Preschool Monthly Lessons
At the preschool level of Toddler (ages 3-4) & Pre-K (ages 4-5), lesson plans and materials have been aligned to general curriculum standards to ensure access, participation and progress for all students. The content of these lessons can serve as a "stand-alone" curriculum framework, or it may be embedded into other early childhood program structures. Additionally, the content is comprehensive to include students with or without disabilities. Adaptations and supports are included to guide educators in effective strategies to increase skills and knowledge for students who may have complex needs.
The preschool grade band consists of 8 monthly thematic units, to be downloaded with Lesson Plans, including differentiated tasks, and instructional materials. Each lesson's objectives are addressed as instructional targets in academic content areas of emerging reading, writing, and mathematics. The Preschool Learning Profile, in Unique Learning System® GPS, is an observational assessment tool to guide instructional differentiation for diverse learners. Monthly Checkpoints provide assessment information on pre- and post-skill areas. Supporting instructional guides provide educators with resources to extend learning and address the needs of students with disabilities.
The preschool grade band units are aligned to the developmentally appropriate knowledge and skills for pre-kindergarten students. This process is directly linked to state and educational standards that begin at the kindergarten level.
After the topic is selected, reading, writing, math and related content activities are designed within the Lesson Plan. This becomes a thematic unit with books, materials and hands-on activities that keep a central focus on the goals of the content area. In this way, students are provided instruction in a well-rounded foundation of science and social studies content, but with a continuing focus on increasing reading, writing, and math skills.
Lesson content is automatically added into subject blocks in Teacher Dashboard according to the schedule set by the teacher. Choose the subjects that you teach during the My Plan setup wizard to populate lesson materials from the Suggested Monthly Plan.
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Preschool Lesson Plans
The instructional lessons for each unit at the Preschool level contain a consistent format for identified early learning skills in reading, writing and math. It is essential that teachers assess their students’ current abilities and plan instructional tasks that differentiate for maximum participation and learning within each of these lessons. These tips are designed to provide instructional ideas that will enable teachers to meet the needs of each student in the classroom, regardless of ability level.
Access the Instructional Tips document in the Teacher Reference Materials > Instructional Guides.
Two general types of books are provided at the Preschool level including Leveled books and Easy Read books.
Leveled books are presented in three beginning levels as are defined in typical leveling of books. The highest level (D or C) contains more text and information. The second level (A or B) presents a predictable format. The lowest level (aa) is a captioned book format. Easy Read books will contain more of a storyline introducing characters and setting. The Easy Read book has no assigned level.
Following each book reading activity is a Go Along activity. These lessons extend understanding and meaning from the books. Integration of reading, writing and/or math may be addressed.
Two general types of books are provided at the Intermediate level include Leveled books and Easy Read books (Lessons 1 & 3). Leveled books in Lesson 1 are easy for students to read and make predictions about what words will come next. The lesson contains three levels of the same book, each generally not above a Level D.
A Level aa book will present labels of distinct pictures from the book. A predictable line version of the story requires only one or two word changes from the labeled story. The highest level of the series presents more content. It is likely that all three levels may be used during instructional reading at different times and with different learning purposes.
Easy Read Books will contain a large number of high-frequency and decodable words. In these books, the story has a more distinct storyline, including a beginning, middle and end. Students will be introduced to skills that identify the main character, setting and events of a story.
The preschool grade band encompasses a variety of early writing and phonological awareness and vocabulary development lessons. Many of these lessons use a template format, which allows students who do not have the ability to "write" to express an idea that is incorporated into a story, a paragraph, a poem or other document that can be conveyed to share information.
The early writing and vocabulary lessons included in the preschool grade band:
- Patterned Book
- Literary Experience
- Sequencing Story
- Rhyme Play
- Phonological Awareness
- Word Sort
- Picture Sort
- Direction Following
At the early preschool ages, it is important for all students to experience math concepts.
Unique Learning System® provides math materials at the Preschool level to ensure that each student is instructed at his/her individual level of math awareness.
Number Sense incorporates early learning math skills for number recognition and counting. Each math lesson is based on a real-world scenario.
Picture Graph provides a means for charting and graphing information and can involve a variety of activities including asking and answering questions, counting and problem-solving analysis. Charting and graphing can be incorporated into activities where students indicate their favorites or preferences. When the student' responses are placed on a graph or chart, results can be analyzed to answer questions.
Spatial Sense focuses on geometric relationships: the direction, orientation, and perspectives of objects in space, the relative shape and sizes of figures and objects and how a change in shape relates to a change in size.
The number journal is now available within Unique Learning System's January lessons.The interactive number journal activity is included in all Number Sense, Math Story, and Algebra lessons, for grades preschool through high school. It is an interactive companion to the Mathematics Guide designed to help students achieve their differentiated task expectations virtually, assist in working out problems or create additional practice problems on specific math skills.
The Mathematics Guide is located in the Teacher Reference Materials > Instructional Guides.
To access the interactive Math Journal, launch the interactive document for the monthly lesson by clicking on the orange icon next to the lesson number.
Click the Number Journal icon in the top-right to open the interactive activity.
The number journal opens in a different tab, allowing your student to practice math skills simultaneously with a monthly math lesson.
The preschool grade band offers content extensions to expand the monthly topic in various skill areas.
The Content Extensions document can be downloaded monthly from the ULS Dashboard > Monthly Tools. Content Extensions provide additional activities and instructional strategies in areas such as:
- Math Center
- Fine Motor Skills
- Dramatic / Imaginary Play Area
- Rhymes and Songs
- Snack Time
- Letter Sounds
Strategies for students with significant cognitive delays are also included within the Content Extensions document. These strategies are indicated by a red switch symbol and encourage active participation in each activity.