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A New NSTA Book Helps Elementary School Teachers Boost Science Learning with Simple Shifts in the Way They Structure Their Lessons

Instructional Sequence Matters, Grades 3–5: Explore Before Explain book cover (Graphic: Business Wire)


Instructional Sequence Matters, Grades 3–5: Explore Before Explain, offers a self-guided tour to becoming an “explore-before-explain” teacher. Just published by NSTA Press, the book provides the rationale and real-life examples to help teachers arrange and combine their lessons in ways that promote long-lasting understanding for young scientists.

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Instructional Sequence Matters discusses two popular approaches to structuring science lessons: POE (Predict, Observe, and Explain) and 5E (Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, and Evaluate). Then it helps both novice teachers and classroom veterans to understand why sequence matters and how to make the necessary shifts.

Ready-to-teach lessons use either a POE or 5E sequence to cover heat and temperature, magnetism, electric circuits, chemical changes, ecosystems, and earth processes. Detailed examples show how specific aspects of all three dimensions of the Next Generation Science Standards can translate into the classroom. Throughout the book, reflection questions challenge teachers to embrace and adapt to the new approaches.

Author Patrick Brown also wrote the NSTA Press book Instructional Sequence Matters, Grades 6–8. Both books show that by adopting the explore-before-explain mindset, teachers can restructure the hands-on approaches they already use to become more effective.

Browse sample pages of this title for free at the NSTA Science Store website.

For additional information or to purchase a copy of Instructional Sequence Matters, Grades 3–5 and other books from NSTA Press, visit the NSTA Science Store. To order by phone, call 800-277-5300 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET weekdays. The 136-page book is priced at $25.95 and discount-priced for NSTA members at $20.76. (Stock # PB438X2; ISBN # 978-1-68140-658-9)

About the National Science Teaching Association

The Arlington, VA-based National Science Teaching Association is the largest professional organization in the world promoting excellence in science teaching and learning, preschool through college. NSTA’s membership includes approximately 50,000 science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business representatives, and others involved in science education.

NSTA Press® produces 25 to 30 new books and e-books each year. Focused on the preK–college market and specifically aimed at teachers of science, NSTA Press titles offer a unique blend of accurate scientific content and sound teaching strategies. Follow NSTA Press on Facebook for the latest information and new book releases.

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