Grade 2

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.


Schools and Communities

What is school, and why are schools important? Why is it hard for some children to go to school in their communities? How do communities solve these problems so their children can go to school? How are schools around the world different? How are they similar?

  • Off to Class: Incredible and Unusual Schools around the World by Susan Hughes

  • The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds

  • The Important Book by Margaret Wise Brown

  • The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig


Fossils Tell of Earth's Changes

What do paleontologists do? How do characters respond to major events? What can we learn from studying fossils? How do readers learn more about a topic from informational texts? How do authors write compelling narratives?

  • Curious about Fossils by Kate Waters

  • Fossils by Ann O Squire

  • The Dog That Dug for Dinosaurs by Shirley Raye Redmond

  • Paleontology: The Study of Prehistoric Life by Susan Heinrichs Gray

  • Stone Girl, Bone Girl by Laurence Anholt

  • Fossils Tell of Long Ago by Aliki Brandenberg


The Secret World of Pollination

How do plants grow and survive? How do pollinators help plants grow and survive? How do we get the fruits, flowers, and vegetables that we enjoy? How do we become researchers and share our learning?

  • Seed to Plant, by Kristin Baird Rattini

  • What Is Pollination, by Bobbie Kalman

  • Plant Secrets, by Emily Goodman

  • From Seed to Plant, by Gail Gibbons


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.


Addition and Subtraction Within 20

How can we build our fluency with addition and subtraction, do mental arithmetic, and be able to solve all types of word problems?

Addition Within 200

What is the relationship between place and value and how does that understanding help us add and subtract fluently?


Lengths and Shapes

How can we use what we know about attributes to identify and make shapes?

How can we use measurement skills to collect data about the world around us?

Subtract 2-Digit Numbers

How can we use what we know about place value and addition strategies to help us solve complex subtraction problems?


Time, Graphs and Word Problems

What are some units of time, how are they related, and how do we use them to measure time? How can we collect, show, and understand information and then use it to solve problems?

3-Digit Addition and Subtraction

How can we use what we know about place value to help us add and subtract with larger numbers?

Arrays, Equal Shares, and Adding or Subtracting Lengths

How can measurement skills be used to partition rectangles and create equal shares?


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

Solids and Liquids

How are solid and liquid materials similar and different?

How do the properties of solid and liquid materials relate to how they can be used and how they can change?


  1. Solids

  2. Liquids

  3. Bits and Pieces

  4. Solids, Liquids, and Water

Earth Science

Pebbles, Sand & Silt

What are the properties of rocks and how do they change?

How are small pieces of rock made and moved to change landforms?

How are different sizes of rocks used as resources to make useful objects?


  1. First Rocks

  2. River Rocks

  3. Using Rocks

  4. Soil and Water

Life Science

Insects and Plants

How do organisms live, grow, respond to their environment, and reproduce?

How and why do organisms interact with their environment and what are the effects of those interactions?


  1. Mealworms

  2. Brassica Seeds

  3. Milkweed Bugs