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.


Toys and Play

What can we do to make playing together fun? What makes toys fun? Which classroom toy do we prefer and why?

  • Llama Llama Time to Share by Anna Dewdney

  • Have Fun, Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell

  • Toys Galore by Peter Stein

  • Playing with Friends by Rebecca Rissman


Weather Wonders

What is weather? How can I be prepared for any type of weather? What is weather like around the world? How does weather affect people? How can I write a story that teaches my reader about weather?

  • Umbrella by Taro Yashima

  • Brave Irene by William Steig

  • On the Same Day in March: A Tour of the World’s Weather by Marilyn Singer

  • Weather (National Geographic Readers) by Kristin Baird Rattini)

  • The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats (Six per Classroom)

  • Come On, Rain! by Karen Hesse

  • Weather Words and What They Mean by Gail Gibbons


Trees Are Alive

What do all living things need to live and grow? What do researchers do? How do we know that something is living? How do living things depend on trees to meet their needs?

  • The Tree in the Ancient Forest by Carol Reed-Jones

  • What’s Alive? by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld

  • Are Trees Alive? by Debbie Miller

  • Be a Friend to Trees by Patricia Lauber


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.


Understanding Numbers 1-10

How do we know how many objects are in a group?

5-Groups in Numbers 6-10

What happens when numbers are combined or broken apart?


Teen Numbers as Tens and Ones

What do the digits in a two-digit number represent?

Partners, Problem Drawings, and Tens

How can we find and solve the math problem in a story or realistic situation?


Geometry and Measurement

Using shapes, how can we describe and compare objects in the physical world?

Consolidation of Concepts

Using the skills we have learned this year, how can we show our thinking about math?


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

Materials and Motion

What is made of wood, paper, and fabric, and how are the properties of those materials useful to us?

How can we change the motion of an object?


  1. Getting to Know Wood

  2. Getting to Know Paper

  3. Getting to Know Fabric

  4. Getting Things to Move

Earth Science

Trees and Weather

What do trees need to live and grow?

How does weather affect trees?

What changes do trees cause in their surroundings?


  1. Observing Trees

  2. Observing Leaves

  3. Observing Weather

  4. Trees through the Seasons

Life Science

Animals Two by Two

How are animal structures similar and different?

What do animals need to live and grow?


  1. Goldfish and Guppies

  2. Water and Land Snails

  3. Big and Little Worms

  4. Pill Bugs and Sow Bugs