Second Grade

Objectives Overviews Second Grade: Social Studies


Your second grade student will reflect on the ideals, principles, and practices of citizenship in a democratic republic by:

  • Identifying, describing, and displaying attributes of good citizenship
  • Defining his role as a member of a group
  • Reading and defining new vocabulary words
  • Recognizing how to work with others in a group to solve problems and to accomplish common goals

Your second grade student will analyze culture and cultural diversity by:

  • Reading and defining new vocabulary words
  • Describing things that communities have in common with one another, and what makes a community unique
  • Describing cultural customs of specific holiday celebrations
  • Realizing how people from various cultures make contributions to communities

Your second grade student will interpret the way human beings view themselves in and over time by:

  • Describing how communities change to meet the needs of their members
  • Comparing and contrasting how the various models of communication and transportation have been developed
  • Generating a calendar and timeline of events
  • Learning about explorers and the discovery of the world
  • Learning about the first Americans and colonies
  • Learning about major American historical events
  • Learning about how communities change over time
  • Reading and defining new vocabulary words

Your second grade student will assess materials to study space and place by:

  • Designing and constructing a map with a key
  • Using globes and maps as sources of information
  • Describing how weather and seasonal patterns affect land and living things
  • Locating various cities, states, countries, and continents on a map
  • Using geographical terms to describe landforms, bodies of water, weather, and climate
  • Using social studies skills and various sources of information to learn more about the world around him
  • Reading and defining new vocabulary words

Your second grade student will recognize individual development and identity by:

  • Recognizing that people vary in abilities and talents
  • Demonstrating appropriate behavior in a variety of settings
  • Recognizing the need for personal goals
  • Reading and defining new vocabulary words

Your second grade student will relate individuals, groups, and institutions to one another by:

  • Explaining an individual’s responsibility toward his own family and community
  • Listing ways in which people depend on human resources and institutions
  • Relating content to real or simulated field trips
  • Reading and defining new vocabulary words
  • Reading biographies and autobiographies of famous leaders

Your second grade student will examine the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services by:

  • Defining the concepts of cooperation, competition, and conflict
  • Distinguishing between goods and services and between producers and consumers
  • Describing various jobs and careers
  • Reading and defining new vocabulary words
  • Defining goods, services, workers, income, and consumers

Your second grade student will analyze how people create and change structures of power, authority, and governance by:

  • Explaining rights and responsibilities
  • Relating the concept of authority to home, school, and community
  • Describing the need for laws
  • Reading and defining new vocabulary words
  • Understanding various entities of local government, including city, town, and state officials, local government taxes, and local services
  • Understanding various entities of federal government, including three branches of government, liberty, justice, democracy, taxes, and services

Your second grade student will examine how science and technology are applied in society by:

  • Naming energy sources found in homes and explaining how they have developed
  • Identifying ways people can conserve/replenish natural resources
  • Reading and defining new vocabulary words
  • Naming the ways science and technology have led to changes in the world

Your second grade student will determine global connections and interdependence by:

  • Recognizing the impact of individuals on a global society
  • Discussing the traditions and customs that are transmitted within a family or community
  • Identifying the responsibilities of a global citizen
  • Understanding how the nations of the world work together to help one another
  • Reading and defining new vocabulary words