Grade 1

English Language Arts

EL Education is the provider of the new ELA curriculum that has been adopted by OUSD for grades K-5, starting in the 2021-22 school year.* 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


Math Expressions 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.

* A number of OUSD elementary schools use an alternative math curriculum, including Eureka Math and SWUN Math.


Partners and Number Patterns Through 10

How can numbers be broken into two parts?

Addition and Subtraction Strategies

How do we combine partners to find a total and how can we break the total into addends, or partners, to help us solve story problems?

Unknown Numbers in Addition and Subtraction

How can we solve for an unknown number in a story problem in any position?


Place Value Concepts

How does the value of a digit change depending on its placement in a number?

Place Value Situations

How does our understanding of place value help us add and subtract with greater numbers?


Comparisons and Data

How can we sort, represent, and interpret data?

Geometry, Measurement, and Equal Shares

How do we measure time and length? How can we define, compose, and decompose shapes and how might we partition them into equal shares?

Two-Digit Addition

How can we use what we know about numbers and their relationships to solve word problems involving 2-digit addition?


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