5th Grade Resources
Early Literacy Central (assessment materials and supports)
5th grade lesson plans, slideshows, and other resources for the EL Education curriculum
EL Education is the provider of the ELA curriculum that has been adopted by OUSD for grades K-5.* The curriculum is standards-based, and relies heavily on fiction and nonfiction trade books. OUSD teachers can find EL Education materials and lesson plans at EL Ed Central. While there are normally four modules in a school year, teachers can opt to teach three modules during this first year of adoption.
* 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
Place Value Concepts for Multiplication and Division with Whole Numbers
Addition and Subtraction with Fractions
Multiplication and Division
Place Value Concepts for Decimal Operations
Addition and Multiplication with Area and Volume
Foundations to Geometry in the Coordinate Plane
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
What is matter, and what happens when samples of matter interact?
Earth and Sun
How do Earth’s geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere interact to create a sustainable environment for life?
How can we describe Earth’s biosphere as a system of interacting parts?
OUSD 5th graders use Newsela to access a Social Studies curriculum that focuses on U.S. 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.
The Land and People Pre-Contact
Age of Exploration
Cooperation and Conflict in North America
Settling the Colonies
The Road to War
The American Revolution
The U.S. Forms and Expands
Development and Significance of U.S. Constitution
Life in the Young Republic
The New Nation’s Westward Expansion