English Language Arts
Stories of Human Rights
What are human rights, and how can they be threatened? How can we use writing to raise awareness of human rights?
Biodiversity in the Rain Forest
Why do scientists study the rainforest? How do authors engage readers in narratives?
The Most Beautiful Roof in the World by Katherine Lasky
Athlete Leaders of Social Change
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.
Mixtures and Solutions
Earth and Sun
OUSD 5th graders use Newsela to access a Social Studies curriculum that focuses on American 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.