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Phenomenal Science is a regional collaboration between the Science, Mathematics, Technology Center at Central Michigan University and the Great Lakes Bay ISDs to develop K-5 science units through professional learning. This program will result in 21 units that contain three-dimensional science instruction according to the Michigan Science Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The Phenomenal Science unit plans include the goals, evidence, learning plan, instructional cycles (5Es), lesson plan, assessments, handouts, materials lists and sample anchor charts.

Welcome to 3-D education

Professional learning for teachers will be available focused on instructional strategies for implementing 3-D learning in elementary science instruction, such as: including science discourse, making thinking visible, note booking, blended learning and engaging students in modeling. Within professional learning, teachers will also learn to develop 3-D units through backward design and application of strategies.

Joining forces to take the next step

This collaboration is funded by Michigan Virtual and the Michigan STEM Partnership. The units developed will be free to all educators through the Michigan Virtual Learning Object Repository (LOR) in Fall 2017 for piloting and incorporate blended learning elements and integrate engineering, mathematics and language arts. Teachers will be able to search the LOR by topics, grade levels, units or lessons. Some units in draft format are currently available for viewing.
Learning Object Repository

Get prepared

K-5 teachers can get prepared in advance to teach to the new science standards with an introduction to Phenomenal Science in our Professional Learning Portal.
Phenomenal Science Course


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Limited Course Capacity

We’re sorry to inform you that we have reached capacity for several of our Semester 1 and Trimester 1 courses. You’ll notice when attempting to enroll students in our Student Learning Portal that some courses are unavailable. While we are no longer accepting new enrollments for these courses at this time, many courses continue to remain open for enrollment.

With many students across the state 100% remote, demand for our online courses is greater than ever before. Because every course we offer is taught by a Michigan-certified teacher, this high volume of enrollments has created capacity issues for our teachers who provide each and every student with individual feedback.

While the Michigan Virtual team anticipated and planned for significant increases in student enrollments this Fall, the increased demand we’ve experienced has been unprecedented. As a result, we are taking steps to hire even more part-and full-time teachers to support larger numbers of student enrollments for Semester 2 as well as for Trimester 2 and 3. 

For schools that still need online learning options this year, please fill out the form at the bottom of our virtual pathways page to meet with someone to discuss other solutions. While some of our teacher-led courses are full, we may still have the capacity to help you in upcoming terms or can discuss timing to implement a whole-school or collaborative program in which local teachers from your school/district use our online course content to teach students. We also have free course content and resources available for you to use.

We know this is an incredibly stressful time for all, and we’re sorry if the courses you’re looking for are unavailable. We never want to turn away a student who wants to learn from us. Our top concern, however, is student success, and we have a policy to not take on additional enrollments if we cannot guarantee that all students will have a quality online learning experience. 

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate the unusually high volume of enrollments we are receiving.