Engaging and Differentiated Summer Lessons

n2y Staff

Consistent and Structured Summer Learning for Special Education

Searching for standards‑based academic instruction for the summer? n2y’s Summer Unit has you covered! Extended School Year (ESY) teachers and summer tutors can boost learning and success with robust, standards‑aligned content that’s built on evidence‑based practices. Keep students excited about learning with innovative instructional materials, including embedded differentiation to support the needs of unique learners. Plus, built‑in progress monitoring tools help drive powerful growth toward IEP goals, providing welcome continuity with the rest of the school year for students, families, and teachers.

Unique Learning System Summer Unit lesson and activity

Evidence‑Based Lessons and Activities

Educators have the chance to extend learning with standards‑aligned academic content in all core subject areas—ELA, math, science, and social studies. Evidence‑based best practices such as scaffolding, metacognition, and modeling enable teachers and tutors to support a wide variety of unique learners. Available for pre‑K through transition, the Summer Unit is one of Unique Learning System’s many thematic units offered throughout the year. Teachers can choose from strategies like pre‑ and post‑lesson checkpoints, graphic organizers, checks for understanding, and much more to help every student access meaningful learning while building critical thinking and problem‑solving skills.

Unique Learning System Summer Unit fraction activity

Engaging Topics and Differentiated Instruction

Teachers and tutors can save time with differentiated instruction and activities that grow in complexity as the grade levels progress. The unit provides academic consistency and practice in real‑world problem solving for special education students. Activities include leisure, recreation, and life skills to guide students in developing self‑advocacy. And the unit’s material can be accessed on any device, so it’s perfect for whole group, small group, or 1:1 instruction.

Summer Unit Content

  • ELA—leveled readings and writing activities
  • Math—fractions, money, measurements, and patterning
  • Science—life science, nutrition labels, healthy choices when cooking, and nature safety skills
  • Social Studies—current events, holidays, history, rights and responsibilities, and timelines
  • Transition—self‑advocacy skills, jobs, problem solving, community resources, and recreation activities
Unique Learning System Student Dashboard and progress monitoring

Effortless Progress Monitoring

Supporting a wide range of abilities, Unique Learning System provides automatic data collection for easy progress monitoring. Plus, the material in the unit ensures compliance with individualized goals and objectives to highlight success for each unique learner’s IEP.

Unique Learning System lesson and activity

Build and Maintain Learning Momentum

Educators and parents can request a trial to access the unit and offer dynamic, age‑appropriate lessons that keep students motivated to learn all summer long! Also available throughout the year, the Summer Unit is a resource that is engaging and academically rigorous. Best of all, administrators can build on the learning momentum established in the summer by providing Unique Learning System to teachers during the entire school year.

About the Author

n2y’s blog team works closely with our special educators, in-house experts, and program developers to share the latest topics and timely thought leadership from the field. It’s our goal to help keep you informed and ready to serve your students!

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