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Grade-2 Social Studies Course Outline

Grade-2 Social Studies Course Outline

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This class follows Florida’s Next Generation Sunshine State Standards for 2nd grade social studies. It uses the ideas of neighborhoods to introduce and expand upon many different subjects. The class begins by describing what a neighborhood is and how maps and globes are used to describe an area. Next, the way neighborhoods change is used to explain inventions, and how people move via immigration. This leads to a discussion about the first Americans, American Indians, including their homes, food, and culture. The students then learn about the pilgrims and the first Thanksgiving. The class then focuses on the people within a neighborhood and how they work together and live. The students will learn about needs and wants and how different goods and services are provided. Next the students learn about why people work and different types of jobs. The students will learn about money, how to manage it and how to save it. They will also learn about how money is produced and about taxes.

1- Course Introduction

  • Welcomel
  • Pretest
  • Assignment: Pretest

2- Neighborhoods are for Living

  • What are Neighborhoods?
  • Where are Neighborhoods?
  • What is a Globe?
  • Handout: Globe and Compass
  • Assignment: Globe and Compass
  • What is a Map?
  • Maps of your Neighborhood
  • Assignment: Map Your Neighborhood
  • Worksheet: Neighborhoods Are for Living

3- Neighborhoods Change

  • Neighborhoods Change
  • Inventions
  • People Move
  • Quiz: Neighborhoods Change
  • Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty
  • Immigration
  • Worksheet: Immigration
  • Cultural Differences
  • Assignment: Favorite Food

4- The First Americans

  • The First Americans
  • CAmerican Indian Homes
  • Assignment: American Indian Homes
  • American Indian Food
  • American Indian Culture
  • American Indian Review
  • Quiz: The First Americans

5- Neighborhoods of Early America

  • Neighborhoods of Early America
  • Why Did The Pilgrims Travel to America?
  • Pilgrims First Winter and Thanksgiving
  • Jamestown
  • Pochahontas
  • Worksheet: Neighborhoods of Early America

6- People Give Us Goods & Services

  • Needs and Wants
  • Essay: Needs and Wants
  • Community Workers: Goods and Services
  • Moving Goods
  • Worksheet: People Give Us Goods & Services

7- Why People Work

  • Why People Work
  • Handout: When I Grow Up
  • Assignment: When I Grow Up
  • Carmen Lomas Garza
  • Jobs at Home
  • Paid, Volunteer, or Slavery?
  • Harriet Tubman
  • Quiz: Why People Work
  • Midtest
  • Assignment: Midtest

8- Where Does the Money Go?

  • Where Does the Money Go?
  • Budgeting
  • Saving and Spending
  • Taxes
  • Quiz: Where Does the Money Go?
  • How is Money Made?
  • Handout: Making Money
  • Assignment: Making Money

9- Rules & Laws for Everyone

  • Rules
  • Essay: Rules
  • Laws
  • Life Without Rules and Laws
  • Quiz: Rules and Laws for Everyone

10- Leaders & Laws

  • Who is a Leader?
  • Quiz: Who is a Leader?
  • Community Leaders
  • Essay: Leaders & Laws
  • Slavery

11- Citizens of a Country

  • Why Do People Form Governments?
  • Constitution
  • Primary and Secondary Sources
  • Quiz: Primary or Secondary Source?
  • U.S. Citizenship
  • A Responsible Citizen
  • Symbols of America
  • Assignment: Family Symbols
  • Worksheet: Citizens of the U.S.

12- People Solve Problems Together

  • Community problems
  • Assignment: Problems in Your Community
  • World Problems
  • Quiz: People Solve Problems Together
  • A Problem Solver: George Washington Carver
  • Essay: George Washington Carver

13- Neighbors Celebrate Together

  • Parades, Celebrations and Holidays
  • Timeline
  • Holidays Around the World
  • Handout: Your Favorite Holiday
  • Quiz: Neighbors Celebrate Together
  • Assignment: Your Favorite Holiday
  • Post-test
  • Assignment: Post-test

14- Course Evaluation

  • Handout: Course Evalulation
  • Assignment: Course Evaluation
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