Social Studies

Curriculum Map: Social Studies Second Grade


The study of the social sciences has been designed to support the understanding students have of cultures (local and around the world) and how the members of social groups work together to develop positive relationships. Early in the program, self-esteem issues and their impact on others are examined. Content in the social sciences begins with a study of the family and expands to include neighborhoods, communities, and the world. As a result of classroom activities, geography skills are also refined through the use of projects at all levels of instruction.

Civics and Government

Explain the purposes of rules and laws and why they are important in the classroom, school, community, state and nation.
Define the principles and ideals shaping government: justice, truth, diversity of people and ideas, patriotism, common good, liberty, rule of law, leadership, and citizenship.
Identify symbols and political holidays.
Identify examples of the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.


Identify local examples of specialization of work.
Identify different occupations.


Identify geographic tools and their uses.
Identify the effect of local geography on the residents of the region (food, clothing, industry, trade, types of shelter, etc.)


Identify historical figures in the local community.
Identify contributions of individuals and groups to United States history.
Identify and describe primary documents, material artifacts and historic sites important in United States history.