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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.

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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


  • First Americans
    I can describe the culture of Native American tribes. I can identify contributions of Native Americans to the United States. I can differentiate between primary and secondary sources. I can identify terms related to time.
  • My Home
    I can identify the national capital on a map. I can identify my home state on a map. I can identify the state capital on a map. I can identify my community on a map. I can interpret elements on a thematic map.
  • My World
    I can identify the continents on a map or globe. I can identify the oceans on a map or globe. I can identify the countries in North America on a map or globe. I can explain the elements of a map. I can differentiate between physical and political maps. I can explain the purpose of coordinate grids to help locate places on a map or globe.
  • Supply and Demand
    I can explain terms related to resources. I can summarize the influence of limited resources on choices. I can explain supply and demand. I can identify examples of goods and services.
  • Trade
    I can explain the purpose of countries trading with each other. I can differentiate between exporting and importing. I can compare the costs and benefits of spending money. I can compare the costs and benefits of saving money.
  • Citizenship
    I can differentiate between rules and laws. I can predict the impact of not having rules or laws. I can explain responsible citizenship. I can explain a right and a responsibility of being a United States citizen.
  • Colonization
    I can identify reasons colonists came to the United States. I can explain daily life in Colonial America. I can explain the positive impact of colonists and Native Americans on each other. I can explain the negative impact of colonists’ on the Native Americans. I can summarize the changes of Colonial America over time.
  • Government
    I can explain the formation of the government. I can describe the Constitution as the document that establishes the structure of the American government. I can identify the three branches of the American government. I can describe the roles of the three branches of the American government. I can explain the importance of a balance of power.
  • Immigration
    I can identify places that are meaningful to United States immigrants. I can identify reasons for immigration 100 years ago. I can explain reasons for immigration to the United States in current times. I can explain cultural influences and contributions of United States immigrants.



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