Unique Learning System Lesson Plans focus on expanding the instructional direction of the monthly unit materials. The format includes tight standards-aligned content designed specifically to help unique learners access the general education curriculum. Lessons are broken out into multiple activities that provide differentiated instructional routines and progress monitoring, allowing the same lesson to be quickly tailored to the needs of each unique learner.
This article will cover the Monthly Lessons:
Location & Assignment
Service providers can browse all Lesson Plans for available units in their assigned grade bands from the Monthly Lessons section of Unique Learning System menu.
Two monthly units are always accessible from this area. You can easily toggle between the units at the top of the page. The unit on the left is current and designed for implementation, and the unit on the right is provided for planning purposes. Units become available the first Wednesday of the month before implementation.
Quickly locate lessons by subject and monthly tools using the menu on the left-hand side of the page. Use the search bar to search for activities by general and extended standards, subject, activity title or description.
Lessons are viewable as PDF or iDoc (interactive document).
Select View Activities for the option to show/hide related state standards, preview the activity, or use the Quick Assign feature to assign it. Activities can be assigned for any timespan they are available. Learn more about assigning lessons here.
Lesson Plans can also be opened directly from the Teacher Dashboard to allow quick and easy planning. Access Lesson Plans by selecting the Lesson Plan action icon next to a content entry.
Monthly Lessons in the iDoc format include the supporting interactive lesson plan. The lesson plans within this format can help service providers quickly navigate to instructional tools, guides, or the Suggested Monthly Plan.
Additionally, a collated PDF version of the Lesson Plans as well as All Lesson Plans and Activities are located in the Lesson Plans menu.
Lesson Plans include several pages of content as an extension of the learning objectives of the materials. Each grade band in Unique Learning System is represented by a different color of Lesson Plan.
The first page describes the overall objective of the lesson with:
- Instructional Targets
- Differentiated Tasks
- Topic Connection
- Vocabulary Words
- Standards Connection
The second page provides the Lesson at a Glance:
- A scope of each activity included in the lesson plan
- The resources and materials needed to approach the lesson
- Hyperlinks to the instructional tools and/or guides to support the instruction of the lesson
The activity pages provide:
- The description for each instructional approach of the lesson
- The exact instructional target addressed
- The instructional routine
- Check understanding to assess progress monitoring for each unique learner according to their differentiated task level expectations
How do I navigate the Lesson Plans?
The iDoc Nav Bar can be used to navigate through the Lesson Plans. Use the arrow buttons to move between pages. Use the GO button to jump to a specific page or section.
What if I need to print my Lesson Plans to turn them in?
Use the Export Lesson Plans feature in the Teacher Dashboard to quickly download and print lesson plans. A walkthrough of this feature can be found here.
Suggested Monthly Plan
The Suggested Monthly Plan advises 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.
The Suggested Monthly Plan is now automatically added into your recurring monthly schedule in the Teacher Dashboard after completing the My Plan Setup wizard. Content can then be personalized as needed.
Consult the Lesson at a Glance to see how activities fit into the Suggested Monthly Plan
To view the Suggested Monthly Plan for an entire monthly unit:
- Navigate to Monthly Lessons in the Unique Learning System menu.
- Select Suggested Monthly Plan.
Lesson Summary and Lesson at a Glance
The first page of the lesson plan describes the overall purpose of the lesson and how it will include unique learners 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 unique learners. 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.
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.
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
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:
5 = Whole Group
3 = Small Group
1 - Individual
Introduce: The Introduce section includes instructions for reviewing the activity with students and the learning goal for the activity. Example: “I will identify shapes in objects.”
Model: The Model section includes instructions for the service provider to demonstrate how the activity will be performed.
Provide Practice: The Provide Practice section is how each student will perform the activity according to his or her suggested differentiated level.
Review: The Review section includes instructions on how to close the activity after practice is completed.
Reading lesson activities provide a map for adequately using leveled and chapter books in a Before Reading, During Reading, and After Reading routine.
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 service providers 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.