Capstone Project Title
The project titled “Implementation of the 5E Learning Cycle in STEM Freedom School Curriculum” was completed by Natasha Semanko in the summer of 2020. For this project, two weeks of new curriculum was created for STEM Freedom School. Each lesson followed the 5E inquiry cycle and focused on topics within the theme of Environmental Studies and Sustainability. Lesson topics included the water cycle, groundwater contamination, pollution in lakes/rivers/oceans, overfishing, and the food chain. In this curriculum, students create a presentation or poster of the material to share with families and visitors at the End of Year Showcase. The key influences of this project were Allen, Harron, Qadri, & Rodriguez (2019) and Dass (2015) with their definitions and explanations of each stage in the 5E inquiry cycle, and Nargund-Joshi & Bautista (2016) with the suggestion of combining the 5E inquiry cycle and the Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) to provide further support for English Language Learners. The curriculum created for this project will be implemented in the Summer of 2021. Through observation and analysis of student learning, the effectiveness of the implementation of the 5E learning cycle will be determined.
Semanko, Natasha, "The Implementation of the 5E Learning Cycle in Stem Freedom School Curriculum" (2020). School of Education Student Capstone Projects. 532.
School of Education Student Capstone Projects