Lifeliqe is hitting the number of 200 lesson plans and soon we will publish a complete Middle School Science curriculum!
All of our learning materials, the complete Middle School Science curriculum included, are enhanced with 3D models and augmented reality (AR) and also NGSS and Common Core aligned. What’s more, they are following the 5E instructional model based on Engaging, Exploring, Explaining, Extending, and Evaluating. This approach increases the impact on science education.
The man behind a big part of the lesson plans and the curriculum is a renowned author and an education expert, Dr. Michael Carter. He worked as an advisor of Steve Jobs in the early era of Apple and Next and now he is sharing his expertise with Lifeliqe. His lesson plans are correlated to major US science textbooks and open educational resources.
5 E’s enhanced by Lifeliqe
The five E’s describe the learning process and stand for Engage, Explore, Explain, Extend, and Evaluate. Additionally, Lifeliqe enhances these five stages with two more E’s: Experience and Emotions. This way we are providing learning resources that are perfect to create lightbulb moments.
The E’s instructional model has been here since the late eighties thanks to an educational center called Biological Sciences Curriculum Study (BSCS) that develops curricular materials. The instructional model is considering a constructivist approach to learning that says students gain new ideas on top of what they already know.
What do the particular stages mean?
Engage: make connections between the past and present learning experiences
At first, it’s crucial to engage the students and use the engagement to create a connection. By doing so, you activate the knowledge they already have and provoke curiosity. The activity you use in this stage should make connections between the past and present learning experiences.
Explore: gain new knowledge on your own
Second, the teacher assigns students a task that produces new ideas, investigates questions and possibilities, and design and conduct an introductory research. Students explore and learn new knowledge on their own, make new connections and get lightbulb moments.
Explain: show what you learned, share how you understand it
The third stage focuses on students’ engagement and exploration experiences and gives them the possibility to show how they understand the content. The teachers also have the opportunity to introduce new skills and concepts.
“Learners explain their understanding of the concept. An explanation from the teacher or the curriculum may guide them toward a deeper understanding, which is a critical part of this phase” (BSCS, 2016).
“Divide your student into groups and have them create five new species of organisms, give them a unique set of characteristics, then together have students describe their new organisms and how it behaves. Explain where their species fit into the taxonomy of living organisms,” suggests Dr. Carter in his lesson plan Classification of Living Things
Extend (or elaborate): lock it into the learner’s memory
In this phase, students acquire deeper knowledge and understanding of the subject. In additional activities, learners apply their understanding of the concept.
“If a learner elaborates on the knowledge they have recently acquired it will anchor it better in their memory. The neuroscientists also emphasize using the new knowledge in ‘authentic situations’, lock it into the learner’s’ memory,” explains Dr. Carter.
The last phase helps students to master the topic and reflect where they can improve. Students assess their understanding and abilities and teachers evaluate their progress toward achieving the educational objectives.
In his lesson plan Cellular Respiration, Dr. Carter suggests: “To gauge how well students have understood what has been covered, have students go to the ‘Plant Cell’ model in the Lifeliqe Plant Biology library, and identify where photosynthesis and cellular respiration take place.”
Experience and Emotions
For Lifeliqe, five E’s are not enough. To provide lesson plans that help teachers to spark lightbulb moments among their students and connect with them, our lesson plans and curriculums are adding Experience and Emotions. What is the reason?
The interactivity of the models allows students to actually feel them. The vivid Experience sparks curiosity, creates excitement and provokes positive Emotions towards learning materials. That’s why it enables students to build the knowledge much easier.
Have a look at a lesson plan Cell Division that Dr. Carter wrote as a part of Middle School Life Science curriculum.
Dr. Carter’s curriculum will soon be introduced to Lifeliqe and its new design. So far, you can browse through 200 lesson plans that are already available in the app.