Elementary Social Studies Grade 2

1.0 Credit
36 weeks

In Social Studies Grade 2, students will study Who We Are as Americans. Second-grade students will investigate the impact of immigration over time in the United States, explore the geography of North America, and discover the foundations of American citizenship.

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Major Topics and Concepts

Segment One

  • Maps and Globes
  • Oceans and Continents
  • North America
  • Native Americans
  • Colonial America
  • European exploration
  • Symbols of the United States
  • U.S. Government
  • Primary and Secondary Sources

Segment Two

  • Resources
  • Supply and Demand
  • Trade
  • Spending and Saving
  • Immigration
  • Citizenship

Course Materials

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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I can identify terms and designations of time sequence. I can evaluate primary and secondary sources about history. I can compare the cultures of Native American tribes from different regions. I can identify contributions of Native Americans to the United States. I can explain the changes in daily Colonial life over time. I can identify reasons Europeans came to North America.

United States Government

I can identify United States Documents and the American flag as symbols of the United States. I can explain the purpose of government. I can explain the protection of the United States government of the liberty and rights of American citizens. I can identify the Constitution as the highest law of the land. I can describe the purpose of the Constitution. I can identify the three branches of the United States government.

Using Maps and Globes

I can explain elements of a map and globe. I can describe locations on a map and globe. I can identify the continents and oceans on a map or globe. I can identify the countries in North America on a map or globe. I can describe the location of the national capital. I can Identify my state and state capital.

Choices with Resources

I can explain goods and services. I can summarize the influence of limited resources on choices. I can explain supply and demand. I can compare the costs and benefits of spending money. I can compare the costs and benefits of saving money. I can explain the purpose of countries trading with each other. I can differentiate between exporting and importing.


I can explain ways to become a United States citizen. I can explain a right and a responsibility of being a United States citizen. I can describe being a responsible citizen. I can explain ways rules and laws make our community safer. I can describe ways Americans show patriotism to the United States.


I can identify reasons people came to the United States. I can describe the early immigration process to the United States. I can identify places that are meaningful to United States immigrants. I can explain the reasons people immigrate today. I can describe cultural influences and contributions of United States immigrants.