning cycle based on a constructivist view of learning. Constructivism embraces the idea that learners bring with them preconceived ideas about how the world works and that they need to redefine and reorganize those ideas through learning experiences and self-reflection in order to gradually gain a more accurate and deeper scientific understanding. The 5 phases of the 5E model encourages this constructivist approach to learning by having students explore and gradually construct their own understanding of scientific concepts.
For further explanation, please read the NSTA Article: BSCS 5E Instructional Model.
To see how the 5 E model is evolving, please read Expanding the 5E Model.
Cari Williams has been developing her understanding of The Framework for K-12 Science Teaching and the NGSS through the development of curriculum, collaborative learning experiences with NSTA 3D Learning Cadre Members and as a Science Peer Review Panelist for Achieve. To learn more, please go to