English Language Arts
Poetry, Poets and Becoming Writers
What makes a poem a poem? What inspires writers to write poetry?
Animal Defense Mechanisms
How do animals' bodies and behaviors help them survive? How can writers use knowledge from their research to inform and entertain?
Ratifying the 19th Amendment
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.
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.
Soils, Rocks, and Landforms
OUSD 4th graders use Newsela to access a Social Studies curriculum that focuses on California history. This online curriculum is aligned to California Common Core state standards, and consists of individual articles that are adjusted to each student's reading level.