Phenomenal Science refers to centering science instruction on developing students’ conceptual understanding of real phenomena that actually happen.
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 will result in 21 units that contain three-dimensional science instruction according to the Michigan Science Standards (adopted 11/10/15 by Michigan State Board of Education) and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), except hands-on components. The Phenomenal Science unit plans include the goals, evidence, learning plan, instructional cycles (5Es), lesson plan, assessments, handouts, materials lists and sample anchor charts. They will be available for widespread dissemination in Fall 2017.
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, notebooking, blended learning and engaging students in modeling. The units will contain what a teacher will need to facilitate three-dimensional science instruction according to the new Michigan Science Standards, except hands-on components. Within Professional Learning teachers will also learn to develop 3-D units through backwards design and application of strategies.
This collaboration is funded by Michigan Virtual University and the Michigan STEM Partnership. The units developed will be free to all educators through the MVU Learning Object Repository (LOR) in Fall 2016 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. There are some of the units in DRAFT format currently available for viewing at http://lor.myblend.org/phenomenal-science.
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Phenomenal Science is an approved vendor for MDE STEM Professional Development funding (MEGS, 99s(5)).