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Estimated Completion Time

36 weeks


In Social Studies Grade 2, students focus on the geography of North America, the impact of immigration, and the foundations of American citizenship.

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Course Requirements

To achieve success, students are expected to submit work in each course weekly. Students can learn at their own pace; however, “any pace” still means that students must make progress in the course every week. To measure learning, students complete self-checks, practice lessons, multiple choice questions, projects, discussion-based assessments, and discussions. Students and families are expected to maintain regular contact with teachers because, when teachers, students, and parents work together, students are successful.

Required Materials – Please view the list of materials before registering.

Major Topics and Concepts

Module 01: My World
01.00 Module One Pretest
01.01 Elements Of A Map
01.02 Continental Divide
01.03 Five Oceans
01.04 Gridwork
01.05 Political Maps
01.06 Mapping Out North America
01.07 Module One Review And Discussion-Based Assessment
01.08 Module One Assessment

Module 02: Close To Home
02.00 Module Two Pretest
02.01 Mission North
02.02 Chart Your Adventure
02.03 Heading South
02.04 Heading North
02.05 Module Two Review And Discussion-Based Assessment
02.06 Module Two Assessment

Module 03: Supply And Demand
03.00 Module Three Pretest
03.01 The Choice Is Yours
03.02 Sizing It Up
03.03 Consumer Demand
03.04 Good Golly
03.05 At Your Service
03.06 Module Three Review And Discussion-Based Assessment
03.07 Module Three Assessment

Module 04: Getting What You Need
04.00 Module Four Pretest
04.01 Trading Nations
04.02 National Needs
04.03 A Closer Look At Spending
04.04 Saving Now For Later
04.05 Module Four Review And Discussion-Based Assessment
04.06 Module Four Assessment

Module 05: The First Americans
05.00 Module Five Pretest
05.01 What year is it?
05.02 The First Americans
05.03 Primary or secondary?
05.04 Splendid Summaries
05.05 Source Work
05.06 Module Five Review And Discussion-Based Assessment
05.07 Module Five Assessment

Module 06: Discovering America
06.00 Module Six Pretest
06.01 Land Ho!
06.02 Spreading Of Spain
06.03 English Expansion
06.04 Fancy Furs
06.05 Changing Lives
06.06 Module Six Review And Discussion-Based Assessment
06.07 Module Six Assessment

Module 07: Coming To America
07.00 Module Seven Pretest
07.01 Get Packing
07.02 Immigration Waves
07.03 Glorious Greeting
07.04 Coming To America
07.05 The More Differences, The Merrier
07.06 Positive Changes
07.07 Module Seven Review And Discussion-Based Assessment
07.08 Module Seven Assessment

Module 08: What is citizenship?
08.00 Module Eight Pretest
08.01 Following The Rule Of The Law
08.02 Lead The Way
08.03 Rights: Yours, Mine, Ours
08.04 Living Together
08.05 Module Eight Review And Reflection
08.06 Module Eight Assessment

Module 09: Who is in charge?
09.00 Module Nine Pretest
09.01 Formation Of Our Government
09.02 We The People
09.03 Lawfully Legislative
09.04 Exactly Executive
09.05 Justifiably Judicial
09.06 Module Nine Review And Discussion-Based Assessment
09.07 Module Nine Assessment

Credits 1


  • Learning About Maps & Globes
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of maps and globes by identifying key elements of a map and physical features of the earth, recognizing how coordinate grids are used, and locating and labeling places on physical and political maps.
  • Using Maps & Globes
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of the use of maps and globes by exploring how maps and globes are used to locate specific places and display particular themes, and using them to locate continents, countries and capitals.
  • Supply & Demand
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of supply and demand by exploring the impact resources have on the choices people make, explaining the relationship between supply and demand, and providing examples of goods and services.
  • World Trade
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of trade by exploring the relationship between supply and demand, recognizing that the United States trades with other nations, defining terms related to trade, and explaining the costs and benefits of spending and saving.
  • First Americans & Timelines
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of key terms related to time sequencing and important information about the first inhabitants of North America by using primary and secondary sources to explore how things change over time, completing a timeline, and identifying the contributions, cultural aspects, and various tribes of Native Americans
  • European Colonization in North America
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of European colonization and colonial life by exploring the arrival of Europeans, how life changed over time and how immigration impacted Native Americans in North America.
  • Immigration
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of immigration by examining immigration to the United States over time, describing the cultural influences and contributions of immigrants, and identifying symbols and locations representative of immigration to the United States.
  • Rules, Laws & Citizenship
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of citizenship, rules and laws in the United States by identifying and explaining the purpose of rules and laws, and describing different types of citizenship, rights of United States citizens, and how citizens contribute to the community.
  • United States Government
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of the United States government by exploring why governments are formed, identifying documents and individuals that represent the United States, and explaining the three branches of government.



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