Grade 1

English Language Arts

EL Education is the provider of the OUSD ELA curriculum for grades K-5,.* The curriculum is standards-based, and relies heavily on fiction and nonfiction trade books. This curriculum is open access, and full materials are available to view and at the EL Education website.

* OUSD Dual Language schools use the Benchmark Education curriculum for language instruction.


Tools and Work

Why do we need tools? How do habits of character help us do work? How do we create a magnificent thing?

  • A Chef's Tools by Holden Strauss

  • The Little Red Pen by Janet Stevens and Susan Crummel

  • The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires

  • Tools by Ann Morris

  • I Use Science Tools by Kellie L. Hicks

  • My Math Toolbox by Nancy Kelly Allen


The Sun, Moon, and Stars

Why do authors write about the sun, moon, and stars? What patterns can we observe in the sky? How do authors use their knowledge and observations to write a story?

  • What the Sun Sees, What the Moon Sees, by Nancy Tafuri

  • Does the Sun Sleep?: Noticing Sun, Moon, and Star Patterns, by Martha E.H. Rustad (

  • What Makes Day and Night, by Franlyn M. Branley (

  • Kitten’s First Full Moon, by Kevin Henkes

  • Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me

  • Sun and Moon, by Lindsey Yankey

  • Why the Sun and the Moon Live in the Sky, by Elphinstone Dayrell

  • Summer Sun Risin’, by W. Nikola-Lisa


Birds' Amazing Bodies

What makes a bird a bird? How do birds use their body parts to survive? How do we build our research skills and share our learning?

  • Feathers: Not Just for Flying, by Melissa Stewart

  • Flight School, by Lita Judge

  • Little Kids First Big Book of Birds, by Catherine Hughes (1 per pair)

  • Birds, by Kevin Henkes

  • Just Ducks, by Nicola Davis

  • Beaks!, by Sneed Collard

  • Birds (Scholastic Discover More), by Penelope Arlon


Eureka Math2 (Eureka Math "Squared") is the adopted OUSD curriculum for elementary schools. The curriculum is aligned to California Common Core standards, which describe what students should know and be able to do in each subject in each grade.


Module 1

Counting, Comparison and Addition

Module 2

Addition and Subtraction Relationships


Module 3
Properties of Operations to Make Easier Problems

Module 4

Comparison and Composition of Length Measurements


Module 5
Place Value Concepts to Compare, Add, and Subtract

Module 6
Attributes of Shapes | Advancing Place Value, Addition, and Subtraction


For elementary science instruction, OUSD uses FOSS (Full Option Science System), a research-based science curriculum developed at the Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California, Berkeley. This curriculum emphasizes hands-on activities and is aligned to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS ). The order of the three modules varies from school to school, depending on the rotation of physical science kits at each school site.

Physical Science

Sound and Light

How do sound and light interact with objects?


  1. Sound and Vibrations

  2. Changing Sound

  3. Light and Shadows

  4. Light and Mirrors

  5. Fizz Quiz

Earth Science

Air and Weather

What is all around us?

What do we observe in the sky above us?


  1. Exploring Air

  2. Observing Sky

  3. Wind Explorations

  4. Looking for Change

Life Science

Plants and Animals

How do young plants and animals survive in their habitats?


  1. Grass and grain seeds

  2. Stems

  3. Terrariums

  4. Growth and Change