No Beauty Without Water

After deciding on which teaching approach or teaching strategy to use, I would now go for the subject choosing. I plan to go for the topic of WATER for year 2 students and I found an interesting BLOG on SCIENCE! It’s ScienceBlogs.com. Do check it out! One of the latest blogposts is about the WORLD WATER DAY (22nd of March) which caught my attention in clicking into it. I guess this could one of my introductory lessons or even essential question to stimulate children’s interest.

For me, it is always so important to teach our children to value, respect, and, above all, not to waste water. It must be taught from the very young age! In the Teach Kids About Water, it provides me a few activities whereby children can practice at home to SAVE WATER, of course, it requires the help from their parents. Besides, there are also a few FUN WATER FACTS such as there is 97.5% of the worlds’ water is salt water – only 2.5% is freshwater (Bradford, 2013).

 

Reference: 

Bradford, K.R. (2013). Teach kids about water. Retrieved 1st April, 2013 fromhttp://www.ecofriendlykids.co.uk/water.html

Sensa mineral water [image]. Retrieved 1st April, 2013 from http://www.4life.com.gr/en/our-water

5 E’s MODEL

“It’s time… it’s time.. to start working on the second assignment! I keep reminding myself on this.” 

After knowing what the second assignment is all about, I decided to start searching for what teaching strategies can be used to implement the lessons. Not only that, by doing this, it can also prepares me for the professional practice later. As I browse through a series of approaches, I found 5 E models which I used it for my Science assignment previously. It is therefore, quite familiar for me.

One of my coursemates, she did also mention about three different the Dimension of Learning, one of it is 5E Teaching Model in her learning journal. She listed the five stages of it, namely, Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate and Evaluate.
 

Brief explanation of 5E’s model:
1. Engage:
Introduction of the lessons should stimulate curiosity and prior children’s knowledge. It can be a problem or an event that creates questions and motivates children to discover more about the particular topic.

2. Explore
Children are given opportunities to actively explore the particular topic in a hands-on activity. Children can learn best through their five senses such as taste, see, touch, hear and smell.

3. Explain
Teachers ask questions as a strategy to guide children’s discussion of information discovered during the Explore stage.

4. Elaborate
Children are encouraged to extend the new concept and related terms during interaction with the teacher and other children.

5. Evaluate
Children demonstrate their understanding of the particular topic.

In Overview of the 5e Model of Instruction by Queen Anne’s County Public Schools, it provides us a series of explanation of 5E teaching Model which is so in details. Besides, it also provides us the guiding questions for each of the stage that guide teachers to plan for the lesson effectively.

For example:
Guiding Questions:
How will the teacher capture children’s interest?
What kind of questions should the children ask themselves after the engagement?
What hands-on/minds-on activities will children be doing?
What are the “big idea” conceptual questions that the teacher will use to encourage and/or focus children’s exploration?  (Schoolwires, 2013)

 

Reference:

Schoolwires. (2013). Overview of the 5e model of instruction. Retrieved 1 April, 2013 from http://qacps.schoolwires.net/Page/281