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Thursday, February 24 • 10:45am - 12:00pm
Using the Instructional Sequence of “Explore before Explain” in Science to help students make meaning

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How can we update and refresh our science instruction to bring this 1996 program of studies into the 21st Century? When teaching elementary science we often focus on the discrete “hands on investigations” which is essential, but how do we know students are understanding the scientific concepts connected to the topic we are working on? This practical session will focus on how to plan and teach science using the 5E instructional framework (Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate and Evaluate) to promote conceptual understanding with our program of studies. Particular focus will be placed on helping students make connections between the “Explore and Explain” phase of this inquiry framework.

Research indicates that students' reading comprehension improves when they develop content knowledge (Willingham, 2014). Science builds students’ background knowledge about how the world works. In this session you will learn:
When and how to introduce science vocabulary
Use informational text to support knowledge gained in investigations
Help students learn the important skill of scientific explanations to communicate their understanding

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Nicole Lamoureux

Teacher, Edmonton Catholic Schools
Nicole Lamoureux has over 17 years of experience teaching in both Div 1 and Div 2 Elementary classrooms. She has also served as a math and science consultant with Edmonton Catholic Schools (2018-2021). Nicole completed her M.Ed, in Curriculum Instruction & Leadership. She brings her... Read More →

Thursday February 24, 2022 10:45am - 12:00pm MST