Lesson Plans for Unique Learning System® focus on expanding the instructional direction of the monthly curriculum materials. The format includes a tight alignment to state and educational standards and the identified learning objectives of students with disabilities.
Each instructional opportunity for revisiting the lesson is now included in the lesson plans. This is directly related to the Suggested Monthly Plan, which can be found in the Monthly Tools of Unique Learning System.
Each grade band in Unique Learning System is represented by a different color of Lesson Plan.
Suggested Monthly Plan
The Suggested Monthly Plan advises on solutions to implement the monthly unit materials, core materials and pre- and post-assessments into routine-based classroom instruction. The Plan is an example of how to sequence and pace monthly lessons and activities. It encourages repetition with each monthly lesson in order to build comprehension and extend learning for each instructional target presented in the lesson. The number of activities presented in each lesson correlates with the number of times each lesson will be revisited, as suggested in the Monthly Plan.
Additionally, the Suggested Monthly Plan includes a form at the end of the document for teachers to write their own monthly schedule for Unique Learning System’s lessons.
Lesson Summary & Lesson at a Glance
The first page of the lesson plan describes the overall purpose of the lesson and how it will include students with significant disabilities into standards-based instruction.
Instructional TargetsThe instructional targets are listed at the very top of the lesson. Instructional targets are the bridge between the general content standards adopted by a state and relevant curriculum content for students with significant disabilities. The standard alignment tools include the detailed description of alignment to standards and the connection to the instructional targets within Unique Learning System.
Differentiated tasks are the generalized expectations of students for the lesson, based on their suggested differentiated level as determined in the Unique Learning System Profile.
This differentiation allows students of varying developmental levels to participate with learning goals that are appropriate to his or her needs.
Level 3 - Students who benefit from level three cognitive learning supports may typically learn to read text, produce simple writing, perform basic math processes and independently demonstrate comprehension of modified content learning information.
Level 2 - Students who benefit from level two cognitive learning supports may require picture support and other direct support in learning to input and produce information related to reading, writing or math, or to demonstrate comprehension of content learning.
Level 1 - Students who benefit from level one cognitive learning support may typically require maximum support within all instructional tasks. For these students, increasing the level of participation and demonstrating an active participation response is the main objective. Students who require level one supports typically do not make distinct or consistent choices.
The topic connection is a brief description of how the lesson is supporting the social studies or science standard-based topic.
Topic Words are theme-related words that are the focus of vocabulary instruction for the unit. These words are explicitly taught in the vocabulary lessons within the grade band. Literacy Words are words that are specifically related to literacy instruction. These words are used and defined throughout literacy activities. Math Words are Power Words are words that are highly useful for communicating in social and academic settings. These words are sometimes considered “core” or “essential” words.
Standards Connections are included in many of the Lesson Plans to add a more rigorous alignment of the materials to the Common Core Standards in ELA and Math. Standard Connections are only added to selected lessons and are indicated by the link symbol on the first page of the lesson plan.
Lesson at a Glance
Lesson at a Glance gives an overview of each activity suggested for the lesson. It also lists all resources and materials needed to complete the activities, as well as, hyperlinks to instructional tools and guides that will support the lesson.
Each lesson has a designated number of activities to support instructional use each month. The number of activities may vary from lesson to lesson. However, the number of activities for each lesson stays consistent with each monthly unit.
The Instructional Target that is addressed in the activity is listed at the very top of the activity page. This target is extended from the general content standard and can be further referenced within the Unique Learning System alignment tools.
Each activity outlines the steps to effectively introduce, model, practice and review the instructional targets of the lesson. The Suggested Grouping symbols at the top indicate the advised setting in which the activity should be addressed:
Additionally, activities provide a section to check the understanding of each student after the lesson is completed. An indicator is provided for each level of differentiation. The Check Understanding section will allow teachers to easily identify and collect information to be used for progress monitoring within the monthly lessons. A snowflake indicates that a student has completed a differentiated task, as described on the first page of the lesson plan.