Lesson Planning, Part 2
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The 5E Model

“Get students constructing knowledge and making meaning from their learning experiences.”

The order in which we decide to progress through a lesson with students matters. Sequencing lessons may have become second nature to you, so you may no longer examine the order of things happening in a class session. Instead, we place our focus on the order or progression of ideas. The 5E Model is a tool you can use to refocus on planning effective learning experiences online, remote, or in a hybrid virtual environment.



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  • What do you think?

Ask questions

  • What do you wonder?
  • What are you curious about?

Assess prior knowledge

  • What do you know?
  • How did you learn it?


Watch videos
Read articles
Offline tasks to complete


Live Synchronous Sessions

Video Lessons

  • Instruction
  • Modeling
  • Scaffolding

Use the chat feature to ask questions and engage the group

Share videos directly from Google Drive

  • QuickTime + YouTube

Create online playlists

Engage students around your video content with questions and monitor their progress

Allow students to teach each other concepts by recording videos


Make connections

  • Connect concepts 
  • Connect concepts to life beyond the classroom
  • Connect concepts to art, literature, music

Apply learning to new or novel situations

  • Tackle quirky real-world  problems
  • Document your process as a group

Explain how

  • Articulate the process you would use to solve a problem or approach a particular situation

Student-created study materials and resources

  • Take the information and design a review resource


Formative assessments 
Video reflections
Digital exit tickets 

Download this Chart: Designing an Online Lesson Using the 5 Es Instructional Model – Google Docs