Introduction to Phenomenal Science

The Michigan Science Standards are changing how we think about science instruction in our state. This introductory course will help you understand the Michigan Science Standards and NGSS and you will discover the teacher-crafted Phenomenal Science curriculum. You will learn to identify the essential characteristics of an exemplary elementary science lesson, and the need to apply Science Discourse, Modeling, and Inquiry in your classrooms. Finally, you will see how you can apply several key instructional strategies in your own classrooms.
In this course, you will:
  • Discover how you and your students can approach the study of nature just like a scientist would,
  • Familiarize yourself with the elements of the Phenomenal Science curriculum implementing this approach – created by Michigan teachers for Michigan teachers,
  • Explore the teaching methods as you learn through experimentation, reflections and your own ‘notebooking’,
  • Discover the Community Wall that will allow you to connect to other community members, and
  • Review resources that will aid you in your teaching methods.

SCECHs Granted


Who should take this course?


What grade level(s) does this course apply to?

Lower Elementary
Upper Elementary

Course Vendor

Michigan Virtual

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.