SOCIAL STUDIES

In the second grade social studies program, students explore rural, urban, and suburban communities. Community studies include a variety of perspectives including geographic, socioeconomic, and ethnic.

 

Native Americans

  • to describe the type of shelters made by the Native Americans
  • to identify regions in which Native Americans live
  • to recognize and appreciate the diversity among people
  • to develop an appreciation for our natural resources
  • to identify Native Americans as the first people to live in our country
  • to compare ways in which the first Native Americans were alike and different
  • to explain how the Native Americans obtained food
  • to recognize the contributions of Native Americans
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Geography

Holidays

  • to identify important people in history
  • to identify the Pilgrims as a group of people who settled in present-day Massachusetts
  • to compare the first Thanksgiving with the present day
  • to identify key American holidays
  • to acquire facts about Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, and Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • to identify Arbor Day as a special day for planting trees
  • to recognize that trees are important for several reasons
  • to describe the present day American flag
  • to understand why we celebrate Flag Day
  • to explain why Americans observe Veterans' Day and Memorial Day
  • to read a timeline and locate specific information
  • to understand the President resides and works in the White House
  • to understand our leaders are chosen through an election process

Communities

  • to identify the characteristics of a neighborhood
  • to identify the characteristics of a community
  • to identify the three major types of communities (Rural, Suburban, and Urban) and their special characteristics
  • to identify the role of community helpers in each type of community
  • to identify how communities grow and change
  • to compare and contrast the three major types of communities
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Communication

  • to identify the different types of communication
  • to identify the different ways that people communicated long ago
  • to identify the different ways that people communicate today
  • to identify the changes and developments in communication over the years
  • to identify how people with disabilities communicate
  • to predict how communication might be different in the future
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Transportation

  • to identify the different types of transportation over land, air, and water
  • to identify the different means of transportation long ago
  • to identify the different means of transportation today
  • to identify the changes and developments in transportation over the years
  • to identify the special accommodations provided for people with disabilities
  • to predict how transportation might be different in the future
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Landforms

  • to identify the characteristics of the following landforms: plain, mountain, river, lake, island, and peninsula
  • to recognize these particular landforms on a map
  • to identify how communities interact with and utilize these special landforms

Government

  • to identify the difference between rules and laws
  • to identify how rules and laws protect and help people and communities
  • to identify who makes the laws for communities, states, and our country
  • to identify how these leaders are chosen by the people
  • to identify special signs that reminds people to obey rules and laws
  • to identify state capitals and our country's capital

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