Grade 5

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.


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?

  • Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan

  • A Life Like Mine: How Children Live Around the World by DK Publishing


Biodiversity in the Rain Forest

Why do scientists study the rainforest? How do authors engage readers in narratives?

  • The Great Kapok Tree, Cherry Seeds of Change by Jen Cullerton Johnson

  • The Most Beautiful Roof in the World by Katherine Lasky


Athlete Leaders of Social Change

How have athletes broken barriers during the historical era in which they lived? What factors can contribute to an individual's success in changing society?

  • Promises to Keep: How Jackie Robinson Changed America by Sharon Robinson


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 with Fractions

How can equivalent fractions be used to help add and subtract fractions?

(e.g. 3/8 + 1/4 + ⅖)

Addiction and Subtraction with Decimals

How does the placement of a digit affect its place value, and how does that understanding help us in operations with decimals?

Multiplication and Division with Fractions

What does it mean to multiply and divide fractions? How is it related to multiplication / division of whole numbers?


Multiplication with Whole Numbers and Decimals

How is multiplying decimals related to multiplication with fractions and multiplication with whole numbers?

Division with Whole Numbers and Decimals

How is dividing decimals related to division with fractions and division with whole numbers?


Algebra Patterns and Coordinate Graphs

How do we write and interpret numerical expressions?

What information can a pattern give us?

Measurement and Geometry

How do we convert among different-sized standard measurement units?

How do we measure the volume of a rectangular prism?


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

Mixtures and Solutions

What is matter, and what happens when samples of matter interact?


  1. Separating Mixtures

  2. Developing Models

  3. Concentration

  4. Reaching Saturation

  5. Fizz Quiz

Earth Science

Earth and Sun

How do Earth’s geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere interact to create a sustainable environment for life?


  1. The Sun

  2. Planetary Systems

  3. Earth’s Atmosphere

  4. Heating Earth

  5. Water Planet

Life Science

Living Systems

How can we describe Earth’s biosphere as a system of interacting parts?


  1. Systems

  2. Nutrient Systems

  3. Transport Systems

  4. Sensory Systems

Social Studies

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.


Indigenous Lands

Chapter 1

The Land and People Pre-Contact

Chapter 2

Age of Exploration

Chapter 3

Cooperation and Conflict in North America


Colonial America

Chapter 4

Settling the Colonies

Chapter 5

The Road to War

Chapter 6

The American Revolution


The U.S. Forms and Expands

Chapter 7

Development and Significance of U.S. Constitution

Chapter 8

Life in the Young Republic

Chapter 9

The New Nation’s Westward Expansion