n2y offers a total solution for special education. Our individual solutions combine to support the complete learning environment. For targeted, standards-aligned math instruction and activities, our service providers turn to the lessons in Unique Learning System. Unique Learning System is the solution that directly addresses this goal. Supplemental opportunities to practice math skills can also be found throughout our other solutions.
Math in Unique Learning System
Unique Learning System’s math lessons address all five major math standard categories:
- Number Sense
- Spatial Sense and Geometry
- Data and Probability
Unique Learning System differs from the typical general education curriculum in that it repeats these categories each month. This allows students the ability to practice and reinforce skills throughout the whole year as opposed to focusing on one and moving on to the next.
Service providers should familiarize themselves with the format of the Unique Learning System lesson plans, as well as the math lessons available for their grade band. Teachers can reference the articles below for additional information that is specific to their grade band.
- Preschool Monthly Lessons
- Elementary Monthly Lessons
- Intermediate Monthly Lessons
- Middle School Monthly Lessons
- High School Monthly Lessons
- Transition Monthly Lessons
The monthly lessons have the following tools built-in to support this practice:
Configure Resources Options on your My Plan
When viewing your My Plan through calendar view of Teacher Dashboard, you may see an orange exclamation point in your math blocks. This exclamation point indicates that resources need to be configured. Using your district pacing guide, alignment to the general education curriculum or individual student IEP goals as the basis for your decision, preview the suggested resources and then choose the lesson activities that best suit the needs of the recipient(s) of the My Plan. If the suggested resources do not meet your needs, delete them and use Add Resources to browse other available math lessons.
Dynamic Math - Unlimited Math Problems!
Dynamic Math is an interactive feature that allows you to refresh the numbers in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division problems within Unique Learning System, providing an expansive collection of math problems for practice. Dynamic Math is available in the Elementary and Intermediate Number Sense lessons and the Middle and High School Math Story Problem lessons.
The Number Journal is included in all Number Sense, Math Story and Algebra lessons for grades pre-K through high school. It is an interactive companion to the Mathematics Guide, designed to help students visualize mathematical concepts and develop strategies for problem solving. Incorporating the Number Journal into math instruction allows you to build students’ foundational math skills while engaging them in grade level aligned, age-appropriate content. The Number Journal is also available in Teacher Reference Materials > Instructional Tools > Math Journals > Number Journal so you can create additional practice problems at any time.
Math Supporting Materials in Teacher Reference Materials
In addition to the monthly lessons, teachers can use the content in the Teacher Reference Materials to provide additional support and ensure they are getting the most out of each lesson. These materials include:
The Mathematics Guide supports educators with monthly math lessons. The Mathematics Guide gives direction on incorporating standards-based math activities at any level of learning. The guide is located in the Teacher Reference Materials > Instructional Guides > Teaching Strategies > Mathematics.
Instructional Tips provides tips and strategies for each lesson to support all learners.
This document is located in the Teacher Reference Materials > Instructional Guides > Teaching Strategies > Instructional Tips.
Math Packs are easy to print visual supports that can often be used as manipulatives. Math Packs available vary by grade band. These documents can be found in Teacher Reference Materials > Instructional Tools > Math Packs.
Math Content in Other n2y Solutions
Supplemental math skills practice and supports can be found in the following solutions:
The Activities section of News-2-You has a Math Number Concepts section featuring 13 math activities with each Current Issue.
SymbolStix PRIME allows educators to create learning materials with amazing speed. The custom features allow for endless opportunities, but be sure to check out the Board Wizard, By Activity tab, Making Change and Math Sets templates for inspiration.
L3 Skills Captains can browse by category to locate activities that specifically practice math skills. They can further filter by addition, clocks and time, counting objects, fractions, math operations, money, number identification, subtraction and more.
- Pro-Tip: Quickly recognize L3 Skills math activities by their green game card.
Service providers on the path to becoming an n2y certified Advanced Educator via the online advanced Professional Development course can reference the “Making Meaningful Math Connections for All Learners” video. Please note that this topic will also be covered live if the course was taken on-site vs. online.