K–5th Curriculum - Oregon Virtual Academy

K–5th Curriculum

Content to Ignite Learning

We are proud to use the K12 curriculum at ORVA. This curriculum is based on the science of how students learn and fueled by innovative technology to make learning interactive and engaging, our curriculum is created by an experienced team.

The focus in elementary school is on developing fundamental skills and authentic real-life problem-solving. Teachers design learning with engagement in mind, optimizing time for collaboration, games, and group discussions.

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Designed for the Whole Child

Education is at the center of ORVA, but the social, emotional, and overall well-being of our students is an integral part of our program. Our teachers partner with learning coaches to create custom learning experiences that fit the needs of every family.

With ORVA you can expect:

  • Teachers get to know the whole family, not just the child
  • Students, parents/Learning Coaches, and teachers work as a unit for wrap-around support
  • To be welcomed as part of a family, ready to support you and fill your toolbox with resources
  • Regular two-way contact with families combined with accessible real-time support and outreach from a dedicated team of Family Liaisons and advisors help families maintain connections within our virtual community

The elementary school experience

  • Award-winning curriculum with innovative technology embedded within the classroom experience
  • Hands-on learning experiences through manipulatives and supplementals given through each course subject area
  • Live video classes where students can see their students on video and interact with them in various ways
  • Rigorous curriculum to meet the needs of all learners within our school
  • Focus on Power and Priority Standards for Math and Language Arts live instruction by a homeroom teacher
  • Small group intervention support in math and reading to ensure student mastery and success of critical standards at each grade level
  • A dedicated teacher to support students and Learning Coaches in navigating through assigned courses and for any assistance needed
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These years are critical to building foundational skills. There is a large focus on the basics of reading, writing, grammar, speaking, listening, and spelling.

  • Our program focuses on reading, writing, grammar, word study, and handwriting all in one streamlined program
  • Each course is broken down into thematic units. Each unit contains workshops where reading and writing are connected to reinforce big ideas
  • Students are exposed to a variety of genres and formats of literature
  • Writing workshops focus on exposure to learning about grammar, usage, and mechanics and then apply those skills within the writing process

Students can expect to learn different methods to practice and master math concepts at their individual pace. During these years we focus on problem-solving and using multiple ways to find solutions.

  • Research-based course for each grade level
  • Build math fluency and master foundational math facts
  • Topics aligned with state standards
  • Focus on demonstrating perseverance in solving them
  • Develop the ability to reason
  • Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others

Science in the elementary years is focused on making observations, learning how to research, designing experiments, and making connections to the world we live in.

Depending on the grade level students will have a better understanding of:

  • Learning about the five senses, earth’s composition and basic necessities of animals and plants, such as life cycle
  • Understanding of experiments and recording their observations through germinating seeds to observe plant growth
  • Learn about weather and how it impacts the environment
  • Develop observation and analysis skills by performing various experiments
  • Demonstrate how pulleys lift various objects, understand magnetism and how force has an impact on those objects
  • Observations and data collection on the different phases of the moon
  • Create a 3D model of a bone
  • Deeper level understanding of ecosystems
  • Understanding of the world’s oceans and how the Earth’s atmosphere factors into them
  • Learn about the Solar System, animal physiology, and how ecosystems depend on one another

History at ORVA is taught through the lens of global citizenship. In elementary school, students will begin to identify themselves as citizens and what it means to live in a diverse society.

Depending on the grade level students will have a better understanding of:

  • Basics of world geography with the seven continents
  • World geography and history from Stone Age to Space Age
  • Early American history
  • American Studies (geography, history, economics, and civics of US)
  • Social Studies (K-3)
  • What it means to live in the United States
  • How to get along in the world and what it means to be a good citizen
  • Describe the role of government and strengthen their understanding of how citizens contribute to their communities
  • Understanding of economics (basic) and know the importance of budgeting and saving for personal financial health

The well-being of our students is the primary focus at ORVA. Health and Physical education helps our students make healthy choices and develop important lifestyle skills to thrive. Physical fitness is just one aspect. We also explore topics of nutrition, body positivity, confidence, and respect.

World Languages

In preparation for the wealth of experiences awaiting them, we believe all students at ORVA should have the opportunity to explore other languages. We offer:

  • Spanish
  • Chinese
  • French
  • German

Spotlight on Music

AT ORVA we believe in promoting the fine arts. Music can be a powerful outlet for many of our students. Musical education transcends beyond playing or listening to music. It also is an important tool in brain development, human connection, and coping with stress and anxiety.