Unique Learning System® (ULS) lessons are designed around instructional targets which are derived from state and national standards. Reading, Writing and Math instructional targets are addressed every month, and follow a scope and sequence where appropriate (e.g., letter-sounds, high-frequency words).
The month-long unit format provides a practical mode of delivery to assure that the students receive optimal standards-based learning experiences for acquisition and generalization of skills and knowledge.
In addition, ULS also recognizes that students in classrooms will have a need to address different levels of lesson content depending on their chronological age and exposure to previous curricular content. Therefore, we also offer various ways to customize the lesson material in lessons, such as math, in which the teacher can choose to provide the math story problems at the appropriate level per individual student. Science and social studies instructional targets are also addressed over the course of a three-year cycle. Our monthly themes are carefully chosen to ensure that the majority of the state and national standards in a grade band are addressed within the three-year cycle.
Because we strive to ensure students have access to the majority of the state and national science and social studies standards, content varies from year to year. For example, in one year ULS addressed seasonal changes indicated by state and national Earth Science standards. The next year, we visited a different part of the state and national Earth Science standards: weather. In keeping with the state and national Earth Science standards, various weather types are addressed in the unit including rain, snow, fog and storms. Climates and temperatures are also addressed in accordance with the standards. Using the educational standards to drive the thematic units ensures that Unique continues to provide access to the majority of educational standards for a grade band in a three-year cycle. It also ensures that students are exposed to new information yearly while working on fundamental reading, writing, math and transitional skills.